Current Grantmaking

Grants 2015-2016

In its seventh grant cycle, OCF invited San Diego County nonprofits to submit an application to apply for OCF 2015-2016 grants on the theme of Connecting to the Outdoors. OCF wants to advance the community aspect of living in Oceanside. We are making a call to action to neighborhoods, nonprofits and community leaders to come up with creative solutions that engage people in addressing Oceanside issues. During this grant cycle, the OCF will make grants for health and human services projects which engage residents in healthy lifestyles; to connect, protect, or increase access to the outdoors for people of all ages and abilities in Oceanside.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:

North County LGBTQ Elementary Bus Voucher Program
Buena Vista Audubon Society
The grant of $5,000 will be used to support Buena Vista Audubon Society’s Elementary Bus Voucher Program. This program offers students nature-related programs from trained volunteer Nature Guides. Teachers choose the program that best fits their grade-level science standards. Their goals include teaching children a love of nature and environmental appreciation through personal experiences. With the grant, Buena Vista Audubon Society will be able to provide more transportation assistance to Oceanside elementary schools so that they are able to participate in the Elementary Education Program.

North County LGBTQ Ivey Ranch Outdoor Education
Ivey Ranch Elementary School
The grant of $8,000 will support around 130 students to be able to attend Cuyamaca Outdoor School. This outdoor school features credentialed teachers and follows a curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Science Standards. The grant money will be combined with Ivey Ranch Elementary School parents’ fundraising efforts by teachers and parents to reduce the cost of camp for everyone and pay for families that can’t afford it.

North County LGBTQ Transitional Youth Academy
Interfaith Community Services
A grant of $10,000 Interfaith Community Services will expand the Transitional Youth Academy program to offer motivational and therapeutic outdoor activities to keep students on-track towards high school graduation, as well to increase student access to outdoor activities. Bolstered by the support of the Oceanside Charitable Foundation, the Transitional Youth Academy program will present five outdoor adventure trips, in partnership with Outdoor Outreach, to 60 students, along with two therapeutic riding trips to Ivey Ranch Park for 40 students.
North County LGBTQ Outdoor Access Through Horses
Ivey Ranch Park Association
The grant of $10,000 will allow Ivey Park Ranch Association to get 125 new Oceanside senior citizens or residents with mobility impairments to participate in the Ivey Equestrian Program. The subsidy will allow for reduced fees where the need is shown. During the six-week program, participants will have weekly, 30-minute-long riding lessons. Each class is made up of 1-3 participants with a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) instructor. The Therapeutic Riding Program provides support to seniors, those with mobility impairments, and to their families. This support is both physical and psychological.
North County LGBTQ Organic Agriculture Education & Training for People with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
T.E.R.I., Inc.
The grant of $15,000 will help to educate up to 100 participants with autism and other special needs regarding methods of organic farming, provide both classroom knowledge and experiential, hand-on experience to all participants. The program will help to transform the health of participants through growing and consuming healthy food. Additionally, the program will employ participants in TERI farming and build collaborative relationships with other local organic farmers to employ trained participants. TERI will operate the organic agriculture at their Oceanside residence, Michalowski House.

Grants 2014-2015

In its sixth cycle of grantmaking, the Oceanside Charitable Foundation awarded a total of $58,000 to seven outstanding programs dedicated to enhancing the Oceanside community through neighborhood leadership and voluntarism.
Grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:
Bread of Life Bread of Life Rescue Mission
A grant of $5,000 will support Bread of Life Rescue Mission’s food distribution program. The Board, Grants Committee and the general Membership voted to support their efforts in the pick-up and delivery of food to Oceanside’s working poor and homeless families. Bread of Life is addressing an issue that the foundation has determined to be critical in our community.
North County LGBTQ Leadership Summit Project
North County LGBTQ Resource Center
A grant of $5,000 will support the Leadership Summit Project, a youth-driven educational program that aims to strengthen LGBT students and their relations with peers and community members while providing a safe environment for all. The program provides peer support, leadership development and training throughout the school year in starting, strengthening, and sustaining Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs in Oceanside high schools. The OCF grant will help the Resource Center boost participation from 90 students to 150.

