Current TSDF Funding Opportunities

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at The San Diego Foundation is making rapid response grants and interest-free loans to 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, 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 application process at this time but are accepting requests for grant and interest-free loan 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 interest-free loan as it relates to how you are responding to the coronavirus public health crisis in San Diego County.

Grant Request

Loan Request

Due to high volumes, we will not be able to fund every proposal. For questions about the forms, please contact communityresponse@sdfoundation.org. Please note, grant proposals and requests for loan program information will not be accepted via email.


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

The 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

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


Early Childhood Initiative Grant: Coming June 2020

The Early Childhood Initiative grant cycle will open in early June, 2020. Check back here for grant guidelines and information regarding the application.

The Funding Opportunity

The San Diego Foundation is proud to announce $1,000,000 in total funding will be available to award for the upcoming Early Childhood Initiative grant cycle. Grant guidelines and information on how to apply will be available on June, 2020.

About the Early Childhood Initiative Grant

The Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) is dedicated to increasing access to affordable, quality early care for children in San Diego, strengthening families and supporting our regional workforce – now and for the future.


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.


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