Sierra Grant Program
Apply for a Grant
If you are involved with a nonprofit program you believe would benefit from a grant, you can apply for a Sierra Grant from Bank of the Sierra. Most grants average between $1,000 and $5,000, but grants may be larger if circumstances warrant the increase.
Bank of the Sierra’s grant program is unique in that it begins and ends at the branch. Your Market President is your contact when making a grant request and will submit your request to the Bank of the Sierra grant committee. Bank of the Sierra accepts grant applications during four quarterly cycles every year. Please take this time frame into consideration when applying for a specific program or event.
Grant Submission Schedule
|Begin Date||End Date||Award Date|
|Jan 1||Mar 31||April 30|
|April 1||Jun 30||July 31|
|July 1||Sep 30||Oct 31|
|Oct 1||Dec 31||Jan 31|
Simply complete the following steps and submit to your local Bank of the Sierra Market President. If you are unsure about your program’s funding eligibility, please review the “Who We Give To” section.
Complete the Sierra Grant Application. Prepare a proposal letter no longer than three typed pages including the following information:
Organizational Description: Summary of mission and objectives, contact name, phone number, and email address
Project Description: Project description may include: grant amount requested, project history, number and demographics of people served, expected results, marketing and promotional plans, and dates and ticket prices or fees of performances or events, if applicable
Volunteerism: Description of any opportunity for Bank of the Sierra’s volunteer involvement that might be associated with the grant or project
Attach the following documents:
- Copy of your organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status letter
- Project/program budget detailing expenses, anticipated income sources, and any previous funding by the Sierra Grant Program
- Current list of your organization’s business and foundation donors with their contribution levels, if publicly available
- Current list of the proposed project donors with their contribution levels, if publicly available
- Current annual operating budget with income and expenses
- List of your organization’s Board of Directors, including names, titles, and affiliations
Make a copy for your records. Submit all materials to your Bank of the Sierra Market President, who will submit your request, make funding recommendations, and be your contact for information and status updates.
Who We Give To
The communities Bank of the Sierra serves have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. One way the Bank will help them is by awarding Sierra Grants to organizations that demonstrate their plans to help those affected by COVID-19. Please detail any plans your nonprofit has to assist those in need due to the pandemic in your Sierra Grant application.
The Sierra Grant Program funds programs that provide children, individuals, and families with community services that solve medical health and well-being problems. Programs of particular interest include:
- Initiatives that reflect the diversity within our communities
- Healthcare and clinics designed to provide services to those with limited access
- Services that assist families in crisis, especially those serving children and elderly people
Bank of the Sierra provides direct support to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and other agencies that work to preserve the Sierras.
Bank of the Sierra provides direct support to schools and community-based nonprofit organizations that enhance the educational development of children. Examples include:
- After-school programs (like Police Athletic League and Boys & Girls Club) that provide children with constructive programs
- School partnerships (like Adopt-A-School)
Our Award Procedure
Bank of the Sierra seeks to appropriate the annual allotted funds across all of its market communities, with equal and democratic distribution among the agencies and programs it supports.
There are nine seats on the grant committee. The committee is composed of bank executives and officers.
Bank of the Sierra Does Not Fund:
- Programs outside Bank of the Sierra’s branch communities
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Advocacy or research groups
- Educational institutions for regular instructional programs
- For-profit organizations
- Political organizations
The Sierra Grant committee limits grant funding to one time per 12-month period, per organization.