January 29, 2024 – San Diego, CA – The Escondido Community Foundation (ECF), a regional affiliate of San Diego Foundation (SDF), today announced a new grant cycle that invites qualified artists or nonprofit arts organizations to submit their qualifications to create public artwork that offers broad community benefits such as fostering a sense of place, enhancing Escondido’s image and identity, and heightening community exposure to and appreciation of the arts.

“This is the second phase of our Arts and Beautification Initiative, which will work with the City of Escondido, California Center for the Arts, Escondido and local artists,“ said Lisa Ruder, ECF member and chair of the foundation’s Special Projects Operations Team. “Our goals are to enhance the image of Escondido, increase community pride while supporting underrepresented artists, and encourage community-based, interactive designs that will engage the public in meaningful ways.”

ECF is hosting a grant seekers forum at 4 p.m. on Feb. 12 on Zoom.  During the forum, SDF, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, and city of Escondido staff, along with ECF volunteers, will be available to answer questions about the grant process for “Art Speaks: Escondido” and help artists who are considering whether to submit a proposal, also known as a Request for Qualification (RFQ). If you are interested in attending the forum, RSVP to Eve Childs at echilds@sdfoundation.org by Feb. 11.

The RFQ is the first step in a two-step process, which will facilitate the allocation of funding for Escondido-centered projects. RFQ submissions must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2024. RFQ guidelines, including directions on how to register and apply, can be accessed at www.escondidocommunityfoundation.org.

Organizations and artists that are moved forward through the RFQ process will be invited to submit a full proposal for art projects ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 by May 15, 2024, and will be provided a small stipend for their time. All artwork is to be placed in the city of Escondido.

To become an ECF member, visit the website or contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org. 

About the Escondido Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate Program, including the 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 and Rancho Bernardo. 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 48 years, SDF and its donors have granted $1.7 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at SDFoundation.org.


Lorena Nava Ruggero, San Diego Foundation, lruggero@sdfoundation.org, 619-814-1365