CERT Oceanside CERT
Oceanside Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
A grant of $5,000 will allow Oceanside CERT to expand its civilian training programs. The mission of Oceanside CERT is to provide a cadre of well trained and equipped civilian volunteers capable of caring for themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster. The OCF grant will allow CERT to expand from two training academies a year to four, expand from quarterly refresher training drills to bimonthly drills and launch a monthly training meeting offering expanded curriculum. The OCF grant will support CERT’s efforts to train 160 Oceanside citizens in the following year.
Ivey Ranch Volunteer With A Friend
Ivey Ranch Park Association
A grant of $5,000 will enable Ivey Ranch to spread the word about its volunteer programs to Oceanside students through visits to each school in the Oceanside Unified School District. Ivey Ranch Park Association provides therapeutic riding programs to both disabled and able-bodied children and teens and offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, from stall cleaning to horse-leading during lessons. The grant will support 23 school assemblies, during which Ivey Ranch staff will bring a horse to campus and introduce the concept of therapeutic riding and the ranch’s volunteer programs. The organization hopes to reach more than 20,000 Oceanside students through these assemblies and to engage at least 200 new volunteers.
CSUSM CSUSM School of Nursing Healthcare Project
California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) Foundation
A grant of $10,000 will allow CSUSM nursing students to initiate a free wellness program at St. Anne’s Church in Oceanside. The project will focus on decreasing the incidence of metabolic syndrome, a major health concern nationwide. The project will be two-fold: community members of all ages will be screened for hypertension, hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia before and after the intervention. The intervention will consist of a wellness program that includes free aerobic activities, yoga, health education and healthy cooking classes. Past participants in the nutrition classes will eventually do peer training to continue the wellness program.
TIP TIP Training Academy and Resource Guide
Trauma Intervention Program of San Diego, Inc.
A grant of $10,000 will enable Trauma Intervention Program of San Diego (TIP) to recruit Oceansidebased volunteers with a local training academy. TIP volunteers are trained citizens in the community who provide emotional and practical support to citizens in crisis immediately following a tragic event. During the Oceanside academy, volunteers will be taught the tools needed to be the emotional and practical support for fellow citizens. The grant will also fund a much-needed update to the TIP print resource guide, which is compiled of local services frequently needed by TIP clients. With the OCF grant, TIP will be able to hold two training academies.
Vista Community Clinic REACH
Vista Community Clinic.
A grant of $18,000 will enable Vista Community Clinic to engage the students in its REACH (Recreation, Employment, Academics, Communication and Health) program in a neighborhood beautification project. REACH, housed at the Libby Lake Community Center, strives to help youth lead healthier and safer lives and engages 75-100 6th-12th grade students each year. The OCF grant will engage these youth – along with 25 elementary-school students – in a Libby Lake beautification project that will include weekly trash pickups, painting two murals, re-painting the electrical boxes located around the park, and hosting four, larger park clean ups that will include the participants’ families.

Grants 2013-2014

In its fifth cycle of grantmaking, the Oceanside Charitable Foundation awarded a total of $52,600 to five outstanding programs dedicated to enhancing the Oceanside community through arts and culture.
Grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:
Genration Next 2014 17th Annual San Luis Rey Inter-Tribal Pow Wow
San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians Foundation
$2,500 will be used to improve communication and outreach activities to increase the visibility of the San Luis Rey Band of Indians and its major event, the Annual Inter-Tribal Pow Wow. The Tribe’s Pow Wow allows the communities surrounding the Mission San Luis Rey to come gather together as the Tribe and other Native Americans share their rich cultural traditions with Oceanside and the rest of the region. The Tribe will also increase outreach to Oceanside youth through partnerships with local schools to more effectively encourage the participation of students, teachers, and families.
Genration Next Healing Through Art
North County Lifeline
$17,000 will enable North County Lifeline to work with the Crown Heights Teen Youth Council to organize an art show of work created by Oceanside youth. The North County Lifeline’s Crown Heights Youth Development Program provides neighborhood youth an alternative to gang involvement and a safe haven where they improve their grades, learn employable skills, become civic leaders, enjoy new cultural experiences, and find creative outlets to express themselves. The art show will highlight this healing, creative expression and will include a collaboration with Writerz Blok San Diego, a gang-neutral graffiti art program.

