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 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.

The San Diego Foundation 2015 Environment Grant Applications

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 or 619-235-2300.

Conservation Catalyst Fund

The San Diego Foundation Environment Division is currently accepting proposals for the 2015 Conservation Catalyst Fund loans program. With local conservation organizations and Our Greater San Diego Vision in mind, the Conservation Catalyst Fund takes a big picture approach to conserve, connect and maintain open spaces and parklands. The fund supports land acquisition and habitat management for jointly determined priority projects that leverage additional public funding, support science-driven adaptive restoration and management activities, and encourage policy initiatives that benefit the preservation of wild lands. The fund is collaborative, strategic and pivotal and provides zero-interest loans. Current collaborators include Conservation Biology Institute, The Conservation Fund, Endangered Habitats League, The San Diego Zoological Society, and The Trust for Public Land.

There is approximately $60,000 in available loan funding to award. This application has two components: an online section and a 6-page written section. Please review the grant guidelines for more information.