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 our nonprofit partners.

COVID-19 Resources

  • 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 >
  • The Small Business Stimulus grant program is accepting applications from for-profit and non-profit organizations and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Subject to availability of funding. If you have applied previously, you do not need to reapply.
  • Nonprofits may qualify for a share of about $4 million from the County Housing and Community Development Services’ Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Funds are available for organizations that serve low and moderate-income people who’ve been impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Deadline: January 8, 2021 by 5pm

Racial Equity Resources

  • The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego, RISE San Diego and Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego joined together to create FORTIFY: The Racial Equity Series. This collection of webinars aims to provide nonprofit leaders with a foundational understanding of the tools and resources necessary to lead in the areas of race relations and equity while strengthening the leadership, well-being and sustainability of nonprofit leaders and organizations committed to the work of equity and social justice.
  • Racial Equity Tools offers research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. Over 2,500 resources available.

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • The 17th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium will be held virtually on January 28, 2021. The Nonprofit Governance Symposium is designed to highlight current best practices, lessons learned from the field, and trends in effective nonprofit and philanthropic board leadership, as well as board recruitment and retention.

Funding Opportunities at the Foundation

  • The San Diego Foundation Common Scholarship Application is now open and accepting applicants. The Common Scholarship Application gives San Diego students access to more than 100 scholarships by filling out just one application. Deadline: February 3, 2021 by 2:00pm
  • The 4S Ranch~Del Sur Charitable Foundation 2021 grant cycle is accepting Grant Applications. For this grant cycle, 4SCF will accept proposals for high impact programs that address community COVID-19 recovery for families and individuals of all ages in 4S Ranch and Del Sur. Deadline: December 21, 2020 by 5:00pm
  • The Escondido Community Foundation 2021-2022 grant cycle is accepting Letters of Intent. In its current cycle, ECF invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals specifically for programs that improve the social and emotional well-being of the community. Deadline: January 25, 2021 by 5:00pm

Other Funding Opportunities

  • Las Patronas spring grant cycle is now accepting applications for their minor grants ($20,000 and under). Las Patronas will only fund specific, critically needed capital items that will have a useful life of at least three years and a significantly beneficial impact on the San Diego community. Deadline: January 6, 2021 by 5:00pm
  • The California Arts Council’s 2021 grant funding has been streamlined, allocating funding to meet the greatest needs in the field during this challenging time. Funding is aligned with three categories and six specific grant offerings, including general operating support for organizations and fellowships to support the creative practice of individual artists, as well as continued support for project-based activities. Deadlines vary
  • The Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation is accepting grant applications. The Foundation is a general funder and has historically funded programs that benefit youth and underprivileged individuals, active and retired military personnel and sports-related activities. The average grant in recent years has been $20,000. Requests from other areas will be considered. Deadline: February 1, 2020
  • The Bolton Foundation gives cash contributions to nonprofit organizations that serve their grant priority areas of community development, education, youth services and multiculturalism. Deadline: February 28, 2021
  • The Anthem Foundation currently has two funding options: a 1-year program support grant and community sponsorships. The Anthem Foundation funds specific public health-related initiatives that address disparities and social determinants that can positively affect conditions identified through their signature Healthy Generations program. Deadline Rolling
  • The Sundt Foundation provides grants on a quarterly basis to 501(c)(3) organizations serving disadvantaged children and adults within the vicinity of a Sundt regional office (San Diego, CA).


  • Through a partnership with The San Diego Foundation, Nonprofit Management Solutions offers access to a free resource library for management and fundraising information.

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 >