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.

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

No. Only one request per organization per 12-month period will be considered.  Please refer to our Grant Guidelines page.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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)

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.

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