The work and impact of San Diego nonprofits is important to advance a vibrant quality of life in the San Diego region. To support your efforts, we’re sharing valuable information every month about upcoming workshops, events, fundraising opportunities and resources with your organization.

COVID 19 Resources:

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego has developed the Racial Equity Series for Nonprofit Boards. This series will provide the necessary building blocks to help start leading organizations toward a more equitable and racially conscious future. Series runs from Monday, April 12, 2021 — Wednesday, December 1, 2021
  • Nonprofit Management Solutions holds a series of live, virtual workshops for nonprofits and nonprofit professionals throughout the year.

Funding Opportunities at the Foundation

  • The Opening the Outdoors Spring 2021 grant cycle supports efforts to address barriers to equitable outdoor space and youth and families in vulnerable communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis. Apply here. Deadline: Monday, April 19, 2021 by 12pm (PST)
  • The Early Childhood Initiative 2021 Responsive Grant aims to fund nonprofit organizations supporting children ages 0-5 and their families with increased access to services focused on abuse prevention, mental and behavioral health support, and health equity in San Diego County. Learn more > Deadline: Friday, April 23, 2021 by 5pm (PST)
  • The Level Up SD Grants Program will grant $5 million to nonprofits that offer afternoon summer enrichment programming responsive to the needs of San Diego Unified students most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more > Deadline: April 30, 2021 by 5pm (PST)
  • The Dr. Seuss Foundation Grant Program is seeking applications to support improved literacy that introduces new skills and knowledge in the multi-layered worlds of the arts and humanities, health and well-being, animal welfare, and the environment. Learn more > Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2021
  • In its 10th year of grantmaking, the Ramona Community Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, is inviting nonprofits to submit project proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant community in Ramona. For grant guidelines and online application click here. Deadline: Monday, May 24, 2021 at 5pm (PST)
  • In its 33rd year of grantmaking, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, is accepting nonprofit proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged Rancho Bernardo 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. For grant guidelines and online application click here. Deadline: Monday, May 24, 2021 at 5pm (PST)
  • The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) is a collaborative initiative to provide low-interest and no-interest loans to San Diego County small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus. Click here to learn more.

Other Funding Opportunities

  • The Marisla Foundation awards grants quarterly in two program areas – Environment and Human Services – and a Special Interests category for proposals invited by the Board of Directors. Next round: May 15 through July 15, 2021
  • The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants Program offers funding opportunities to assist eligible nonprofit community organizations and federally-recognized Tribal governments address environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards. Deadline: June 30, 2021
  • The Julius Sumner Miller Foundation makes strategically significant project grants to public charities in the South Bay region of southern California in the fields of science education and/or health care. Deadline: April 15, 2021
  • The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is accepting proposals for its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Deadline: April 23, 2021
  • The National Park Service is accepting applications to the Route 66 Cost-Share Grant Program. The program provides cost-share grant assistance to support the preservation of the most significant and representative historic Route 66 buildings, structure, road segments, and cultural landscapes in which the route passes. Deadline: April 26, 2021
  • Based on the belief that it is important to be responsive to time-sensitive community needs and opportunities affecting the most vulnerable populations, Alliance Healthcare Foundation provides responsive funding up to $25,000. Deadline: Ongoing
  • Archstone Foundation’s addresses the emerging and unmet needs of California’s diverse aging population and those who serve them. It provides a responsive grantmaking platform to offer direct service support, important local services, and to address developing programmatic and policy-related issues. Deadline: Ongoing


Career opportunities at The San Diego Foundation

  • Staff at The San Diego Foundation address the region’s most pressing challenges and identify opportunities by working with donors and partners to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans. See current opportunities here.