The San Diego Foundation Announces Availability of Grants to Increase Outdoor Engagement Among Children & Families

Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

February 27, 2020 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced the availability of Environmental Initiative grant funding through the Opening the Outdoors Program. The 2020 grant cycle will prioritize nonprofit programs that provide access to San Diego’s natural resources for the enjoyment of all San Diegans – today and tomorrow.

According to The San Diego Foundation Parks for Everyone report, 45 percent of San Diego County’s total land area is green space, yet many low-income, communities of color have a disproportionately lower degree of access to parks and open spaces. This lack of access has decreased community engagement in the outdoors, directly impacting both the mental and physical health of San Diegans.

In response, The San Diego Foundation Opening the Outdoors grant cycle will invest in programs that clearly contribute to system or individual change resulting in opportunities for children and families in the San Diego region to grow, connect and thrive through positive interactions with the outdoors.

To be considered, eligible organizations must submit a proposal by April 6. The San Diego Foundation will prioritize applications with thoughtful collaborations, strategic partnerships and measurable goals. Proposals will be reviewed by Foundation staff and a review committee comprised of a diverse group of community volunteers with expertise in philanthropy and the environment.

While participation is not required in order to apply, interested nonprofits are encouraged to sign up for the Informational Webinar hosted by The San Diego Foundation on March 11 at 1:00pm. Register for the webinar here.

For more information about The San Diego Foundation Opening the Outdoors Program, or to apply for one of the available grants, visit

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