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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.

Oceanside Charitable Foundation

2018 Grant Cycle
Community Engagement

The Oceanside Charitable Foundation (OCF) invites governmental agencies and 501(c)3 nonprofit public charities serving Oceanside to submit applications with the focus on the broad topic of community engagement.

Focus Area

For this 2018 grant cycle, OCF is seeking applications for programs where individuals and organizations come together to develop the community they envision. Successful applications will present programs that enhance, beautify, educate, engage and/or promote tolerance in the Oceanside community and which have an enduring impact on our City. Please be very specific in your responses rather than using generalities.

Grant Range: $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 and $25,000.

The application deadline is Thursday, December 21 at 5:00pm PST.

Grant Guidelines

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4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation

2018 Grant Cycle
Health & Well Being

The 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation (4SCF) is in its 11th grant cycle and invites San Diego County nonprofits serving and impacting the residents of 4SRanch and Del Sur Communities to apply for the 2018 grant cycle.

Focus Area

For this 2018 grant cycle, 4SCF will be accepting proposals for programs that address the health and/or well-being of individuals, families and neighborhoods in the 4SRanch and Del Sur communities.

Examples include: programs that address mental, physical and/or nutritional health of the general population or targeted groups such as children, seniors, veterans, low income and homeless.

Accepting requests in the range of $1,500 to $10,000.

The application deadline is Monday, January 8 at 5:00pm PST.

Grant Guidelines

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Carlsbad Charitable Foundation

2018 Grant Cycle
Health & Human Services

The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF) is in its 11th grant cycle and invites San Diego County nonprofits serving and impacting the residents of Carlsbad to apply for the CCF 2018 grant cycle with a focus on health and human services and an emphasis on preventing homelessness for individuals, children and families.

Focus Area

For this 2018 grant cycle, CCF will be accepting proposals for projects that address the cycle of poverty and homelessness and programs that educate our community on these issues. To achieve the greatest impact, we encourage projects that demonstrate collaborative efforts.

Requests in the range of $15,000 to $60,000.

Grantseekers Forum

A voluntary informational workshop will be held:

Thursday, November 16 at 11:30am
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
5934 Priestly Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008

Please RSVP to Estela Mitrani at by November 14.

The application deadline is Monday, January 8 at 5:00pm PST.

Grant Guidelines

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See more grant opportunities from local nonprofit organizations here.


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.

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