Self-Help Enterprises recently received a generous $10,000 grant through the Bank of the Sierra to continue to support the organization’s community sustainability initiatives across the Central Valley.
“We greatly appreciate Bank of the Sierra’s donation to support our efforts. This funding will have a direct impact on our efforts to provide much needed assistance to communities who face disproportionate impacts from inequitable water management, land use and planning decisions,” said Sonia Sanchez, Self-Help Enterprises Senior Community Development Specialist.
The Community Sustainability (CS) programs focus on community engagement and planning in the area of clean, affordable water and energy. Significant project efforts include the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), Multibenefit Land Repurposing Program, as well as equity and power building. The grant will help expand measures and resources to ensure long-term sustainable water sources in rural communities. Funding will be crucial as Valley residents prepare for the upcoming drought season.
The CS team will also use the grant to connect disadvantaged communities to clean, renewable, and affordable energy sources. This includes clean energy projects such as Solar on Multi-family Affordable Housing (SOMAH), which provides financial incentives for installing solar panel systems on multi-family, affordable housing. Additional clean mobility projects include Miocar, an electric vehicle car-sharing service that provides affordable transportation from cars at several SHE multi-family housing sites.