Bank of the Sierra Awards $250K in Grants to Nonprofits During Second Half of 2022

February 24, 2023

Community bank’s Sierra Grant Program provides funding to 47 nonprofits

Porterville, Calif. – Bank of the Sierra is proud to announce that during the third and fourth quarters of 2022 it donated $250,000 to nonprofits in its communities through its Sierra Grant program. Since the program’s inception in 2004, over 1,600 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, a total of $131,500 was given to 26 Central Valley nonprofits and $118,500 was donated to 21 nonprofits in the Bank’s Coastal and Southern California footprint throughout the last half of 2022. Overall, last year Bank of the Sierra awarded more than $540,000 to nonprofits in the seven counties it serves.

Nonprofit organizations that received a Sierra Grant in third and fourth quarters of 2022 include:

Fresno County

  • Break the Barriers
  • California Council on Economic Education
  • CASA of Fresno and Madera Counties
  • City Without Orphans
  • Connect the Valley, Inc.
  • Evangel Home
  • Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools
  • Fresno Metro Black Chamber Foundation
  • GRID Alternatives Central Valley
  • Mollie’s House
  • Valley Small Business Development Corporation

Kern County

  • African American Network of Kern County
  • Bags4Kids
  • Bakersfield Angels
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County
  • CASA of Kern County
  • Habitat for Humanity – Golden Empire
  • Jim Burke Education Foundation
  • The Mission at Kern County
  • Special Olympics Southern California – Kern County
  • Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation

Santa Barbara County

  • Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

San Luis Obispo County

  • 5Cities Homeless Coalition
  • ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization)
  • Habitat for Humanity – San Luis Obispo County
  • Hourglass Project – REACH
  • Mission Community Services Corporation
  • People’s Self-Help Housing
  • San Luis Obispo County Child Abuse Prevention Council – Center for Family Strengthening
  • San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund

Tulare County

  • Junior Achievement of Northern California
  • Parenting Network
  • Salt + Light
  • Self-Help Enterprises

Ventura County

  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
  • Coalition for Family Harmony
  • The C.R.E.W. (Concerned Resource & Environmental Workers)
  • Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast
  • Housing Land Trust Ventura County
  • United Way of Ventura County
  • VCCDC (Ventura County Community Development Corporation)

Multiple counties

  • Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
  • Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties
  • SEEAG (Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture; Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties)
  • SLO Noor Foundation (San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties)

“The Sierra Grant Program has always shown our commitment to support the organizations that do so much for the communities we both serve,” said Kevin McPhaill, Bank of the Sierra President and Chief Executive Officer. “We were thrilled to help local nonprofits make a difference in 2022 and look forward to continued success 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.