Read the Grant Guidelines to learn about the programs and organizations the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will support.

Applicant eligibility, required documents and conditions for the 2024 San Manuel Cares Grant Cycle are available down below.



What We Support

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

  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Charter schools
  • Local government agencies
Applications are also accepted from Tribal Governments and Tribal nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.
All programs and projects should align with the Giving Pillars.

Application Eligibility

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Organizations with a minimum of three (3) continuous years of current tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.
  • Tribal government entities requesting support for programs within our Giving Pillars.
  • K-12 schools/districts, colleges and universities. One request per school will be considered per 12-month period.


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

Required Documents

If applying for a grant, the following documents must be submitted along with the proposal:

  • 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 Secured Program Funding
  • Project Budget on the San Manuel Template
  • Signed Letter (schools, tribal and city governments only)
  • Quotes/Bids (if applicable)

San Manuel Cares Does Not Support

  • National organizations that do not deliver services in our 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.

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