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Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) Grant

Grants to Escondido, California NonProfits, Agencies, and
Schools for Environmental Action and Education Programs

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The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) - Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF)

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LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

03/23/20 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools to enhance the quality of life in the Greater Escondido area. A Letter of Intent is required prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to support environmental action and education programs that address emerging needs of local residents.

Projects must serve Escondido residents within the geographic boundaries of the Greater Escondido area (as 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).

Each year the Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) selects a different focus area. For the 14th grant cycle, ECF seeks to support organizations that will improve the quality of life in Escondido through environmental education and action. People of all ages and abilities can play an important role as stewards of the environment.

Focus Area - Projects which meet the following criteria will be considered:

  • Cultivate and train future generations of environmental leaders and stewards
  • Engage the community in habitat conservation, restoration, and ecology
  • Develop food justice programs that build knowledge of nutritious, sustainable, culturally appropriate foods to ensure people have access to healthy food. Effect a positive impact on the environment by addressing and fixing the food system
  • Create collaborative projects and/or activities in outdoor settings focusing on environmental science and stewardship (*see note)
  • Promote activities that encourage water conservation and education such as xeriscape with native plants, drought awareness, school gardens, etc.
  • Provide cleanup or improvement of local creeks or natural lands
  • Encourage activities such as recycling, repurposing and reusing that reduce/eliminate the negative impact of trash

Funding may be used to expand existing programs, replicates programs tested in other communities, launch new efforts or reintroduce former programs/or events.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150009

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Escondido Charitable Foundation will accept requests in the range of $10,000 to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Project must be achievable within a 12-month time frame. This grant cycle is October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, all applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Grants must be administered by a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, or an organization that is fiscally sponsored by a 501(c) 3, a school, or other government agency. The Foundation does not make grants to supporting organizations or private, non-operating foundations
- If the organization is using a fiscal sponsor, a cooperative relationship between the two must be clearly demonstrated

Projects must support and invest in Escondido’s general population.

The Escondido Charitable Foundation at The San Diego Foundation does not make grants to supporting organizations or private, non-operating foundations.

The Escondido Charitable Foundation generally does not fund:
- Capital or annual campaigns
- Existing obligations/debt
- Scholarships
- Projects that promote religious or political doctrine

Pre-proposal Conference:

A voluntary informational workshop will be held on:

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Raymond Center for Philanthropy
Pacific Western Bank Building
900 Canterbury Place, Suite 300
Escondido, CA

RSVP to Tiffany by November 19, 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting the LOI is January 6, 2020 5:00 p.m.

Organizations that are moved forward through the LOI process will be invited to submit a full application by February 21, 2020. Those organizations invited to submit a full proposal will submit completed applications by March 23, 2020.

Projects must have measurable outcomes, which are clearly defined, outline strategies and approaches for success, and have prospects for long-term sustainability (future funding, viability, etc.).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI:

For program questions, contact Trudy Armstrong at

For technical questions regarding the online application, contact Kerri Favela at

To RSVP for the workshop, contact Tiffany at

The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92106

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