Nonprofit Update June 2020: Events and Funding Opportunities

Nonprofit Update

The work and impact of San Diego nonprofits is important to advance a vibrant quality of life in the San Diego region, especially as our community organizations respond to and recover from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. To support those efforts, we’re sharing information every month about current funding opportunities, resources and helpful tools to support our nonprofit community.

Low-to-No Interest Loans for Nonprofits

The San Diego Foundation, Mission Driven Finance, and other partners recently formed a public-private partnership to create the San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP), an initiative that provides low-to-no interest loans to nonprofit organizations and aids in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus.

Nonprofits interested in learning more are encouraged to attend an online information session Friday, June 12 at 2:30pm. To register for the informational webinar or apply for loan funding, visit SanDiegoSBNLP.org

Sign up for the webinar

COVID-19 Community Response Fund Update

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund receives donations and makes rapid response grants to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines of the coronavirus public health and economic crisis to provide our region’s most vulnerable communities with assistance. To date, the Fund has received $16.6 million in donations and granted $12.3 million to more than 130 local nonprofit organizations. To learn more about the focus areas and apply for funding, visit SDFoundation.org/COVID19.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

  • While schools are closed due to COVID-19, families with students who were receiving free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school can get up to $365 per child for groceries this summer. This federal nutrition benefit is called Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) and is available for more families in addition to continued grab-and-go meal services at many school sites in San Diego County. Click here to learn more about eligibility and fill out the application.
  • The Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego and The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego have joined together to create FORTIFY, a collection of offerings to strengthen the leadership, well-being and sustainability of nonprofit leaders and organizations during this challenging period. Join the webinar on June 16 for a facilitated discussion on adaptive leadership and how to lead when you don’t have the answers.

Additional Grant Opportunities

Early Childhood Initiative Resilience Grant Cycle

Understanding that early childhood care is essential to supporting families and ensuring long-term success for children, the Early Childhood Initiative strives to increase access to quality, affordable early childhood education and developmental care in San Diego County.

The San Diego Foundation is proud to announce $1 million in total funding for Early Childhood Initiative Resilience grant. Organizations may request a maximum of $150,000 each in funding support.

The goal of Early Childhood Initiative Resilience grant is to increase access to quality, affordable early education and care for children and families. This includes efforts to strengthen the regional ecosystem, increase cross-sector collaboration, and promote systems-level change through strategic and collective impact.

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application

Deadline for application submission is Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


Ramona Community Foundation 2020-2021 Grant Cycle

The Ramona Community Foundation is in its 9th year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Ramona. In the current cycle, the Ramona Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals specifically for Ramona that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant community.

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application

Deadline for application submission is Monday, July 13, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.


Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation 2020-2021 Grant Cycle

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation is in its 32nd year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo. In the current cycle, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation will accept proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community.

The goal of the grant cycle is to support programs that make Rancho Bernardo a great place in which to live, work and play. Desirable projects will increase dialogue and participation, inspire community pride and revitalization and increase the quality of life of the broader 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.

Grant Guidelines: Community Enhancement

Grant Guidelines: Music

Grant Application

Deadline for application submission is Monday, July 13, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.