The primary function of the Grants Division is to research, identify and apply for new funding resources that support Tribal Departments and programs of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians. The Tribe’s programmatic and infrastructure needs are evaluated on an ongoing basis to determine appropriate funding opportunities to enhance, supplement or offset Tribal funding resources.



Applications for the 2013 Community Grant Program of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians and Madera County are now available and due on or before March 1, 2013.

“I cannot begin to explain how beneficial the Community Grant Program has been to Madera County,” said Max Rodriguez, upcoming 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.”

Now in its seventh year, the Community Grant Program will ultimately span 10 years and filter $10 million into the County. The program is funded by the Picayune Rancheria through a cooperative agreement with the County.

“Picayune Rancheria, over the years, in conjunction with Madera County, has been able to provide much needed funds to many deserving organizations in our area through the Community Grant 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,” said Tribal Chairwoman, Nancy Ayala.

The Community Grant Award banquet is generally held the third week of April. According to the cooperative agreement, grant recipients must expend funds within two years or the grant will be returned to the Tribe.

Grant applications are available at the offices of the Madera County Board of Supervisors, 200 West Fourth St., Madera, California 93637, or by using the links provided below.


IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) $50,000 – Chukchansi Heritage Preservation Project.  Will establish a single cataloging system by qualified Consultants to inventory the PRCI’s historical and cultural collections.  A Curation Policies and Procedures Manual will also be completed.

Northern California Indian Development Council $1,320 – Will fund fire prevention safety supplies for Tribal Elder homes.

FEMA : $49,946 – For the update to the Tribe’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The funding will pay for the qualified Consultants/related supplies who will conduct the process and prepare the updated plan.

Bureau of Indian Affairs: $11,500 – Will provide for a limited scope of restoration activities and related supplies on Tribal Trust lands.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-General Assistance Program – $135,000- Will continue funding for activities related to the operation of the Tribal Transfer Station and the purchase of a new vehicle.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Clean Air Act – $73,000 –  Will continue funding for staff and related supplies for air monitoring activities related to our Tribal air program.

U.S. Department of the Interior – National Park Service – THPO – $54,893 – Will now fund 91% of the Natural/Cultural Resources Department.