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 Kerri@sdfoundation.org 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 Great Neighborhood Challenge 2014


Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation Grants

Grant Guidelines: 2014-2015 Grant Cycle

Cycle 3: Civil Society and Civic Engagement and Leadership

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation is in its 26th year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo. In the current cycle, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation will accept proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community.

The goal of the grant cycle is to support programs that enhance the community of Rancho Bernardo. Desirable projects will increase dialogue and participation, inspire community pride and revitalization and increase the broader participation of the community. The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation is committed to the supporting organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo.

Nonprofit organizations are invited to submit project proposals specifically for Rancho Bernardo that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community.

These 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.


Creative Catalyst

Creative Catalyst Fund: Individual Artist Fellowship Program Guidelines and Application

The San Diego Foundation invites your participation in a funding program for individual artists. The Creative Catalyst Fund: Individual Artist Fellowship Program (CCF Fellows Program) provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to support the creation and development of new work conceived by San Diego-based professional artists and focused on creating opportunities for community engagement through arts and culture.

The CCF Fellows Program first seeks to advance the professional careers of artists of all disciplines, elevate the profile of the artistic community and encourage creative expression in the region. The CCF Fellows Program will enable the creation of new work which will be artistically innovative in terms of the artist's own practice, and/or discipline. Our long-range goal is for San Diego to become a place where creativity and all makers of art can thrive.

Artist Application Workshop

The Foundation will hold an informational workshop for interested applicants.

Monday, May 12, 2014
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Hoffman Boardroom at The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92106

Please RSVP to Ruth@sdfoundation.org by no later than Friday, May 9th if you plan to attend.


Ramona Community Foundation Grants

Grant Guidelines: 2014-2015 Grant Cycle

Cycle 3: Civil Society and Civic Engagement and Leadership

The Ramona Community Foundation is in its third year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Ramona. In the current cycle, the Ramona Community Foundation will accept proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community.

The goal of the grant cycle is to support programs that enhance the community of Ramona. Desirable projects will increase dialogue and participation, inspire community pride and revitalization and increase the broader participation of the community. The Ramona Community Foundation is committed to the supporting organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work and play in Ramona.