• The City of San Diego in partnership with The San Diego Foundation is pleased to provide the Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund. The City of San Diego, thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan of the Federal Government and local funding from The San Diego Foundation, is pleased to offer grants for City of San Diego small businesses and nonprofits. If you are looking for information on how to apply, please visit Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund Deadline: September 24, 2021 by 5:00pm 
  • The City of San Marcos created the San Marcos COVID-19 Community Grants Program, a $3,000,000 effort. Funds will be distributed to nonprofit organizations for the sole benefit of San Marcos residents. The granting process and award decisions are the responsibility of the Fund’s program administrators, staff and volunteer leadership from Coastal Community Foundation, Impact Cubed, and Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. Learn more in a Webinar. Ask questions directly with their staff in a Zoom call! Webinars will be offered at 1-2pm on September 15, October 19, and November 18. Register here 
  • If you’re a renter having trouble paying your rent, utilities, or other housing costs – or if you’re a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants in this situation – help may be available. The CDC moratorium ended on August 26, 2021. Apply for money to cover rent and utilities today.  Visit the CFPB’s Rental Assistance Finder to find out what this means for you and what you can do. The CFPB’s site also includes resources to help renters and landlords understand other resources to help navigate various financial hardships related to the pandemic. 


  • Do you have an important project that could be initiated and completed between January and May 2022, but lack the human resources to accomplish it? LEAD San Diego is seeking project proposals from community-based organizations serving low-income and/or traditionally underserved communities in the greater San Diego region. The brainpower of the #LEADImpact cohort will sustain these initiatives. This partnership means that the knowledge, professional skills, and access to regional resources of our newest program cohort will directly benefit selected community improvement projects. 
    Learn more here and submit your application by September 17, 2021. 


  • On September 14, join The Chronicle of Philanthropy for a one-hour virtual forum, “Lessons from a Pandemic: Nonprofits Reach More People Without Spending More”, to learn from successful nonprofit leaders who will explain how they led their organizations through a time of immense change, the lessons they learned, and ways you can benefit from their experiences. Register for the free opportunity here
  • Nonprofit Management Solutions holds a series of live, virtual Workshops for nonprofits and individuals throughout the year and access to Foundation Directory Online Professional, a fully searchable database of more than 100,000 foundation and corporate grantmakers.  
  • Build a #GivingTuesday Campaign that Inspires and Converts. Make the most of the year-end giving season and learn how to optimize your #GivingTuesday campaign. Free Live Training: September 22, 2021 
  • Staying Compliant in Today’s Everchanging Online Fundraising Landscape. Potential supporters have many giving opportunities, and trust matters. Demonstrating accountability, transparency, and commitment to compliance as a best practice can help solidify your nonprofit’s status as a well-run organization with a mission worthy of support. Free Training: November 10, 2021 


  • The Escondido Community Foundation is accepting applications for their 2021-2022 Mural Project grant cycle. The mural project will enhance the quality of life for those who live, work, and play in Escondido by beautifying the community with local art. Deadline: October 4, 2021, 5:00pm  


  • The California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) announced that the final Application Guide and Application Workshop Webinars are now available for the Outdoor Equity Grants Program. The Outdoor Equity Grants Program (OEP) will provide program operation funding for outdoor access, including day or overnight trips from underserved communities to regional, state, national parks, tribal land, and other natural areas within California. OEP will fund program operating and transportation costs but will not fund capital projects. Please visit to access a RSVP Link for participation in an Application Workshop and to access the final Application Guide. Applicants will receive approximately four months to plan their outdoor program. Deadline: October 8, 2021 
  • The Henry L. Guenther Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations in California, with a focus on Southern California. The foundation seeks to fund programs that will 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, 2021 
  • Nordstrom is accepting requests for consideration from organizations that provide basic necessities for youth and families. Requests may be submitted for programmatic support or event sponsorship. Deadline: November 1, 2021 
  • WHALE TAIL® grants are now open and accepting applications to support experiential education and stewardship of the California coast and its watersheds. Grant projects can engage youth or adults and can take place anywhere in California. Deadline: November 5, 2021 
  • Monetary and in-kind support is available to charitable causes that reflect Caesars Entertainment’s commitment to the communities in which the company operates. Requests are more likely to be approved if it benefits one of their strategic focus areas: older individuals, environmental & social sustainability, and education & equity. Deadline: Rolling 

Federal and State Grants 

  • The CalCRG program is accepting applications from Local Health Departments and qualified Community-based Nonprofit Organizations to support job placement, mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, system navigation services, legal services to address barriers to reentry, and linkages to medical care for communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies, also known as the War on Drugs. Deadline: September 29, 2021 
  • The Domestic Violence American Rescue Plan Program is accepting Requests for Proposals (RFP) to ensure the continuity of domestic violence services and/or response to COVID-19 by providing funding for non-shelter supportive services and/or prevention activities. Deadline: October 14, 2021 
  • FEMA’s two competitive mitigation grant programs are accepting applications beginning September 30, 2021. The grant programs provide states, local communities, tribes, and territories funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness by reducing disaster losses and protecting life and property from future disaster damage. Deadline: January 28, 2022  

City of San Diego and County of San Diego Grants 

  • San Diego County grants are posted on BuyNet.  
  • The City of San Diego offers several funding opportunities for nonprofit organizations each year through an annual process consisting of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP). Please note funding cycles and requirements may vary by program. Stay updated on opportunities and deadlines by checking out each funding program’s website. 
  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grants are made throughout the fiscal year and there is no deadline for submitting an application. Please click the website link for your District for more information about each Supervisor and to understand each District’s priorities that guide funding recommendations, including supplemental information required in order to apply, if any.  


