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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.

Chula Vista Charitable Foundation

Workforce Development & Job Training

In its 8th grant cycle, The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF) invites nonprofits serving Chula Vista to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to express interest in applying for a 2018 grant. CVCF will accept LOIs for projects that strengthen the Chula Vista community through workforce development and job training.

The LOI is the first step in a two-step application process that will facilitate the allocation of up to $55,000 in funding for Chula Vista-centered projects. CVCF will evaluate all LOI submissions and qualify those that meet the program and eligibility criteria. Organizations that are short-listed through the LOI process will be invited to submit a full application.

LOIs can be submitted by email to

LOI Guidelines

The deadline for LOI submission is Monday, August 28, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. (PST).

Creative Catalyst Program

2018-2019 Grant Cycle – Coming Soon

The San Diego Foundation is pleased to announce that the Creative Catalyst 2018-2019 grant cycle is coming soon. The application opens September 2017 and will remain open through December 2017. Grant guidelines and a link to the application will be available. Interested parties will have an opportunity to ask questions during an online webinar. The webinar date will be announced in the grant guidelines. Please wait to ask questions until the grant guidelines are posted.

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 will choose any qualifying arts organization, pair independently with them and submit a joint application. The Foundation encourages grant seekers to begin thinking about partnering opportunities now.

San Diego Women’s Foundation

Promoting Behavioral Health through Enrichment Programs

The San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF), a supporting organization of The San Diego Foundation, is now accepting applications for its 18th grant cycle. The goal of the grant cycle is to fund enrichment programs that target K-12 children, including GED students, aimed at improving the emotional and mental well-being of this population.

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.

Organizations seeking a grant from SDWF must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

LOI Guidelines

The deadline for LOI submission is Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 5:00pm (PST).

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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