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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.

4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation
2019 Grant Cycle

Focus Area: Youth Development

For its 2019 grant cycle, the 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation (4SCF) will accept proposals for impactful programs that address youth development and education, with an emphasis on health, well-being and self-sufficiency.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Programs that promote self-advocacy, and provide positive alternatives to make healthier and safer choices,
  • Programs that address awareness and management of concerns such as mental health issues, human
    tracking, substance abuse, suicide, etc.

4SCF will accept requests up to $7,500.

Deadline: Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

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Escondido Charitable Foundation
2019 Grant Cycle: LOI Guidelines

Focus Area: Community Engagement

The Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) Letter of Intent (LOI) is the first step in a two-step application process, which will facilitate the allocation of funding for Escondido-centered projects. The funding range is $15,000 to $35,000. ECF will evaluate all LOI submissions and qualify those that meet the program and eligibility criteria.

The outcome ECF is seeking is a more vibrant, harmonious community built through strong programs, activities and/or events. These will support and nurture social cohesion, interconnectedness and vitality in groups and neighborhoods, and impart a strong sense of community in Escondido.

The goal of this grant includes building a sense of personal and interpersonal responsibility for our community and its members, through their increased participation and personal investment in community and developing knowledge of Escondido’s history, people, and/or organizations to create a harmonious community identity.

Organizations that are moved forward through the LOI process to the next step will be invited to submit a full application proposal by February 21, 2019. Those organizations invited to submit a full application will submit the completed application by March 25, 2019.

LOI Deadline: Monday, January 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

LOI Guidelines

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Carlsbad Charitable Foundation
2019 Grant Cycle

Focus Area: Health & Human Services

For its 2019 grant cycle, the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF) will be accepting proposals for programs that focus on youth and seniors interacting and mutually benefiting from connecting with one another. A few examples may include: setting up pen pal relationships, providing computer/electronics support and counseling for seniors by youth, or creating effective programs that target a specific group such as youth and senior musicians. Intergenerational collaborative efforts are preferred.

Projects will build and/or strengthen one or more of the following elements:

  • Program must encourage, support and strengthen intergenerational community ties in Carlsbad
  • Program must have specific goals
  • Applicant must outline the strategies and approaches for achieving the goals
  • Program must include evaluation procedures and measurable outcomes to monitor success
  • Program must demonstrate plans for long-term sustainability (future funding viability, etc.)
  • Applicant may act as the lead in a collaborative project that brings together a variety of stakeholders such as: other nonprofits, the City of Carlsbad, first responders and faith-based organizations

CCF will accept requests in the range of $10,000 to $50,000.

Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

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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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