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 San Diego Women’s Foundation 2015-2016 Grant Application

Community Leadership Development

The San Diego Women's Foundation (SDWF), a supporting organization of The San Diego Foundation, invites nonprofits to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for the 2015-2016 grants cycle. SDWF will be accepting LOIs for innovative programs that identify and develop leaders from within underserved communities in the San Diego region. SDWF is particularly interested in programs that encourage long-term individual and/or community change, increasing empowerment and civic engagement.

Letters of Inquiry must be submitted electronically no later than 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Review the SDWF Grant Guidelines and learn how to submit your LOI.

For questions about the application, please contact Mara Holiday at or (619) 814-1351.

Grant Seeker’s Forum

Each year, SDWF holds a gathering for nonprofit grant seekers from the San Diego community. This is your opportunity to meet some of our members, ask questions about the guidelines, and network with other organizations doing similar work. All grant seekers are strongly encouraged to attend. Due to limited space, we ask that only one representative attend from each organization.

Date: July 29, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: The San Diego Foundation Hoffman Room
2508 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego, CA 92106

RSVP to Mara Holiday at or call (619) 814-1351.