Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation Announces Grants to Enhance Quality of Life and Build a More Vibrant Community

Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

For Immediate Release

April 12, 2021 – San Diego, CA – Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, today 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 Daniel Wilson, RBCF Board President. “We want to improve the quality of life and meet emerging community needs by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy.”

In the 2021/2022 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. on Monday, May 24, 2021. The grant application can be accessed here.

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 inspire community pride, 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 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.

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 totally 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 33 years of grantmaking, RBCF has granted more than $880,000 to over 120 nonprofit programs that strengthen quality of life for all who live, work and enjoy Rancho Bernardo.

For more information about Community Enhancement 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 the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate Program, including the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, was established by The 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, La Jolla, 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 The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve quality of life in our region. For more than 45 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.3 billion to support nonprofit organizations and strengthen our San Diego community. Learn more at SDFoundation.org and consider a donation to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, helping nonprofits and San Diegans affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Foundation also provides helpful COVID-19 resources to support nonprofit organizations through this public health and economic crisis.

Contact

Theresa Nakata, The San Diego Foundation, theresan@sdfoundation.org