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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.

Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation

2018-2019 Grant Cycle
Health and Well-Being
Secondary – Limited Funding: Music

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) is in its 30th year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo. In the current cycle, RBCF will accept proposals that address the health and/or well-being of individuals and/or families in the Rancho Bernardo community.

Focus Area
For this 2018 grant cycle, RBCF will be accepting proposals for programs that clearly address the health and/or well-being of individuals, families in the Rancho Bernardo community.

Examples include: programs that address mental, physical and/or nutritional health of the general population or targeted groups such as children, seniors, low-income individuals and the homeless. Special consideration will be given to the special needs population.

Separately, RBCF will award up to $10,000 in increments of funding levels between $1,500 and $5,000 from the RB Symphony on the Green Fund to support music and musical programs and projects in the Rancho Bernardo area.

Application deadline is Monday, May 14 at 1:00pm (PST)

Grant Guidelines – Health and Well-Being

Grant Guidelines – Music

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Ramona Community Foundation

Vibrant Community

The Ramona Community Foundation (RCF) is in its seventh year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Ramona. In the current cycle, the RCF invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals specifically for Ramona that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant community.

Focus Area
The goal of the grant cycle is to support programs that make Ramona a great place in which to live, work and play. Desirable projects will inspire community pride and revitalization and increase the quality of life of the broader community.

Application deadline is Monday, June 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Grant Guidelines – Vibrant Community

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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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