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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

Escondido Charitable Foundation

2017 Grant Cycle
Youth Development

The Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) is in its 10th grant cycle and invites nonprofits serving Escondido to submit applications directed toward investing in our youth. ECF seeks to promote a vibrant, healthy and harmonious community through strong programs, which support Escondido youth.

Focus Area

ECF believes our young people are among the city’s strongest assets and can help fulfill the vision of a better Escondido. When we invest in them by providing training and opportunities both in and out of school, youth can contribute more to our community. To promote this goal, and to address some of the serious issues our young people face, ECF will accept proposals that can have long-term impact on our youth. Possible projects and topics include:

  • Enrichment programs
  • Community and cultural engagement
  • Job and life skills

Application Deadline: February 21, 2017 at 5:00pm (PST).

Grant Guidelines

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Opening The Outdoors

2017 Grant Cycle

The San Diego Foundation is inviting proposals from nonprofit organizations working to protect and connect outdoor spaces and improve outdoor access, especially for our most park-poor and underserved communities. Specifically, partnerships of two or more nonprofits may apply for $25,000 to $50,000 for 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).
  • Connect and protect nature through conservation/restoration/acquisition of key lands.
  • Encourage kids from park-poor communities to safely engage with the natural environment through physical or educational activities.
  • Build community support for relevant public policies or funding.


San Diegans throughout our region take pride in protecting and restoring the region’s natural lands, water and air quality. In a Foundation-facilitated survey, Our Greater San Diego Vision, San Diegans region-wide stated that a healthy, beautiful and accessible environment was a high priority. However, our Parks for Everyone report found that while more than 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. It is with these findings in mind, that we launched our Opening the Outdoors program in 2013 to connect and protect nature, build trails and create outdoor spaces.

Webinar Recording & Details

Interested applicants can schedule office hours by appointment to answer questions from 10:00am to noon on February 1 and February 14. Please contact Bridget Altman at to sign up for office hours, or contact Mallory Morgan at for questions about the grant opportunity.

Grant Guidelines

Application Questions

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

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.

See more grant opportunities from local nonprofit organizations here.


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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