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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.

Creative Catalyst Program

2018-2019 Grants Cycle

The San Diego Foundation is now accepting applications for its Creative Catalyst 2018-2019 grants cycle.

Since 2011, the Creative Catalyst Program has granted almost $700,000 to strengthen the arts culture of San Diego. The program provides opportunities for local professional artists to create work that advances their careers, increases civic engagement and enriches quality of life. The program has supported nearly 30 regional arts organizations and 40 individual artists, reaching more than 170,000 community members through staged readings, exhibitions and workshops.

The Creative Catalyst Program will grant up to $20,000 per collaborative project between qualifying sponsoring organizations and artists.

This year, to encourage more opportunities for artists and a broader set of applications, rather than having artists apply to pre-selected arts organizations, artists and arts organization will pair independently to submit a joint application. Sponsoring organizations submit one application on behalf of the collaborating team. Organizations do not need to submit a separate Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

Please see the grant guidelines for artist and arts organization eligibility requirements.

Grant Guidelines

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The application deadline is Monday, December 11 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) PST.

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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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