Bank of the Sierra Awards $27K in Grants to Coastal and Southern California Nonprofits During Second Quarter
August 15, 2019
Porterville, CA – Bank of the Sierra announced today that $27,000 was given to nine nonprofits in the bank’s Central Coast and Southern California markets during the second quarter. The bank awards $1,000-$5,000 grants to 15-25 nonprofit organizations each quarter as part of its Sierra Grant program. Overall in the second quarter, Bank of the Sierra awarded a total of $62,500 to nonprofits in eight counties it serves.
Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County received a Sierra Grant to help support their Neighborhood Revitalization and Home Preservation programs. The Neighborhood Revitalization program revitalizes and rehabilitates low-income neighborhoods. The Home Preservation program preserves and maintains existing homes owned by low-income individuals, most of whom are seniors.
Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project was awarded a Sierra Grant to help its Education and Counseling Program for Youth. The program provides free mental health resources to teenagers by facilitating support groups, one-on-one counseling, crisis intervention education, and outreach. Services include specialized support programming for behaviorally at-risk youth, uninsured or low-income youth, and other groups.
Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County will use its Sierra Grant to support its Senior Nutrition programs. The organization’s Healthy Senior Lunch Program serves healthy meals to approximately 2,000 seniors each day. Many of the seniors are living below the federal poverty level.
“It’s important to give back to our communities, and I’m always thrilled when we can help support organizations that do such wonderful work in the cities we serve,” said Kevin McPhaill, Bank of the Sierra President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Sierra Grant program has allowed us to give back to our communities for over 15 years.”
About the Sierra Grant Program
Since its inception in 2004, the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over two million dollars to organizations that improve local communities. Nonprofits 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
About Bank of the Sierra
Bank of the Sierra is in its 42nd year of operations and is the largest independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley. Bank of the Sierra is a community-centric regional bank, which offers a full range of retail and commercial banking services with full-service branches located within the counties of Tulare, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. The bank also maintains an online branch, and provides specialized lending services through an agricultural credit center and an SBA center. Bank of the Sierra is recognized as one of the strongest and top-performing community banks in the country, with a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial and a Sm-All Star award from Sandler O’Neill.