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San Manuel Cares Grant


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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
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Important Dates
Deadline: 03/31/23 5:00 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA Tribal governments and Tribal nonprofits, and grants to California nonprofits, IHEs, schools, and school districts in eligible counties to improve the quality of life and address community needs. Program areas include health, education, basic needs, community development, and culture. San Manuel’s charitable giving program supports organizations that provide services in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Applications are also accepted from Tribal Governments and Tribal nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians supports education, self-determination for all, community development—primarily in their ancestral lands and with focus on the development of opportunities for Native nations and causes across the country.

Funding Areas:

  • Inspiring our Future Through Education: Includes programs that create pathways to a better future through education. 
  • Empowering Lives: San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stands up for those who need basic services including food and shelter, and stands with those who served the country.
  • Reinforcing Healthy and Resilient Communities: San Manuel Band of Mission Indians partners with community-based organizations, native-led organizations, and local agencies that uplift and support the development and resilience of communities. 
  • Preserving Cultural Traditions and Empowering Indian Country: Working together to ensure a bright, prosperous future for all indigenous peoples. 

For more information about the Giving Pillars and eligible project areas, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who is Eligible to Apply
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
- Organizations with a minimum of three continuous years of current tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.
- Tribal and Inland Empire government entities requesting support for programs within the Giving Pillars.
- K-12 schools/districts, colleges and universities.

- Organizations must demonstrate strong financial capacity and performance to be considered for funding.
- Organizations must have an established track-record that can demonstrate positive impact and progress toward desired goals.

San Manuel Cares Does Not Support:
- National organizations that do not deliver services in the geographic area (excluding Tribal organizations requests).
- Individuals for any purpose (e.g. scholarships, hardship assistance, field trips and beauty pageants).
- Grants are not made to organizations that discriminate against certain groups or individuals in the delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.
- Elections, political candidates or political campaigns.
- Fundraising dinners or events.
- Third-party funding and/or funding for redistribution to other groups.
- Organizations that spend more than 25% of their operating budget on administrative overhead and fundraising costs.
- Requests to fund the majority or total cost of a project. Diversification of funding is required for a request.
- Religious organizations seeking funding for religious purposes. Only religious organizations that have received 501(c)(3) designation that seek funding for projects outlined in our Giving Pillars are eligible to apply.
- Booster Clubs. Clubs are encouraged to work directly with school principals on school applications.
- Capital campaign projects for sport complexes, gymnasiums, baseball fields, soccer fields, etc.

Pre-Application Information
All applications must be submitted by March 31, 2023, at 5:00 pm (PST) for organizations to be considered eligible.

- Feb 1- Mar 31: Open Submission - Applications are accepted
- Apr 1 - June 30: Program officer review period
- July 1-17: Executive review and approval
- July 30: Award grants

Organizations are only eligible to apply once per 12-month period.

Application information:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants are available for:
- $5,000 and below
- Above $5,000 to $100,000

Unsolicited requests for over $100,000 are not accepted. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to apply using the application for $5,000 and below.

Contact Information
To apply online for a donation of $5,000 and below:

To apply for a donation above $5,000 to $100,000:

For any inquiries regarding San Manuel Cares, please contact

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
26569 Community Center Drive
Highland, CA 92346

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