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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

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, or subscribe to SDF News to get grant opportunities delivered to your inbox.

We currently have three grant opportunities:

2016 Blasker Environment Grants Program

The Blasker-Rose-Miah Fund (“Blasker”) was established as an endowment at The San Diego Foundation in 1992, as a legacy from the generosity of Samuel M. Blasker, who wished to benefit humankind through innovative scientific advancements.

To help fulfill Mr. Blasker’s vision for the fund, the Blasker Environment Grants Program supports unique and innovative research development and applications that advance local solutions to one of our region’s most pressing challenges – climate change. Emphasis is placed on supporting students and early-career scientists. Grants will support projects that have the potential to improve the quality of life in the San Diego region and to support and encourage San Diegans to reach their full potential.

Awards from the Blasker Environment Grants Program will help to advance The Foundation’s Climate Initiative by supporting research that enhances our understanding of how to address climate change in the San Diego region. The Climate Initiative was launched in 2006 to help catalyze greater regional action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare our region for the most harmful local effects of climate change.

Blasker Environment grant applicants are encouraged to apply for grants of $10,000 to $50,000. Likely 2-3 proposals will be funded, with approximately $100,000 in available funding. For information regarding last year’s grant recipients, click here.

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, May 6, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

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2016 Opening the Outdoors Grants Program

San Diegans take pride in protecting and restoring the region’s water, natural lands and air quality. In a Foundation-facilitated survey, Our Greater San Diego Vision, 30,000 San Diegans from all areas of the region stated that a healthy, beautiful and accessible environment was a high priority. However, our 2010 Parks for Everyone report found that while 45% of San Diego County’s total land area is green space, many low-income, ethnically diverse communities have limited access to parks and open spaces. There was also a strong correlation between communities with high rates of childhood obesity and low park access.

For the spring 2016 Opening the Outdoors grants program, our goal is to advance community-driven efforts to develop and/or improve access to an interconnected network of natural areas, gathering places, and trails across the county so that the outdoors is easily accessible from any San Diegan’s doorstep.

The Foundation will consider supporting projects/programs that contribute to two or more of the goals listed below:

  • Increase access/connectivity to trails, parks, and natural amenities in neighborhoods where resources are deficient (access can include transportation and/or activities that make the outdoors more culturally relevant to typically park-poor neighborhoods).
  • Encourage kids from park-poor communities to safely engage with the natural environment through physical or educational activities.
  • Connect and protect nature through conservation/restoration/acquisition of key lands.
  • Build community support for relevant public policies or funding.
  • Support momentum of an already existing community-driven initiative where funding would strengthen collaboration and integration between entities.

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, May 13, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Grant Guidelines

Applications Questions

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Grants Webinar

If you are interested in applying and want to hear more about the 2016 Opening The Outdoors grant opportunity and tips for applying, please sign up for our informational webinar on Thursday, April 21st at 1:30 p.m. We will reserve some time to also answer your questions.

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Ramona Community Foundation Grants Program – Community Impact

The Ramona Community Foundation is in its fifth 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.

Preference will be given to projects that clearly address Ramona-specific issues and needs, including activities that promote creativity and enhance civic engagement.

Grants will range from $1,500 to $7,000.

Please note: Project completion schedule is October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

The deadline for submitting a completed application is Monday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m.

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La Jolla Community Foundation Grants Program – Beautification

The La Jolla Community Foundation is in its third year of grantmaking and invites nonprofits serving La Jolla to apply for a grant during the 2017 cycle.

The Foundation will be accepting applications for projects that focus on La Jolla beautification.

This grant cycle is committed to the financial support of organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work or attend school within the geographic boundaries of 92037.

Grants will range from $5,000 to $20,000

The deadline for submitting a completed application is Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

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Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation Grants Program – Community Impact

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation is in its 28th 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 and revitalization and increase the quality of life of the broader community.

Preference will be given to projects that clearly address Rancho Bernardo-specific issues and needs; including activities that promote creativity and enhance civic engagement.

Grants will range from $1,500 to $10,000.

The deadline for submitting a completed application is Monday, May 23, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

Grant Guidelines

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Grantseekers Forum

Organizations interested in applying for a grant are invited to attend a grantseekers forum on May 4, 2016.

Bernardo Heights Community Center
16150 Bernardo Heights Pkwy.
San Diego, CA 92128
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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See more grant opportunities from local, state and national philanthropic organizations here.


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.

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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