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We fund the work of nonprofit organizations through donor-advised funds and strategic grantmaking. Strategic grantmaking is made through The San Diego Foundation programs and funds, our Regional Affiliate Program and The San Diego Women’s Foundation.

Age-Friendly Communities 2021 Grant Cycle

This grant is made by The Age-Friendly Communities program at The San Diego Foundation, thanks to the generous support of the Diane Johnson Charitable Fund. The total grant award is expected to be $200,000. Eligible organizations may request a maximum of $30,000 per proposal.

The purpose of this grant is to advance and sustain older adult-serving initiatives within 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. If applicable, projects are encouraged to demonstrate alignment with existing Age-Friendly municipal action plans.

Deadline for application submission: August 13, 2021, 5:00 p.m. PST

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Escondido Community Foundation 2021-2022 Mural Project Grant Cycle

The purpose of this RFP is to select organization(s) to implement the siting, design, permitting, installation and maintenance of potential permanent murals within the city of Escondido. The mural project will enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Escondido by beautifying the community with local art.

Deadline for application submission: October 4, 2021, 5:00 p.m. PST

Grant Guidelines

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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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