April 11, 2023 – San Diego, CA – Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF), an affiliate of San Diego Foundation, announced the availability of grant funding through the Community Enhancement program to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo.

“We’re committed to the financial support of the Rancho Bernardo nonprofit organizations to build a vibrant community that benefits current and future residents,” shared Debbie Kurth, RBCF Board President. “We want to improve the quality of life and meet emerging community needs by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy.”

For the 2023 – 2024 grant cycle, RBCF will accept proposals for grants between $1,500 and $10,000 that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community.

Proposals must be submitted online by no later than 5 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 22, 2023. The grant application can be accessed online at SDFoundation.org/grants.

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

Projects must clearly address Rancho Bernardo-specific issues and needs, including activities that promote creativity and enhance civic engagement, and must also clearly address the impact on Rancho Bernardo residents. Separately, RBCF will also accept proposals with funding levels between $1,500 and $5,000 for programs involving music to be awarded from the RB Symphony on the Green Fund.

Proposed projects should be practical, achievable within a 12-month time frame, and have prospects for long-term sustainability. Funding may be used to expand existing programs, replicate programs tested in other communities or to launch new efforts.

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation will fund programs managed by nonprofit organizations, schools or government agencies that focus on problem areas, opportunities or populations that otherwise are not funded and serviced by existing nonprofits, educational organization mandates or state or federal programs.

In its 34 years of grantmaking, RBCF has granted more than $1 million to nonprofit programs that strengthen quality of life for all who live, work and enjoy Rancho Bernardo.

For more information about Community Enhancement and Music program grant guidelines, or to apply for a grant, visit SDFoundation.org/Grants.

To become a member, visit the RBCF site or contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org.

About Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate Program, including Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, was established by San Diego Foundation to create a regional network of affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership, building endowments, increasing impactful philanthropy and promoting civic engagement. Affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $5 million overall, and granted more than $6 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

About San Diego Foundation

San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region. Our strategic priorities include advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, building resilient communities, and delivering world-class philanthropy to realize our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities. For more than 47 years, SDF and its donors have granted more than $1.4 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at SDFoundation.org.


Lorena Nava Ruggero, San Diego Foundation, lruggero@sdfoundation.org, 619-814-1365