December 9, 2013 – Escondido, CA – The Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) will release its 2014-2015 Letter of Intent Guidelines on Friday, December 13, 2014.

The foundation is in its eighth grant cycle and invites nonprofits serving Escondido to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to express interest in applying for 2014-2015 grants. The foundation will be accepting LOI’s for projects that build community leadership and involvement, while meeting this year’s focal area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This grant cycle is committed to the financial support of organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work and play within the geographic boundaries of the Greater Escondido area (as defined by the Escondido Union High School District boundaries “to include the San Pasqual Valley, up to Deer Springs Road by Lawrence Welk and out toward Del Dios).

The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the first step in a two-step application process, which will facilitate the allocation of funding for Escondido-centered projects. The funding range is $15,000 to $35,000. The foundation will evaluate all LOI submittals and qualify those that meet the program and eligibility criteria. The deadline for submitting the LOI is January 13, 2014 5:00 p.m. Organizations that are moved forward through the LOI process will be invited to submit a full application proposal by March 24, 2014.

“This year, we’re teaming up with eight of the other affiliate foundations to focus our grantmaking efforts on civic engagement and community involvement,” said Rebecca Raymond, Grants Chair of the foundation. “It is a great opportunity to contribute to county-wide impact while continuing to support the unique needs of the Escondido community.”

What: 2014 Grant Guidelines and Grant Seekers Forum
Who: Nonprofit organizations serving Escondido
How: Grant guidelines and application instructions can be found here. MyCommunity registration can be completed at
When: MyCommunity registration must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2014.


Grant Seekers Forum

Monday, December 16, 2014
4:00 p.m.

North County office of The San Diego Foundation
900 Canterbury Place, Suite 300
Escondido, CA 92025

RSVP by emailing or calling (619) 764-8602.

Questions: For questions concerning the grant guidelines, contact Trudy Armstrong at or (619) 764-8602.

For technical questions about the application, contact Sadie Brinton at or (619) 814-1381.

About The Escondido Charitable Foundation
An affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, the Escondido Charitable Foundation was founded in 2007 by Escondido community leaders to raise dollars in Escondido for Escondido. The ECF is an Escondido-specific effort that meets the emerging needs of the community of Escondido by encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy. The Escondido Charitable Foundation allows members to pool their resources to make a lasting and effective impact on the community through grants to benefit Escondido residents. All funds benefit nonprofit programs that serve the community and grantmaking decisions are made by the Escondido residents that participate as members of the foundation. For additional information, please

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $635 million in assets, almost half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $846 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at

Trudy Armstrong (, (619) 764-8602
Heather Back (, (619) 235-2300