Bank of the Sierra Awards $125K in Grants During First Quarter of 2023

April 19, 2023

Community bank’s Sierra Grant Program provides funding to 22 nonprofits

Porterville, Calif. – Bank of the Sierra is proud to announce that during the first quarter of 2023 it donated $125,000 to nonprofit organizations in its communities through its Sierra Grant program. Since the program’s inception in 2004, more than 1,700 grants have been awarded. Bank of the Sierra awards $1,000-$15,000 grants to 15-30 nonprofit organizations each quarter as part of the program. 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

Through the Bank’s Sierra Grant Program, from January to March this year, a total of $67,500 was given to 13 Central Valley nonprofits, $52,500 was donated to eight nonprofits in the Bank’s Coastal and Southern California footprint, and $5,000 was awarded to a single nonprofit that covers both regions. In the first quarter, Bank of the Sierra awarded $125,000 to nonprofits in the seven counties it serves.

Nonprofit organizations that received a Sierra Grant in the first quarter of 2023 include:

Fresno County

  • California Tribal Emergency Response & Relief Agency (CAL TERRA)
  • Centers for Living
  • One Collective

Kern County

  • KHSDLynx
  • The Mission at Kern County

Kings County

  • Kings County Commission on Aging Council

Santa Barbara County

  • Channel Islands YMCA – Lompoc Family YMCA branch
  • Food From The Heart
  • The Turner Foundation

San Luis Obispo County

  • Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation
  • YMCA San Luis Obispo

Tulare County

  • Assistance League of Visalia
  • Visalia Emergency Aid Council (VEAC)

Ventura County

  • House Farm Workers!
  • Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (HTFVC)
  • United Way of Ventura County

Multiple counties

  • Bridge2College (Fresno and Kings counties)
  • Central California Food Bank (Fresno and Kings counties)
  • City Without Orphans (Tulare and Fresno counties)
  • Hands in the Community (Tulare and Kings counties)
  • Ventura County Community Development Corporation (Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Kern counties)
  • Wayfinder Family Services (Tulare, Kings, and Fresno counties)

“We’re overjoyed for the opportunity to help organizations that contribute to our communities,” said Kevin McPhaill, Bank of the Sierra President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is just the start of what the Sierra Grant Program will help accomplish in 2023!”

About the Sierra Grant Program

Since its inception in 2004, the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over $3.6 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

About Bank of the Sierra
Bank of the Sierra is in its 45th 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, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. The bank also maintains two loan production offices and an online branch and provides specialized lending services through an agricultural credit center. Bank of the Sierra is recognized as one of the strongest community banks in the country with a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial.