• Who is eligible to apply?

    San Manuel accepts applications from organizations that provide services in San Bernardino and Riverside County, including:

    • 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit organizations
    • Public Schools
    • Local Government agencies

    Additionally, applications are accepted from Tribal Governments and Tribal nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.


  • What are the Program Areas that San Manuel supports?

    San Manuel supports projects that serve San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and Native American communities nationwide in the following areas:

    • Education
    • Health
    • Economic & Community Development
    • and Special Projects

    For a complete description, please refer to our Program Areas page.


  • May we submit additional requests for different projects within the same year? How many times can my organization apply for funding?

    No. Only one request per organization per 12-month period will be considered.


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

    No. San Manuel only accepts donation applications through our online system . If you do not have internet access, or are having technical difficulties with your application, please refer to our Contact Info 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, our staff is not available to answer questions regarding your proposal status. We thank you for your patience. We will contact you once your proposal has been considered and a determination has been made.


  • Does your charitable giving program pay for salaries?

    Administrative costs are generally not supported.


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

    We ask that organizations only apply for one program at a time.


  • Our organization was awarded a grant. When do I submit my End of Year report?

    You will receive an email approximately 30 days in advance of when your report is due, though you should be collecting measurable data about your successes and challenges throughout the course of the year. Please do not submit a report until you receive our email. The End of Year report must be completed on the template provided. Please note the End of Year report will be emailed to the Primary Contact listed in your grant application. If this 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 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. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to apply using our application for $5,000 and below.


  • Can we meet with someone from San Manuel to discuss our proposal?

    Due to the volume of requests received, we are not available to meet in person to discuss proposals before they are submitted. Once your proposal is submitted using our online application, a Program Officer will contact you if additional information or a site visit is required.


  • Do you give grants to individuals?

    No. At this time our charitable giving program does not provide grants to individuals.


  • 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.


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

    Yes. A budget template is required for all applications.


  • I am a nonprofit that offers a variety of services. What Program Area should I apply for?

    You should apply for the Program Area that fits best with the overall mission of your organization, rather than just specific to one program.

    For example:

    • If your primary service is for domestic violence, the Program Area should be Health.
    • If your primary service is employment training, though you are also offer a program in health and safety on the job, the Program Area should be Economic & Community Development.