Grant Opportunities

Grant OpportunitiesProgram grants are driven by The San Diego Foundation mission, focus on community needs, and impact that will benefit our region.

Grants are awarded through a competitive process for programs that advance WELL (Work-Enjoy-Learn-Live) in San Diego for a cohesive, vibrant region.

Through WELL, The Foundation is protecting our quality of life for future generations by preparing our youth and young adults for better jobs through quality learning experiences; building neighborhoods where people of all ages and backgrounds can find affordable homes; ensuring nature is accessible, protected and connected; and creating access to San Diego’s treasured cultural amenities.

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, Grants Manager, at Kerri@sdfoundation.org or 619-402-1827.

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 Foundation 2015 Environment Grant Applications

Opening the Outdoors: Connecting San Diegans to Nature

The San Diego Foundation Environment Division invites community organizations and nonprofits in San Diego County to apply for the 2015 Opening the Outdoors grant cycle. This year’s grant cycle goal is to advance community-driven efforts that develop an interconnected network of natural areas, gathering places, and trails across the county so that the outdoors is easily accessible from any San Diegan’s doorstep. Project partnerships and collaborations are encouraged.

There is approximately $450,000 in available funding to award. Applicants may request up to $50,000. Approximately $100,000 of this funding must be used for capital needs and $12,000 for campership. Proposals involving collaboration with staff time of three or more organizations may request up to $75,000 combined.

This application has two components: an online section and a 5-page written section. Please review the grant guidelines for more information.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is 12:00 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Grant Seekers Webinar and Office Hours
A voluntary informational webinar concerning the grant opportunity will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. We will also hold office hours every Thursday (1/15, 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to answer additional questions.

To register for the webinar and/or sign up for office hours, please contact Emily Guevara at emilyg@sdfoundation.org or 619-814-1345.


Conservation Catalyst Fund

The San Diego Foundation Environment Division is currently accepting proposals for the 2015 Conservation Catalyst Fund loans program. With local conservation organizations and Our Greater San Diego Vision in mind, the Conservation Catalyst Fund takes a big picture approach to conserve, connect and maintain open spaces and parklands. The fund supports land acquisition and habitat management for jointly determined priority projects that leverage additional public funding, support science-driven adaptive restoration and management activities, and encourage policy initiatives that benefit the preservation of wild lands. The fund is collaborative, strategic and pivotal and provides zero-interest loans. Current collaborators include Conservation Biology Institute, The Conservation Fund, Endangered Habitats League, The San Diego Zoological Society, and The Trust for Public Land.

There is approximately $60,000 in available loan funding to award. This application has two components: an online section and a 6-page written section. Please review the grant guidelines for more information.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is 12:00 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Grant Seekers Webinar and Office Hours
A voluntary informational webinar concerning the grant opportunity will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. We will also hold office hours by appointment every Thursday (1/15, 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to answer additional questions.

To register for the webinar and/or sign up for office hours, please contact Emily Guevara at emilyg@sdfoundation.org or 619-814-1345.