Glow in the park Hear Me and Heal Me Transitional Housing Program
The Museum of Making Music
$6,600 will allow the Museum of Making Music, in partnership with the Women’s Resource Center (WRC), to provide Hear Me and Heal Me, a twelve-week interactive, therapeutic music program for the residents of the WRC’s transitional housing. The program will include exposure to different types of music, discussion of the feelings that music can help process, instruction on lyric writing and family ukulele lessons. In addition to exposing participants to the arts, the program will help the transitional housing residents to step away from the stresses of daily life and to increase family engagement.
Glow in the park Oceanside: A Celebration of our Rich Cultural Heritage
Kids College
$20,000 will enable Kids College to produce 30 cultural enrichment programs across 15 Oceanside schools. Each school will have the option of offering theater, playwriting, cultural traditional dances (Latin or Polynesian), steel drums, guitars, mural art or cultural art classes to their students and families. Participants will incorporate their family and cultural history into their study, creating a dialogue about the diversity of heritage and tradition. The program will culminate with performances at each school and at a Community Cultural Celebration for the Oceanside community.
Glow in the park Oceanside’s Arts and Culture TV Series
$6,500 will enable KOCT to launch a new TV series highlighting Oceanside’s rich and varied arts and cultural organizations and events. The series will be broadcast on KOCT, aired during City Council meeting breaks, posted on the KOCT website, and promoted in the organization’s newsletter. Ultimately, the series will help local nonprofits and their members improve their visibility, and increase their audiences and will provide Oceanside residents the opportunity to learn more about their community.

Grants 2012-2013

In its fourth cycle of grantmaking, the Oceanside Charitable Foundation granted a record $69,250 to three community nonprofits that promote science,technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in Oceanside.
Grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:
Family Fun Days Project SWELL
San Diego Coastkeeper
$14,000 will allow San Diego Coastkeeper’s Project SWELL program to expand from fifth to sixth grade. Project SWELL is a unique hands-on water science education curriculum that trains Oceanside Unified School District teachers to educate elementary school students in preparation for success in an increasingly green economy. This program will reach 3,000 fifth and sixth grade students at 21 elementary and middle schools in Oceanside Unified School District. In total, approximately 50 science teachers will have access to the science curriculum, hands-on materials, and teacher training needed to implement the Project SWELL program and monitor learning.
Genration Next STEM Camp
Mira Costa College
$30,000 will support Mira Costa College’s STEM Camp, which will augment Oceanside student interest and performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially in minority and under-represented populations. STEM Camp will be primarily for middle and early high-school ages, and will be able to reach more than 300 students during four weeks in July and August 2013. With classes taught by industry professionals and college faculty, camp participants will show increased interest in STEM fields, improved grades in STEM classes at school, and interest in pursuing post-secondary studies in STEM subjects.

Glow in the park STEM Extended Learning Enrichment Program
The Kid's College
$25,250 was awarded to The Kid’s College’s STEM Extended Learning Enrichment Programs, which will provide elementary and middle school students an introduction to science, technology, engineering and math concepts and fundamentals, creating the spark of interest, the sense of accomplishment, and the pride of mastery that will positively influence their approach to education and increase their motivation to pursue further education and interest in STEM subjects. The program will target low-income and GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) students, who will participate in extended learning classes that will pair science and math with robotics programming using LEGO robotics kits. The ability to have the technology and curriculum coupled with high quality.

Grants 2011-2012

In its third cycle of grantmaking, the Oceanside Charitable Foundation granted $30,000 to local nonprofits, focusing on programs that addressed environmental education, water quality and conservation, and / or water habitat and wildlife preservation.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:

Energy Tech Career Pathway: Environmental Impact and Energy Conservation - El Camino High School
$15,000 will help educate El Camino students about the importance of energy and the unique needs of the area’s environment. Students will learn about environmentally sensitive areas in Oceanside and the importance of alternative energy. In addition, students will establish a working greenhouse to grow plants for habit restoration in Oceanside.

Environment Extended Learning and Enrichment Program – The Kid’s College
$15,000 will support after-school environmental and extended learning programs for elementary and high school students in Oceanside. The Environmental Education program for elementary school students will introduce students to local habitats and the concepts of conservation and preservation. Additionally, The Kid’s College will provide Energy Pathway students at El Camino High School with an eight-week guest speaker program featuring local energy experts talking about wind, solar and water environmental issues, opportunities and career paths.

Grants 2010-2011

In its second cycle of grantmaking, the Oceanside Charitable Foundation granted $22,000 to local nonprofits, focusing on Health and Human Services and more specifically, Access to Food. Over the past few years, food service organizations in the area have noticed the changing demographics of those seeking assistance; today, over 85% of those in need are families with children.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:

The San Diego Food Bank: Oceanside Neighborhood Distribution Program

$18,390 helped to bring The San Diego Food Bank's Neighborhood Distribution Program to Oceanside. The program distributed over 50,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables and nonperishable foods to families in Oceanside. The Food Bank also assisted 66 Oceanside families attending the distribution with successfully applying for Cal Fresh benefits (formerly known as food stamps). As no other agency in Oceanside assists families with the complicated CalFresh application process, the OCF-funded program provides two benefits - the short term benefit of distributed food, and the long term benefit of access to food through the CalFresh program.

