Palms Casino Resort is the first casino resort in Las Vegas to be fully owned and operated by a Native American tribe under the leadership of San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority (SMGHA). SMGHA and Palms are committed to creating change in the Las Vegas community through charitable giving.

We recognize the importance of answering the call of Yawa’ – to act upon one’s beliefs – in our commitment to support organizations helping to create a better tomorrow. We aim to make a positive impact in the lives of those in need and facing economic challenges in Nevada.

Read below to learn about our charitable giving program, how to apply for grants and the phases of the application process.


Inspiring Our Future Through Education

We believe education creates a path to a better future.

Funding Areas:

  • Programing that supports cultural education.
  • After-school programming to help students reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
  • Fund scholarship programs for high school and college-level students in need of financial assistance to cover tuition and education related expenses.
  • Programs directed to support college access and assist students who desire to pursue education beyond high school.
  • College and career readiness programs that provide successful transitions between high school and college, or work with students to help them gain the skills, knowledge and expertise needed for their post-secondary success.
  • Community-based arts and music programming.

Empowering Lives

We support organizations that improve the quality of life for veterans, seniors, the underserved and the homeless.

Funding Areas:

  • Direct services to prevent and address homelessness through the delivery of case management services and housing programs.
  • Programs directed to supporting economic mobility for veterans and military families.
  • Programming efforts that increase the quality of life for senior citizens.
  • Programs that provide support for victims of domestic violence.
  • Projects that create the development, preservation, or rehabilitation of accessible transitional housing.
  • Nonprofit organizations that provide accessible civil legal aid.

Preserving Cultural Traditions & Empowering Indian Country

We collaborate across Indian Country to ensure a bright, prosperous future for Indigenous people.

Funding Areas:

  • Cultural education; cultivation of indigenous heritage stewardship; maintenance and revitalization of traditional lifeways; documentary, oral history and language preservation and application.
  • Cultural gatherings, heritage celebrations and cultural centers.
  • Environmental protection, conservation and sustainability, including wildlife, plant communities, water resources and other related resources.

Reinforcing Safe & Resilient Communities

We partner with community nonprofits, Native-led organizations and local agencies that promote wellness and resilience within communities.

Funding Areas:

  • Programs that provide direct healthcare services, including education, prevention and disease management.
  • Career pathway programs that support workforce development and training opportunities.
  • Disaster response and mitigation efforts that support and protect our communities.
  • Programs that provide direct services for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
  • Programs that address conservation and education of wildlife and environmental resources or initiatives.


On February 1, 2023, at 9:00 AM (PST), the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority and Palms Casino Resort will begin accepting grant applications for the 2023 grant cycle.


Feb 1 - Apr 30

Open Submission –
Applications are accepted


MAY 1 - JUN 30

Program Officer
Review Period


JULY 1 - JULY 17

Executive Review
and Approval



Award Grants

What We Support

  • Nonprofit organizations and tribal governments providing direct services to Nevada. All programs and projects should align with the Giving Pillars.

Applicant Eligibility

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Organizations with a minimum of three continuous years of current tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.
  • Tribal and Nevada government entities requesting support for programs within our Giving Pillars.
  • K-12 schools/districts, colleges and universities. One request per school will be considered per 12-month period.


  • Organizations are only eligible to apply once per 12-month period.
  • Organizations must demonstrate strong financial capacity and performance to be considered for funding.
  • Organizations must have an established track-record that can demonstrate positive impact and progress toward desired goals.
  • First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for a grant up to $5,000.

Required Documents

If applying for a grant, the following documents must be submitted along with the proposal:

  • IRS Tax Ruling Letter
  • Current Signed W-9 Form
  • Most Recent Form 990, 990N or 990EZ
  • Financial Audit
  • Organizational Budget
  • Board of Directors List
  • Confirmation of Secured Program Funding
  • Project Budget on the Palms Template
  • Signed Letter (schools, tribal and city governments only)
  • Quotes/Bids (if applicable)

Palms Cares Does Not Support

  • National organizations that do not deliver services in our geographic area (excluding tribal organizations requests).
  • Individuals for any purpose (e.g. scholarships, hardship assistance, field trips and beauty pageants).
  • Grants are not made to organizations that discriminate against certain groups or individuals in the delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.
  • Elections, political candidates or political campaigns.
  • Fundraising dinners or events.
  • Third-party funding and/or funding for redistribution to other groups.
  • Organizations that spend more than 25% of their operating budget on administrative overhead and fundraising costs.
  • Requests to fund the majority or total cost of a project. Diversification of funding is required for a request.
  • Religious organizations seeking funding for religious purposes. Only religious organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation that seek funding for projects outlined in our Giving Pillars are eligible to apply.
  • Booster Clubs. Clubs are encouraged to work directly with school principals on school applications.
  • Capital campaign projects for sport complexes, gymnasiums, baseball fields, soccer fields, etc.

Palms Cares Highlights

In support of the local community, Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft joined Palms Casino Resort General Manager Cynthia Kiser Murphey to present a $50,000 donation to Nevada Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Jolie Brislin and Board Chairman Sam Schaul.

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