City of Escondido, San Diego Foundation and Escondido Community Foundation partnered to award the American Rescue Plan Act funding

April 13, 2023 – Escondido, CA – The City of Escondido, San Diego Foundation and the Escondido Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of San Diego Foundation, announced today the awarding of $1.5 million in grants to 117 nonprofit organizations located in or serving Escondido.

Christopher McKinney, Deputy City Manager and Director of Utilities for the City of Escondido shared, “The City of Escondido worked diligently to ensure that federal relief dollars reached the nonprofit community that was financially impacted by COVID-19. We are thankful to our partners at the San Diego Community Foundation and the volunteers at the Escondido Community Foundation for managing this important grant program.”

The City of Escondido Nonprofit Relief Fund grant awards were presented at the Escondido City Council meeting on April 12, 2023. Funding for the grants was from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide relief funding to nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits were categorized based on the priorities provided by the City of Escondido as follows: located in the city’s Opportunity Zone, targeted service areas of the nonprofit, and other COVID-19 relief received.

Of the 133 eligible applicants, 117 grantees were selected for awards. More than half of the selected grantees included nonprofit organizations focused on health, nutrition and well-being; performing arts; or early childhood education. More than a third of grantees were located in the city’s Opportunity Zone and about 72% of grantees included minority-, women-, or veteran-run nonprofits.

“San Diego Foundation is committed to supporting our local nonprofit community,” said Mark Stuart, President & CEO of San Diego Foundation. “Thanks to Escondido Community Foundation volunteers, their neighbors will be better served by nonprofit organizations enabling community solutions to improve the quality of life in Escondido.”

While most nonprofits received grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000, the following nonprofits received grants of $35,000 or more:

  • Escondido Senior Enterprises – $50,000 to provide senior services
  • Escondido Community Child Development Center Inc. – $50,000 to provide early childhood education
  • California Center for the Arts – $35,000 to provide performing arts, music and culture programming
  • Community HousingWorks – $35,000 to provide affordable housing and resident services at its Escondido properties
  • Hope through Housing Foundation – $35,000 to provide health, nutrition and well-being services

Grants were also provided to the three outreach organizations of the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center network that provided program support and who were also eligible for funding. Each outreach organization received a $25,000 grant, including the Asian Business Association of San Diego, San Diego East County Economic Development Council and the Southwestern College Foundation.

The City of Escondido Nonprofit Relief Fund was one of several partnerships with local municipalities to provide nonprofit funding relief to maintain or grow post-pandemic nonprofit capacity. During the 2021 – 2022 fiscal year, SDF partnered with City of San Diego, City of Escondido and City of Chula Vista to provide more than $7 million to local nonprofit organizations located in or serving the residents of each municipality.

About the City of Escondido

Incorporated in 1888, Escondido is a safe, clean and efficiently managed city of over 150,000 residents. Escondido is home to a growing number of businesses and a wide range of cultural, educational, healthcare, tourism and recreation amenities, making the City the ideal destination in which to live, work and play. Learn more at

About Escondido Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate Program, including Escondido Community Foundation, was established by San Diego Foundation to create a regional network of affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership, building endowments, increasing impactful philanthropy and promoting civic engagement. Affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $5 million overall, and granted more than $6 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

About San Diego Foundation

San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region. Our strategic priorities include advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, building resilient communities, and delivering world-class philanthropy to realize our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities. For more than 47 years, SDF and its donors have granted more than $1.4 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at


Mike Thorne, City of Escondido,, 760-839-4009
Lorena Nava Ruggero, San Diego Foundation,, 619-814-1365