Who is eligible to apply?

Our support is directed to organizations providing services in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, including:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Charter schools
  • Local government agencies

Applications are also accepted from Tribal Governments and Tribal nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.

What are the Giving Pillars that San Manuel supports?

For a complete description, please refer to our Giving Pillars page.

How many times can my organization apply for funding?

Only one request per organization per 12-month period will be considered.  Please refer to our Grant Guidelines page.

Can we mail our application directly to San Manuel instead of applying online?

No. San Manuel only accepts donation applications through our online system. Click here for the application page.  If you do not have internet access, or are having technical difficulties with your application, please refer to our Contact Us page to speak with us directly.

Can I speak to a Program Officer? When will I be contacted about the status of my proposal?

Due to the volume of requests received, it is not always possible to answer the questions regarding your proposal status.  Please review the Grant Guidelines page to get an idea of the timeline of our grant review.

Does your charitable giving program pay for salaries?

Administrative costs and employee related expenses are generally not supported. Salaries of personnel who are directly involved in programming will be considered. Please refer to our Grant Guidelines page.

Can our organization apply for more than one program or project?

No. We ask that organizations only apply for one program at a time. Please refer to our Grant Guidelines page.

What happens after my proposal has been submitted?

Our office will review your application and attachments. If you submit the proposal prior to the application deadline, we will reach out via email if any documents need to be re-submitted. Once everything is correct, a program officer will contact you for an interview. 

Our organization was awarded a grant. When do I submit my Check In Report and End of Year report?

You will be able to see reports published on your accounts and can start preparing by reviewing the questions and collecting measurable data about successes and challenges throughout the course of the year. An email will be sent to the Primary Contact, listed in your grant application, approximately 14 days in advance of when the report is due. You can start submitting the report, once the two week reminder email is received. If the Primary Contact contact should change, please notify your Program Officer immediately.

How do I know how much my organization allocates towards administrative and fundraising costs?

This information can be obtained from Part IX on your Form 990.

How much funding should my organization request?

Your request should fit proportionally within your project budget and your organization’s overall budget. Please keep in mind that large grants constitute a small percentage of our grantmaking, and applications for the majority or total cost of a project are rarely considered.

Do you give grants to individuals?

No. At this time our charitable giving program does not provide grants to individuals. Please refer to our Grant Guidelines page.

Do you fund capital campaigns?

Funding of direct services is the largest share of the giving program.

Our organization has been in the community for many years. However, we just received our 501(c)(3) status. Can we still apply?

No. Organizations must be registered with the IRS for a minimum of three years in order to apply. Please refer to our Grant Guidelines page.

Do I have to submit a budget template with my application?

Yes. A budget template is required for all applications. The budget must be submitted on our template.

I am a nonprofit that offers a variety of services. What Giving Pillar should I apply for?

You should apply for the Giving Pillar that fits best with the overall mission of your organization. Please review our Giving Pillars page for more information.

I’m a tribal nonprofit that is located outside California. Can I still apply?

Yes. Our program lends support to tribal nations and tribal nonprofits throughout the United States, as long as your program provides support within our approved Giving Pillars.

When I apply for a grant, do I need to submit additional documents?

Yes. You will need to submit the following documents:

  • IRS Tax Ruling Letter
  • Current Signed W-9 Form
  • Most Recent Form 990, 990N, or 990EZ
  • Financial Audit
  • Organizational Budget
  • Board of Directors List
  • Confirmation of Support from Other Funders
  • Project Budget on the San Manuel Template
  • Signed Letter (Schools, Tribal & City Governments Only)
  • Quotes/Bids (If Applicable)

If I receive a grant, what’s my responsibility as a Grantee?

Complete the goals and objectives for the grant provided.

Complete Check In and End of Year Report.

Update your assigned Program Officer of any changes related to the grant immediately (including changes in scope of work, personnel changes, etc).

Logo must be used in accordance to Use of Marks.

Please see Use of Logos page.

I need the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians logo, how can I get it?

To sign our legal waiver and access San Manuel’s logo visit the Use of Logo page.

I have a question that is not answered in the FAQs. What should I do next?

If you have any questions that have not been answered in the FAQs, please refer to our Contact Us page to speak with us directly.