November 13, 2023 – San Diego, CA – The Escondido Community Foundation (ECF), a regional affiliate of San Diego Foundation, today announced a call for Letters of Intent for its 18th annual grant cycle. ECF invites nonprofits serving Escondido to submit applications for projects that will upgrade community spaces.

“We want to encourage people to gather and enjoy the outdoors, whether in urban places, open spaces or recreational facilities,” said Rosemary Burson, ECF Grants Chair. “Projects such as benches, shade trees and structures, slash pads, water stations, and lighting are just a few of the items we have heard are in need, especially during the hottest times of the year.”

Eligible nonprofit organizations serving Escondido may submit proposals of $15,000 to $40,000.

ECF is hosting a Grant Seekers Forum at 4 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Raymond Center for Community Philanthropy, located in Pacific Western Bank building at 900 Canterbury, Ste. 300, in Escondido. During the forum, SDF staff and ECF volunteers will be available to answer questions about the grant process and help organizations that are considering whether to submit a Letter of Intent. If you are interested in attending the forum, RSVP to Eve Childs at  by Nov. 29.

The LOI is the first step in a two-step process, which will facilitate the allocation of funding for Escondido-centered projects. LOI submissions must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2024. LOI guidelines including directions on how to register and apply can be accessed at

Organizations that are moved forward through the LOI process to the next step will be invited to submit a full application proposal by Feb. 26, 2024, and a completed application by Mar. 18, 2024.

To become an ECF member, visit the website or contact Trudy Armstrong at

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, 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

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