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.

The San Diego Foundation has activated the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund to collect and manage charitable funds for recovery and rebuilding from the Valley wildfire currently impacting the San Diego region. Although The Foundation is not accepting proposals from nonprofits for grant funding at this time, grants will be distributed based on critical needs as determined in coordination with local officials and disaster response organizations.

Funding Opportunities at The Foundation

  • Given the critical role education plays in our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the wellbeing of our young people and the prosperity of our region, The San Diego Foundation is focusing future investments from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund on education-related impacts and community response efforts that:
    • Prioritize children and youth most adversely impacted by learning loss and the digital divide
    • Ensure families, homes, schools, and communities are able to support successful starts and transitions in educational pathways
    • Activate creative collaboration and our region’s environmental assets as sources and spaces of learning and social and emotional wellbeing for students
  • The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) is a collaborative initiative designed to provide low-to-no-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus. The nonprofit loan pool has new expanded eligibility. The annual maximum revenue has increased to $25 million, and the maximum loan amount has increased to $500,000. See if you qualify. Deadline: Rolling

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • Candid offers free to low-cost learning opportunities designed to develop skills, practices, and behaviors that best prepare people working in the social sector for success.

Other Funding Opportunities

  • Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation has expanded their eligibility for their grant program to offer stability and support to nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic aside from their other focus areas of education attainment and economic opportunity. Learn more here > Deadline: September 23, 2020
  • The Doris Day Animal Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from nonprofit organizations that need assistance in their work of caring for and protecting animals. Deadline: September 30, 2020
  • The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) to California-based nonprofit organizations for projects designed to provide education, skills training, and/or respite for family, professional, and volunteer caregivers. Learn more here > Deadline: October 1, 2020
  • The California Arts Council has opened a new Request for Proposals  for Arts in Corrections, intended to bolster the values upheld by the state prison arts program through virtual training opportunities for current Coordinating Organizations in the following areas: healing-centered best practices for arts facilitators, race and equity, restorative and transformative justice and strategic partnerships. A Grant Webinar will be held September 23, 2020 at 3pm. Deadline: October 30, 2020 by 4pm
  • The Henry L. Guenther Foundation is accepting grant applications for programs that improve social conditions, promote human welfare, and/or alleviate pain and suffering. These can include individual and family services, educational programs, homeless assistance, veterans’ affairs, food banks, medical equipment and technology, technology resources, and capital campaigns. Deadline: October 31, 2020
  • The Proteus Foundation’s Rise Together Fund considers applicants for organizational capacity support, project support, and collaboration support. The Rapid Response/Opportunity Fund will consider support for time-limited, responsive or proactive projects. The Proteus Foundation is especially interested in projects that take an intersectional approach. These grants generally range from $2,000-7,000. Learn more here > Deadline: Rolling
  • The California Wellness Foundation is accepting letters of interest for the various Advancing Wellness Grantmaking programs: Health Care, Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods, Education and Employment and Health Policy and Strengthening the Sector. Deadline: Rolling


  • Through a partnership with The San Diego Foundation, Nonprofit Management Solutions offers access to a free resource library for management and fundraising information.
  • Please check The San Diego Foundation Careers page more job opportunities at The Foundation.