Applications for this year's Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Community Grant Program are now available online at Madera-county.com. Applications can also be picked-up at the Madera County Board of Supervisors, 200 West Fourth St., Madera.
The deadline for submitting applications for a share of $1 million in county-wide grants is March 1.
This is the seventh year the Chukchansi Community Grant Program has been available to county nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies.
The program is funded by the Picayune Rancheria through a cooperative agreement with the Madera County.
"I can not begin to explain how beneficial the Community Grant Program has been to Madera County," said Max Rodriguez, new chairman of the Madera County Board of Supervisors. "These grants have helped provide playground equipment, law enforcement gear, library upgrades and even community center remodels. Without the grant program, these projects would not have been possible."
Nancy Ayala, tribal chairwoman, said the rancheria, in conjunction with the county, has been able to provide much needed funds to many deserving organizations throughout the county through the program.
"We look forward to continuing that tradition this year and look forward to working with the county to ensure that this program continues to benefit the residents of Madera County," Ayala said.
The minimum grant request must be $25,000 and although not mandatory, special consideration will be given to applications that indicate the applicant will be matching funds for a project. All applicants must use the 2013 grant application provided or the request will not be considered.
The Community Grant Award banquet is generally held the third week of April.