The City of San Diego’s Planning Department has several citywide initiatives and community plan updates underway, which lay the foundation for the City’s future as it relates to climate action, housing, and infrastructure. Learn about these engagement opportunities below. 

City of San Diego Planning Department: Homes For All of Us 

  • Homes For All of Us is Mayor Gloria’s package of initiatives aimed at producing more homes across the city that San Diegans of all income levels can afford. Following two public workshops in August, the Planning Department released draft code language for the Homes For All of Us Implementation Proposal. The Planning Department will present this to the Community Planner’s Committee on September 28 and update code language to reflect public input this month.    
  • Blueprint San Diego will be the City’s new planning approach that shapes how climate-friendly housing development will occur in every neighborhood. There are two online community forum opportunities to learn more about Blueprint San Diego this month: September 23 and September 29. Register here. 

City of San Diego Planning Department: Climate Resilient SD 

  • Climate Resilient SD will be the City of San Diego’s comprehensive climate adaptation and resiliency plan to prepare for a changing climate. The Planning Department anticipates releasing the draft Climate Resilient SD plan for public review at the end of September. You can subscribe to their newsletter here to stay in the loop on the draft plan’s release, upcoming community workshops, and other outreach events. New information and helpful resources on how to prepare for extreme heat events and wildfires has also been added to the webpage:  

City of San Diego Planning Department: Spaces as Places  

  • Spaces as Places is the Planning department’s initiative to transition temporary pandemic response outdoor spaces to permanent outdoor places for the post-pandemic world. The draft regulations and design manual are now available for review here. Spaces as Places will be presented at the ADA board on September 8, Planning Commission on September 9, and Land Use and Housing Committee on September 16 before going before City Council in late October.  

City of San Diego Planning Department: Community Plan Updates 

  • Barrio Logan Community Plan Update: During the month of September, the City will be seeking input from Barrio Logan community members on a draft plan. The Barrio Logan Community Planning Group will meet to discuss the draft on September 15. Learn more about the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update here. 
  • College Area Community Plan Update: The College Area Community Plan Update is in the concept development phase. Recently, the Planning Department has presented draft concepts on the public realm, park opportunities, and urban design. This fall, the Planning Department will present draft land use concepts for community feedback. Stay up to date on the College Area Community Plan Update by visiting the project webpage.  
  • University Community Plan Update: During the month of October, the University Community Plan Update will be launching an online engagement platform which seeks input from the community on a range of land use and density options. To catch a preview of the platform, join us at the virtual University Community Plan Update Subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30pm. For more information and to register for the meeting, go here.  
  • Hillcrest Focused Plan Amendment: The Hillcrest LGBTQ+ Historic Context Statement is currently available for public review. The context statement ties historic events and people to existing places in the community and serves as the first step in the City’s historic preservation strategy for the neighborhood. In the coming months, the Uptown Planners Subcommittee will meet for a presentation and discussion on Land Use and Urban Design within the Plan Hillcrest area that builds upon feedback received at previous meetings covering building form, urban design, and public spaces. The date of the meeting is to be determined. Subscribe to receive updates about Plan Hillcrest and learn more by visiting 
  • Mira Mesa Community Plan Update: The Mira Mesa Community Plan Update is in the concept development phase. Recently, the Planning Department presented draft concepts on the public realm, park opportunities, urban design, and land use. This fall, the Planning Department will present a mobility analysis of the draft land use concept for community feedback. Learn more about the Mira Mesa Community Plan Update. 
  • Clairemont Community Plan Update: The Planning Commission will host an informational workshop on the Draft Clairemont Community Plan on September 23. The workshop will provide input from the Planning Commission on the Draft Clairemont Community Plan Update land use map, policies, design concepts, and provide an opportunity to discuss community feedback. Learn more about the Clairemont Community Plan Update.  


  • Through a partnership with The San Diego Foundation, Nonprofit Solutions offers access to a free resource library for management and fundraising information. 
  • Hebrew Free Loan San Diego is offering interest-free loans to the *Jewish community of San Diego County. *Jewish community includes households with at least one self-identifying Jewish person and others who are employed by local Jewish communal organizations. 

TSDF Career Opportunities  

Nonprofit Career Opportunities 

  • Logan Heights Community Development Corporation has an open opportunity for a part-time Director of Development. Position is immediately available.