The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is now accepting applications for its 2022 Community Outreach Awards, a new program that will distribute grants of up to $5,000 to certain local organizations.
The awards will honor an array of different groups serving communities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and that fall into one of the following categories: Native American culture, social services, education, hospitals and health organizations, or military and military families support groups, according to the tribe.
Federally recognized tribal programs, Native communities, and organizations located in the Banning and San Gorgonio Pass area will be given preference.
“Giving back to the community has always been a part of Morongo’s values,” Morongo's tribal chairman Charles Martin said in a press release. “We’re excited about the Community Outreach Awards Program, which will help us support a broad cross section of organizations that serve the many needs of people all across the Inland Empire.”
The deadline to apply via the Morongo website is Feb. 25. Recipients will be announced in early April. Any applications submitted after the deadline will be considered for next year's awards cycle, the tribe said.
Questions should be directed to the Morongo Community Outreach Department, either by calling 951-755-5063 or by emailing CommunityOutreach@morongo-nsn.gov.
Amanda Ulrich writes for The Desert Sun as a Report for America corps member. Reach out on Twitter at @AmandaCUlrich.
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