Grant Opportunities

Grant OpportunitiesProgram grants are driven by The San Diego Foundation mission, and focus on community needs and impact that will benefit our region.

Grants are awarded through a competitive process for programs that advance the framework of WELL (Work, Enjoy, Live and Learn) in San Diego for a cohesive, vibrant region.

Through WELL, The Foundation is mobilizing resources to prepare San Diegans for 21st century work; championing the belief that all in our community have access to treasured outdoor and cultural amenities; advancing efforts for all local residents to have access to a clean and healthy environment, vibrant and engaged neighborhoods, housing affordability and convenient transportation; and ensuring that San Diegans have access to vital tools to thrive in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), arts- and environment-based education.

Unsolicited grant requests for program grants are not considered. To review available opportunities, please check our website and Frequently Asked Questions. For additional questions, please contact Kerri Favela, Grants Manager, at Kerri@sdfoundation.org or 619-402-1827.

Current grant opportunities are listed below. Please note that available grants, applications and deadlines change throughout the year. We encourage you to revisit our site frequently for active opportunities. During periods where no grants are posted, we encourage you to return periodically for new announcements.

Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation
2015/2016 Grant Cycle
Community Impact

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation is in its 27th year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo. In the current cycle, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation will accept proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community.

The goal of the grant cycle is to support programs that make Rancho Bernardo a great place in which to live, work and play. Desirable projects will increase dialogue and participation, inspire community pride, revitalization and increase the quality of life of the broader community.

Applications are due Friday, May 22 by 5:00 p.m.


Ramona Community Foundation
2015/2016 Grant Cycle
Cycle 4
Community Impact

The Ramona Community Foundation is in its fourth year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Ramona. In the current cycle, the Ramona Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals specifically for Ramona that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community.

The goal of the grant cycle is to support programs that make Ramona a great place in which to live, work and play. Desirable projects will increase dialogue and participation, inspire community pride, revitalization and increase the quality of life of the broader community.


Climate Initiative: Building Regional Resilience to Climate Change

The San Diego Foundation invites local governments, public agencies and nonprofits in San Diego County to apply for the Building Regional Resilience to Climate Change grant cycle. The goal of this program is to advance community efforts to put the San Diego, 2050 is Calling. How Will We Answer? report into action, and build the capacity of local governments and public agencies to prepare local communities for the impacts of climate change.

There is approximately $200,000 in available funding to award. Applicants may request between $20,000 and $100,000. Project partnerships and collaborations among local governments, public agencies, and nonprofits are highly encouraged.

This application process has two components: a letter of interest due March 16 (not required) and a written application due April 20 (required). Please review the grant guidelines for more information.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is 12:00 p.m. (PST) on Monday, April 20, 2015.

Grant Seekers Webinar and Office Hours
A voluntary, informational webinar regarding the grant opportunity will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 from noon to 1:00 p.m. We will also be available to answer additional questions by appointment.

To register for the webinar and/or to schedule a time to discuss the grant opportunity with staff of The San Diego Foundation, please contact Kim Fields at kimf@sdfoundation.org or 619-235-2300.