Grant Opportunities

Grant OpportunitiesOur program grants are driven by The Foundation’s mission, values, and focus on results that will bring lasting benefits to each community in our region. In 2011, The Foundation granted program grants of $1.2 million to our communities, in addition to the over $60 million in Donor Advised Fund Grants.

Program are distributed through a competitive process across specific subject areas, each headed by Working Groups of committed volunteers. Subject areas include arts and culture, the environment, health & human services, and science & technology.

Unsolicited grant requests for program grants are not considered. To review available opportunities, please check our website and Frequently Asked Questions. For additional questions, please contact Kerri Favela, Community Grants Administrator, at or 619-235-2300.

Current grant opportunities are listed below. Please note that available grants, applications and deadlines change throughout the year. We encourage you to revisit our site frequently for active opportunities. During periods where no grants are posted, we encourage you to return periodically for new announcements.

The Escondido Charitable Foundation's 2014-2015 Grant Application

The Great Outdoors

The foundation, in its ninth grant cycle, invites nonprofits serving Escondido to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to express interest in applying for ECF’s 2015-2016 grant cycle on the theme of The Great Outdoors. ECF will be accepting LOI’s for creative projects that promote the rich natural resources and open spaces throughout Escondido. During this grant cycle, the ECF will make grants that support programs or projects, which foster healthy lifestyles, and connect, protect, or increase access to nature for people of all ages and abilities and improve the lives of those who live, work and play within the geographic boundaries of the Greater Escondido area generally 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. The foundation will evaluate all LOI submissions and qualify those that meet the program and eligibility criteria. Organizations that are short-listed through the LOI process will be invited to submit a full application. The funding range is $10K to $30K.

The deadline for submitting completed LOIs is 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Monday, January 12, 2015

Grant Seekers Forum
A voluntary informational workshop concerning the grant opportunity will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in Foundation offices at 900 Canturbury Ste 300, Escondido CA 92025.

To RSVP, contact Cassie Edmonds at or (619) 814-1381by no later than November 18th.

For technical questions about the application, please contact Cassie Edmonds at or (619) 814-1381.