Current TSDF Funding Opportunities

California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is providing micro grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions.

Key Dates

  • Round 1 application period closed January 13, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST
  • Round 1 approval notifications are being sent on a rolling basis January 15 – January 22, 2021
  • Nonprofits that did not apply in Round 1 can apply for Round 2 consideration February 2 – February 8, 2021
  • Round 2 approval notifications will be sent on a rolling basis February 11 – February 18, 2021

Any applicants not awarded in Round 1, but eligible, will be automatically considered for Round 2. You do not need to reapply. Visit to learn more about the program and review application guidelines, requirements and eligibility criteria.

Application Support

SBDC is committed to assisting applicants with this grant opportunity. It will help nonprofits and businesses prepare for the application and ensure you have all the needed documentation to be successful in the process.

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PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) for Nonprofits Webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for first-time borrowers January 11. Nonprofits that already received a PPP loan and can demonstrate at least a 25% loss in revenue during 2020 as compared to 2019 can now apply for a second PPP loan (PPP2), as well.

San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a live webinar with a Q&A session to review how PPP and PPP2 loans work and how nonprofits can apply.

Monday, January 25, 2021
10:00 a.m.

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Registrants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event. For questions, please contact Desiree Dolores at

Federal Stimulus Package

On December 27, 2020, a fourth federal stimulus bill was approved in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The $900 billion stimulus package includes new and renewed assistance for small business owners and nonprofits, including:

  • Additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), allowing businesses and nonprofits that did not receive a loan to apply and receive a loan equal to 2.5 times their monthly payroll
  • Options for businesses and nonprofits that have had at least a 25% drop in revenue to apply for a second PPP loan. Certain industries hardest hit, such as restaurants and hospitality, can receive up to 3.5 times their monthly payroll
  • $15 billion for grants for live venues that have been shuttered, including theaters,  museums and other cultural institutions
  • An extension of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, including a renewal for the up to $10,000 grant program for businesses and nonprofits that did not previously receive the funding
  • Availability of PPP loans for nonprofit 501(c)(6) organizations in addition to 501(c)(3) organizations

SBDC has helped nonprofits obtain disaster assistance through its trainings and one-on-one advising, including help securing both PPP loans and EIDL loans from the federal government.

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San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program

The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) is a collaborative initiative to provide low-interest and no-interest loans to San Diego County small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus.

The nonprofit loan pool has new expanded eligibility. The annual maximum revenue has increased to $25 million, and the maximum loan amount has increased to $500,000.

This loan program was launched by County of San Diego Supervisor Nathan Fletcher in collaboration with The San Diego Foundation, Mission Driven Finance, Accion Serving Southern California, the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center Network, and the California Southern Small Business Development Corporation.

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Escondido Community Foundation 2021-2022 Grant Cycle

The Escondido Community Foundation (ECF) is in its 15th grant cycle of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Escondido. In the current cycle, ECF invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals specifically for programs that improve the social and emotional well-being in the community.

Grant Guidelines

Letter of Intent Application

The deadline for submitting completed applications is 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Monday, January 25, 2021.


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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