Brother Benno Foundation Food and Hot Meals Program

$3,610 went to support the Food and Hot Meals Program that provides nutritional hot meals and packaged food to the working poor, the homeless, low-income seniors, and the handicapped in Oceanside. Serving Oceanside since 1976, The Brother Benno Foundation’s Food program consists of three components: a hot meal served to the public six days a week at the Brother Benno’s Center, a sack lunch provided six days a week at the Oceanside Center and a monthly distribution of boxes filled with ready-to-cook packaged food.

Grants 2009-2010


In its first year of grantmaking, the Oceanside Charitable Foundation awarded $30,000 to local nonprofits. The grant focus area was Civil Society, with a special emphasis on programs that serve Oceanside Youth.

Oceanside Civic Leadership Project - North County Lifeline, Inc.
$24,900 went to support the Oceanside Civic Leadership Project, which helps to make community service meaningful and rewarding for Oceanside youth aged 10 – 18. Participants, drawn from North County Lifeline’s juvenile diversion, delinquency prevention, gang prevention, mentoring, and after-school programs, were youth who had community service hours mandated by the school district or courts. The goal of the program is to take community service from an act of simple restitution to an opportunity for at-risk youth to redirect their behavior into positive channels, to build confidence and leadership abilities and to experience the rewards gained from helping others and giving back to the community.

YMCA Street Outreach - YMCA Youth and Family Services
$5,100 supported the YMCA Street Outreach program, which encourage homeless Oceanside youth to move off the streets and into shelters, and which works to empower homeless youth to be healthy, self-sufficient, and contributing members of society. YMCA Street Outreach Workers frequent areas where runaway and homeless youth congregate to talk about the dangers of living on the streets and to distribute Survival Packs with toiletries, non-perishable foods, bus tokens and resource information.

Grants Process

Each year the Oceanside Charitable Foundation’s Grants Committee selects and recommends to the Board an “area-of-interest” on which to focus its grant making. The committee’s recommendation is based on input from the membership, the community and research. The areas of interest include: education, health and human services, the environment, arts and culture and civil Society.

After the Board approves the focus area, the Grants Discovery subcommittee researches relevant national and regional materials for background and context, and conducts interviews with Oceanside community leaders, citizens and experts in order to promote an open dialogue, collaboration and idea flow. Based on their findings, they narrow the focus area and write the Grant Guidelines. The Guidelines are then ratified by the Board and released to the community for applications.

Grant Forum
Once the guidelines are made public, the Grants Committee begins a public relations effort to encourage all relevant and interested parties to attend its Grant Seekers Forum. Here, grant seekers learn how to submit grants to the foundation, receive answers to any questions about the granting process, and meet other Oceanside organizations/nonprofits seeking funding in the focus area. During this session, the foundation actively encourages organizations to work together to find ways they might collaborate in seeking funds to more fully benefit the community.

All grant applications are first read by the San Diego Foundation to assure thoroughness and adherence to Oceanside Charitable Foundation requirements.

Following grant reading training, committee members read all proposals and score them. Based on these scores, the committee determines which organizations will receive a site visit from a team of committee members. Every committee member making a site visit must undergo a special site visit training provided by the Grants Committee in conjunction with The San Diego Foundation.

Each site visit is rated by the site visit team and results brought back to the Grants Committee. After presentations by the teams and subsequent discussion, the committee decides which qualified organizational candidates should be placed on the final ballot. The committee makes it ballot recommendations to the Board for its approval.

Member Voting
After Board approval of the ballot, members vote to determine how grant funding will be allocated for that grant year. Winners are notified and Grant Agreement Letters are mailed. Grant monies are distributed in the second quarter of the following year.

Award Ceremony
The Oceanside Charitable Foundation holds an awards ceremony to publicly announce the grant winners. It is an occasion for the membership to meet the grant recipients and to support the visionary role of the Oceanside Charitable Foundation.

The Grants Impact sub-committee follows up with each grantee at six month intervals to assess how grant monies are being spent and update membership on the grantees’ progress.

The Oceanside Charitable Foundation Board and Grants Committee is intent on making this grant process one that uniquely reflects Oceanside and the foundation’s vision. To that end, the Grants Committee assesses the process each year (seeking representative input from all parties concerned) and submits any recommendations for change to the Oceanside Charitable Foundation Board of Directors.

Conflicts of Interest
All Grants Committee members are required to sign a Conflict of Interest document. During the proposal reading and site visit process, any committee member holding a position of influence with an organization seeking a grant through the Oceanside Charitable Foundation is not allowed to partake in discussion or voting involving that organization.