Current TSDF Funding Opportunities


The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at The San Diego Foundation is making rapid response grants and low-to-no interest loansto San Diego nonprofit organizations that are working on the frontlines of the coronavirus public health crisis to provide our region’s most vulnerable communities with assistance in the areas of food security, other essential living expenses, emergent needs (childcare, learning loss/digital divide, medical support), and rent and utility payment support.

Grants to nonprofits are made on a rolling basis. As fundraising continues through the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, the Fund will adapt to emerging needs as the situation evolves.

In order to move resources quickly without further burdening organizations providing critical services and support, we are not hosting a formal grant application process at this time but are accepting requests for grant assistance.


Grants & Interest-Free Loans From San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for services, lost revenue, as well as other challenges. Please share more information with us so we can assess your organization’s need for a grant or low-to-no interest loan as it relates to how you are responding to the coronavirus public health crisis in San Diego County.

Grant Request

Loan Application

Due to high volumes, we will not be able to fund every grant proposal. For questions about the grant form, please contact communityresponse@sdfoundation.org. Please note, grant proposals will not be accepted via email.


Early Childhood Initiative Resilience Grant Cycle

Understanding that early childhood care is essential to supporting families and ensuring long-term success for children, the Early Childhood Initiative strives to increase access to quality, affordable early childhood education and developmental care in San Diego County.

The San Diego Foundation is proud to announce $1 million in total funding for Early Childhood Initiative Resilience grant. Organizations may request a maximum of $150,000 each in funding support.

The goal of Early Childhood Initiative Resilience grant is to increase access to quality, affordable early education and care for children and families. This includes efforts to strengthen the regional ecosystem, increase cross-sector collaboration, and promote systems-level change through strategic and collective impact.

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application

Deadline for application submission is Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


Ramona Community Foundation 2020-2021 Grant Cycle

The Ramona Community Foundation is in its 9th year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Ramona. In the current cycle, the Ramona Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals specifically for Ramona that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant community.

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application

Deadline for application submission is Monday, July 13, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.


Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation 2020-2021 Grant Cycle

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation is in its 32nd year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo. In the current cycle, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation will accept proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community.

The goal of the grant cycle is to support programs that make Rancho Bernardo a great place in which to live, work and play. Desirable projects will increase dialogue and participation, inspire community pride and revitalization and increase the quality of life of the broader community.

Separately, RBCF will award up to $10,000 in increments of funding levels between $1,500 and $5,000 for programs involving music to be awarded from the RB Symphony on the Green Fund.

Grant Guidelines: Community Enhancement

Grant Guidelines: Music

Grant Application

Deadline for application submission is Monday, July 13, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.



Eligibility

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.


Contact Our Grants Administration Team

  • Or call us at (619) 235-2300 to speak to a team member right away.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.