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Bank of the Sierra awards grants to coastal nonprofits  

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The Bank of Sierra branch in Paso Robles is located at 1207 Spring St.

Bank of the Sierra announced earlier this month that $23,500 was given to seven nonprofits in the bank’s Central Coast and Southern California markets during the first quarter. The bank awards $1,000-$5,000 grants to 15-20 nonprofit organizations each quarter as part of its Sierra Grant program. Overall in the first quarter, Bank of the Sierra awarded a total of $66,000 to nonprofits in eight counties it serves.

The California 4-H Foundation is hosting its signature event, the 4-H State Leadership Conference, at UC Davis in July. A Sierra Grant will help several young 4-H members from low- to moderate-income families with travel and registration costs. The conference will help youth improve their leadership skills and prepare them for college and a future career.

A Sierra Grant will help support Fort Hope, a Western-style frontier town that offers events for at-risk and needy children in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Children can participate in several hands-on activities, including milking cows, making corn husk dolls, and panning for real gold. Kids can also learn where their food comes from through the five-day Taco Farm summer camp.

Ojai Festivals will use a Sierra Grant to support their BRAVO school-based music education programs. The programs provide free high-quality musical experiences to around 2,200 students in the Ojai and Ventura Unified School Districts. BRAVO events take place in classrooms during regular school hours, at the Ojai Music Festival, and at family-oriented settings.

“I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished with the Sierra Grant program,” said Kevin McPhaill, Bank of the Sierra President and Chief Executive Officer. “The program is now 15 years old, and we’ve seen our communities benefit greatly through the nonprofits we’ve supported.”

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