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We fund the work of nonprofits through donor-advised gifts, strategic grantmaking, and competitive grantmaking primarily through our Regional Affiliate program. The funding provides greater equity and opportunity throughout the San Diego region, an effort that relies on the impactful work and collaboration of nonprofits, businesses, government, academia and community leaders.

TSDF Grant Opportunities

Please note that available grants, applications and deadlines change throughout the year. We encourage you to revisit our site frequently for active opportunities, or subscribe to SDF News to get grant opportunities delivered to your inbox.

Eligibility

The Foundation welcomes applications from organizations that meet the criteria below. If you have additional questions, please read the Grantseeker FAQ.

Timely Submission

Application forms must be submitted on the deadline date and within the time outlined in the grant guidelines. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Most applications are submitted through our online portal powered by SmarterSelect. Other submission options, if needed, are outlined in the grant guidelines and may only require email attachments.

Valid Tax-Exempt Status

The Foundation awards grants to organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations working with a fiscal sponsor (an organization willing to administer the grant if awarded) that meet these criteria are also eligible. We do not accept unsolicited proposals.

Region Served

Any 501(c)(3) organization located in or providing services to San Diego County is eligible to apply for a grant through The San Diego Foundation.

Overlapping Grants

Each organization may submit only one proposal per grant program area, but may submit to multiple programs at The Foundation if each proposal is for a different project. If a project is undertaken as part of a partnership with other organizations, no more than one organization may submit a proposal for that project. If more than one proposal is submitted for the same project, all applications will become ineligible. Grantees who have previously received a grant award may apply again.

If you have program area or project specific questions, please contact the person listed in the grant guidelines or our grants administration team.


Current TSDF Grant Opportunities:

4S Ranch~Del Sur Community Foundation 2020 Grant Cycle: Health, Well-Being and Safety

MISSION & PURPOSE 

The mission and purpose of The 4S Ranch~Del Sur Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in 4S Ranch~Del Sur by meeting emerging needs through:

  • Encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy,
  • Building a community endowment,
  • Providing funds annually to organizations and causes, and
  • Giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and cash gifts that will benefit 4S Ranch~Del Sur annually and in perpetuity.

The vision of the Foundation is to inspire a culture of giving that supports, strengthens and enriches the quality of life in the 4S Ranch~Del Sur communities now and for generations to come.

Introduction

The 4S Ranch~Del Sur Community Foundation is in its 13th grant cycle and invites San Diego County nonprofits serving and impacting the residents of 4S Ranch and Del Sur Communities to submit an application for the 2020/21 grant cycle.

Focus Area

For this 2020 grant cycle the foundation will accept proposals for programs that address the health, well-being, safety, and self-sufficiency of individuals and families in the 4S Ranch and Del Sur Communities.

Deadline: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Grant Guidelines

Apply Online 


Carlsbad Charitable Foundation 2020 Grant Cycle: Letter of Intent

Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF) is accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for its 2020 grant cycle. The Letter of Intent is the first step in a two-step application process, which will facilitate the allocation of funding for Carlsbad-centered projects. The minimum funding range is $10,000 to an excess of $100,000 possibly available. The foundation will evaluate all LOI submissions and qualify those that meet the program and eligibility criteria.

The deadline for submitting the LOI is 5:00 p.m. on December 6, 2019. Organizations that are moved forward through the LOI process to the next step will be invited to submit a full application proposal by January 9th, 2020. Those organizations invited to submit a full application will submit the completed application by February 6th, 2020. Organizations that have been selected to move past the LOI stage will be notified by January 10 and will be invited to submit a full application by February 6, 2020.

Focus Area

For the 2020 grant cycle: CCF will be accepting proposals for innovative projects, partnerships and initiatives that will advance the quality of life for Carlsbad residents in a meaningful, measurable and sustainable way.

Our primary areas for impact include:

  • Health & Human Services
  • Arts & Culture
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Technological Innovation

Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Grant Guidelines

Submit Letter of Intent Online


Escondido Charitable Foundation 2020/21 Grant Cycle: Environment

Protecting Our Environment Through Education AND Action”

The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the first step in a two-step application process, which will facilitate the allocation of funding for Escondido-centered projects. The funding range is $10,000 to $30,000. The foundation will evaluate all LOI submittals and qualify those that meet the program and eligibility criteria.

The deadline for submitting the LOI is January 6, 2020 5:00 p.m.

Organizations that are moved forward through the LOI process will be invited to submit a full application by February 21, 2020.  Those organizations invited to submit a full proposal will submit completed applications by March 23, 2020.

Mission & Purpose:

The mission and purpose of The Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation (TSDF), is to improve the quality of life in Escondido by meeting emerging needs through:

  • Encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy,
  • Building a community endowment,
  • Providing funds annually to organizations and causes, and
  • Giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and cash gifts that will benefit Escondido annually and in perpetuity.

The vision of ECF is to inspire a culture of giving that supports, strengthens and enriches the quality of life in the Escondido community now and for generations to come.  From improving quality of life to rejuvenating the bonds of our communities, the contributions of ECF members stimulate a sense of common purpose by bringing people together to address essential and emerging needs.

Introduction

Each year the Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) selects a different focus area. For our 14th grant cycle, ECF invites nonprofits serving Escondido to submit applications and seeks to support organizations that will improve the quality of life in Escondido through environmental education AND action. People of all ages and abilities can play an important role as stewards of the environment.

Focus Area

Projects which meet the following criteria will be considered:

  • Cultivate and train future generations of environmental leaders and stewards
  • Engage the community in habitat conservation, restoration and ecology
  • Develop food justice programs that build knowledge of nutritious, sustainable, culturally appropriate foods to ensure people have access to healthy food. Effect a positive impact on the environment by addressing and fixing the food system
  • Create collaborative projects and/or activities in outdoor settings focusing on environmental science and stewardship (*see note)
  • Promote activities that encourage water conservation and education such as xeriscape with native plants, drought awareness, school gardens, etc.
  • Provide cleanup or improvement of local creeks or natural lands
  • Encourage activities such as recycling, repurposing and reusing that reduce/eliminate the negative impact of trash

Letter of Intent Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Grant Guidelines

Apply Online


Oceanside Charitable Foundation 2020 Grant Cycle: Community Well-Being

Mission & Purpose

The purpose of The Oceanside Charitable Foundation (OCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation (TSDF), is to improve and preserve the quality of life in Oceanside by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy; providing funds annually to Oceanside projects and programs; building an Oceanside community endowment; and giving the Oceanside community a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that benefit Oceanside now and forever.

The Oceanside Charitable Foundation is committed to the financial support of organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work and play within the geographic boundaries of the City of Oceanside.

Introduction

The Oceanside Charitable Foundation invites 501(c)3 non-profit public charities and governmental agencies serving Oceanside to submit applications with the focus on Community Well-Being.

Focus Area

For this 2020 grant cycle, The Oceanside Charitable Foundation is seeking applications for Programs that support community well-being including: cultural image enhancement; food insecurity; stronger families; and expanded diversity collaboration.

Deadline: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Grant Guidelines

Apply Online



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