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Bank of the Sierra

Changing Where We Live for the Better

The Sierra Grant program was designed to take hard work and great ideas further. Bank of the Sierra’s promise is to help make every community we’re in better, and the Sierra Grant program has been doing just that since 2004.

What is it?

The Sierra Grant Program offers community-driven grants, usually of $1,000 to $5,000, to local non-profits who are making a difference. Sierra Grants are community-driven in that they begin and end at the branch. The local Market President for the area is your initial contact when making a grant request. The Market President will review and submit your grant request with his or her recommendations to Bank of the Sierra’s Grant Committee.

Bank of the Sierra accepts grant applications during four quarterly cycles every year. Please take this timeframe into consideration when applying for a specific program or event.

Who we give to

The Sierra Grant Program works to give grants quarterly to organizations throughout each of Bank of the Sierra’s markets. Bank of the Sierra’s branches partner with local schools and community-minded organizations to achieve a common goal: improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

Areas of Focus

Bank of the Sierra’s Sierra Grant Program focuses in the following areas:

Community

Sierra Grant Program focuses on funding programs that provide children, families, and underprivileged individuals with services that promote health and well-being in our communities. Programs that reflect local diversity are of particular interest to us.

Examples include:

  • Healthcare clinics and other initiatives designed to provide services to those with limited access
  • Community services that assist families in crisis
  • Organizations that serve the well-being of children and the elderly

Park Preservation

The Sierra Grant Program provides direct support to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and other agencies that work to preserve the Sierra Country.

Education Services

Bank of the Sierra provides direct support to schools and community-based nonprofit organizations that enhance the educational development of local children.

Examples include:

  • After-school programs and organizations (like PAL, Boys & Girls Club) that provide children with constructive learning opportunities and mentorship
  • School partnerships (Adopt-a-School)

Who we don’t give to:

  • For-profit organizations
  • Programs outside Bank of the Sierra’s branch communities
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Advocacy or research groups
  • Educational institutions for regular instructional programs
  • Individuals
  • Political organizations

Grant Submission Schedule

Submission Cycle Award Date
Jan 1—Mar 31 April 30
April 1—Jun 30 July 31
July 1—Sep 30 Oct 31
Oct 1—Dec 31 Jan 31

Interested in applying for a Sierra Grant?

How to Apply