The two-month filing period has begun for a program that annually gives away $1 million in grants to community organizations.
County agencies including nonprofit organizations, schools, and government departments that need funds for projects to help others in the community are encouraged to apply.
Earlier this year, the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Tribal Council awarded $1 million in grants to 27 different agencies through its community grant awards program.
The grants are offered as part of a 10-year agreement between Madera County and the Chukchansi Indians. In 2007, it committed the tribe to giving $1 million back to the community each year for three years, but that commitment was later extended to $1 million per year for 10 years. According to the agreement, grant recipients must expend funds within two years or the grant will be returned to the tribe...