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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 are currently accepting grant applications for our 2016 Creative Catalyst Program and for nonprofits and projects serving Escondido.

2016 Creative Catalyst: Individual Artist Fellowships

The San Diego Foundation is pleased to announce its fourth cycle of the Creative Catalyst: Individual Artist Fellowships.

The Creative Catalyst Program provides grants to support the creation and development of new work conceived by San Diego-based professional artists and focuses on creating opportunities for community engagement through arts and culture.


The Creative Catalyst Program seeks to advance the professional careers of artists of all disciplines, elevate the profile of the artistic community and encourage creative expression in the region.

It will enable the creation of new work, which will be artistically innovative in terms of the artist’s own practice, and/or discipline.

Our long-range goal is for the San Diego region to become a place where creativity and all makers of art can thrive.

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Grants will range from $10,000 to $20,000. Five (5) grants will be awarded.

The deadline for submitting the completed application is Friday, February 19, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Please note: Project completion schedule is July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Application and Guidelines

Escondido Charitable Foundation
2016 Grants Program
Housing Stability and Preventing Homelessness

For its 10th grant cycle, the Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) invites nonprofits serving Escondido to submit applications with the focus of preventing homelessness, including recovery from homelessness.


ECF seeks to assist in promoting a healthy community through strong programs that help prevent homelessness and support housing stability for the residents and families in Escondido.

We are making a call to action to neighborhoods, nonprofits and community leaders to come up with creative solutions that engage people in delving into these pressing Escondido issues. The goal is to address the prevention of homelessness and/or help those currently homeless obtain housing and develop life skills.

Grants will range from $15,000 to $35,000.

The deadline for submitting a completed application is Monday, February 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (PST).

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

Grant Guidelines

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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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