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

  • 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. In 2020, SBNLP worked with twenty 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to offer them collectively $3.85 million in 0%-interest loans.
  • The Small Business Stimulus grant program is accepting applications from for-profit and nonprofit organizations and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Subject to availability of funding.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for Nonprofits Webinar: San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a live webinar with a Q&A session to review how PPP and PPP2 loans work and how nonprofits can apply. The webinar will take place on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. Register here.
  • The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is providing micro grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions. Visit to learn more about the program and review application guidelines, requirements and eligibility criteria.
  • Federal Stimulus Package: The Federal Government also approved a new stimulus package that includes new and renewed assistance for small business owners and nonprofits. SBDC continues to help nonprofits obtain disaster assistance through its trainings and one-on-one advising, including help securing both PPP loans and EIDL loans from the federal government.
  • For more resources, strategies and support, the California Association of NonprofitsAssociation of Fundraising Professionals and Bloomerang have put together COVID-19 Resource Guides to help nonprofits during these difficult times.

General Resources

Funding Opportunities at The Foundation

  • The San Diego Foundation annual scholarship cycle is now open and accepting applicants. The Common Scholarship Application gives San Diego students access to more than 100 scholarships valued at over $3 million by filling out just one application. Deadline: February 3 (2:00 p.m.)
  • The Escondido Community Foundation is seeking Letters of Intent from nonprofits working to improve the social and emotional well-being in the community. Deadline: January 25 by 5:00pm

More Funding Opportunities

  • The Doris Day Animal Foundation is accepting letters of introduction from nonprofits focused on helping animals and the people that love them. Deadline: January 31, 2021
  • The Boys and Girls Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofits that provide preventative services or direct care to abused, neglected and disadvantaged youth in San Diego County. Deadline: February 1, 2021
  • CERF+ has COVID-19 relief grants available for artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to food, housing, and/or medical insecurities as a result of the ongoing pandemic.  Deadline: February 3, 2021
  • As You Sow is a funder providing grants to nonprofit organizations that are educating, reducing, remediating, and/or preventing consumer exposures to toxic chemicals and to increase consumer, worker, and community awareness of the health hazards posed by toxic chemicals in the State of California. Deadline February 28, 2021
  • The Parker Foundation is seeking grant request letters for programs addressing a wide variety of social, arts, community, and educational organizations in San Diego County. Deadline March 1, 2021
  • Classics for Kids Foundation is accepting grant applications from schools and nonprofit organizations that believe in the role of fine instruments in their music programs and can show evidence of need and commitment to raising matching funds. Deadline March 31, 2021
  • The Regional Park Program is accepting grant proposals from organizations that will create, expand, or improve regional parks and regional park facilities. Deadline: November 5, 2021

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.