Bank of the Sierra Provides COVID-19 Funding Through Sierra Grant Program, Awards $32K to Coastal and Southern California Nonprofits During Fourth Quarter
February 9, 2021
Porterville, Calif. – Bank of the Sierra announced today that $32,000 was given to 11 nonprofits in the Bank’s Central Coast and Southern California markets during the fourth quarter. The Bank will continue to prioritize funding to nonprofit organizations that are fighting or have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through its Sierra Grant Program. Bank of the Sierra awards $1,000-$5,000 grants to 15-25 nonprofit organizations each quarter as part of the program. Overall in the fourth quarter, Bank of the Sierra awarded a total of $55,000 to nonprofits in the eight counties it serves.
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley will use its Sierra Grant for operating expenses related to the STEM Education Enrichment Addressing Learning Loss, School Closures and Blended Distance Learning Program. The program was designed in response to Ventura County school closures and reductions in site capacity due to COVID-19. Its goal is to keep members engaged in learning about science, technology, engineering, and math while schools are closed.
The C.R.E.W. (Concerned Resource and Environmental Workers) will support its Project Management Training Program with a Sierra Grant. Staff will be taught critical thinking, financial management, and problem-solving skills with real-world learning experiences. Even though many of its usual community events in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties have been canceled due to COVID-19, the nonprofit plans to prepare its employees for when these events return.
A Sierra Grant will benefit the Camino Scholars education program from People’s Self-Help Housing Corporation. The program serves approximately 350 students who are mostly English language learners or from low-income households throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Enrollment has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many parents’ concern over their children’s education grows. The program provides after-school programs for additional academic support as well as a College Club to assist students with applying for and completing college.
“One of the many ways we’re helping our communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is through the Sierra Grant Program,” said Kevin McPhaill, Bank of the Sierra President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to helping our local nonprofits overcome challenges they may face throughout 2021!”
About the Sierra Grant Program
Since its inception in 2004, the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over $2.6 million 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 website at bankofthesierra.com/sierragrant.
About Bank of the Sierra
Bank of the Sierra is in its 44th 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 a loan production office and 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.