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San Diego Women’s Foundation
2019 Grants Cycle

Human Trafficking: Prevention & Intervention

The San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) seeks to support those at risk for and victims of human trafficking. We will fund prevention and intervention programs.

We are accepting Letters of Inquiry from nonprofit organizations that work across various fields to provide services to those at risk or affected by human trafficking, including but not limited to one of more of the following: Education for prevention, Rescue programs, Therapy and/or counseling, Life skills training, Employment education, Housing solutions, Victim advocacy, Healthcare, Food access, Legal services, Social services.

Grant Parameter Definitions

  • Underserved – For the purposes of this grant cycle, anyone affected by or at risk for human trafficking is underserved.
  • Human Trafficking – This population includes any individual who is controlled through force, fraud, or coercion to engage in labor, sexual conduct, or other services.

Grant Amount

The minimum grant to be awarded in this grant cycle is $25,000. Programs that do not meet that amount have the option to collaborate with other similar programs and submit one proposal for the collaboration. There is no maximum. SDWF expects to award between $175,000 and $200,000 in total in July 2019.

Grant Period

Each grant is awarded for a 12-month period. This grant cycle begins on July 1, 2019 and ends on June 30, 2020.


To be eligible for a grant from SDWF, organizations must be located in and provide services in San Diego County. Organizations must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. An organization may serve as a fiscal sponsor for a charitable organization that does not have tax-exempt status if a cooperative relationship between the two can be clearly demonstrated. The fiscal sponsor must be willing to administer the grant if awarded.

An organization may submit only one proposal. If more than one proposal is submitted from the same organization, all proposals from that organization will be ineligible for funding. An organization that has received or currently is receiving funding from SDWF is eligible to apply.

Organizations seeking a grant from SDWF must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The deadline for LOI submission is Monday, September 10, 2018 at 5:00pm. Incomplete or late LOIs will not be accepted. Full proposals will be subsequently requested from organizations that successfully meet LOI criteria and are selected by the SDWF Grants Committee.

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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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