Bank of the Sierra announced that a total of $44,500 were awarded to 21 different non-profit organizations through its Sierra Grant program. Each quarter the Bank commonly awards 10 to 20 organizations with grants of $1,000 to $5,000 based on the specific needs of the organization.
The funds granted to the above organizations will go toward a range of community projects. In Tulare County, the volunteer group Blanket Ladies will use their grant to purchase materials to make blankets and other sewed and knitted products, which are donated to agencies that benefit underprivileged youths. The Lindsay Cultural Arts Council received a grant to help them complete a project to preserve the legacy of local photographer Eschol M. Hammond, whose culturally significant work documents Tulare County life in the first half of the 20th century.
In Kern County, the Advanced Center for Eyecare works to provide high quality eye care services to underserved individuals in Kern County. Another grant will aid Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire’s ongoing efforts to provide homes for low-income families throughout Kern County. The Salvation Army, Tehachapi received a grant to offset operating costs at its Community Center, where they offer a wide variety of after school programs designed to mentor and educate underprivileged youth.
Ventura-based program One Step A La Vez works to provide a safe environment for teens through multifaceted afterschool mentorship and education efforts. Kings Art Center Foundation bolsters the art education programs of Kings County K-12 schools. The Sierra Grant offered to the Fresno-based Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Center will go toward their Reaching Out and Communicating with Kids program, which aims to help families throughout the Central Valley build communication skills through sign language.
Bank President and CEO Kevin McPhaill voiced his approval of this quarter’s recipients: “Bank of the Sierra values the opportunity to partner with groups that support local people. The organizations chosen here showcase the great community building efforts in our area, and we want to encourage them to keep making a difference.”
About the Sierra Grant Program
Since its inception in 2004 the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over a million dollars to organizations that improve local communities. The grants go toward fostering community services, park preservation, and educational programs. Non-profits who wish to apply for a Sierra Grant can pick up an instructional brochure at any Bank of the Sierra branch, or visit the bank’s web site at www.bankofthesierra.com/resources/sierra_grant_program.