San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Awards 161 Grants in the 2023 Grant Cycle

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The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently completed its 2023 grant cycle, awarding 161 grants to Native, local and national non-profits in the Inland Empire and Indian Country. The Dodger’s Foundation, one of this year’s grantees, will use the funds to build three new baseball fields in San Bernardino to inspire underserved athletes. Funding was also granted to organizations supporting Native American children, after-school programs and housing organizations for vulnerable populations.  

The grants ranged from $5,000 to $3 million and reflected one or more of the Tribe’s four philanthropic pillars—inspiring our future through education, empowering lives, reinforcing healthy and resilient communities, and preserving cultural traditions and empowering Indian Country. 

“Often times, we find hardworking people dedicated to improving lives and communities yet may have limited resources to complete their calling. Without these altruistic individuals, many of the tools used to support mental health, family housing, cultural preservation, and even to pursue higher education, would not exist,” Valbuena says. “As a Tribe, we understand the importance in providing a hand up so that non-profits and community leaders can make the impacts that change the world around us.”

Read more about the 2023 Grant Cycle.