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Escondido Community Foundation (ECF) Grant

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Grants of up to $35,000 to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools in eligible regions for workforce development programs. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Eligible projects must support and invest in Escondido's general population and 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).

The vision of ECF is to inspire a culture of giving that supports, strengthens, and enriches the quality of life in the Escondido community now and for generations to come. From improving quality of life to rejuvenating the bonds of our communities, the contributions of ECF members stimulate a sense of common purpose by bringing people together to address essential and emerging needs. 

Each year the Escondido Community Foundation (ECF) selects a focus area based on the most immediate needs of the community. For the 16th grant cycle, ECF invites nonprofits serving Escondido to submit applications for programs which will support workforce development. The pandemic has caused upheaval in the lives of workers and business owners. Building sustainable careers is vital to individual economic stability as well as the economic vitality of the entire community.

Workforce development helps people advance their skills and garner the tools necessary for professional success. ECF is interested in programs which lift people up so they can move into higher-paying and more challenging jobs. ECF also wants to provide employers with the highly skilled workers they need. Programs could include job readiness, job shadowing, internships, vocational education, advancement opportunities and technology instruction.

Potential projects could be:

  • Create strong partnerships between schools and businesses
  • Provide on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and internships
  • Provide appropriate support services to overcome workforce barriers i.e. childcare; transportation; etc.
  • Furnish continuing education and vocational training
  • Supply state-of-the-art equipment and software to vocational programs
  • Provide young people with career opportunities
  • Support mature workers with skill training and identify job opportunities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150009

Estimated Size of Grant:

The funding range is $15,000 to $35,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are made for one year. This grant cycle is October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023.

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 organization is using a fiscal sponsor, a cooperative relationship between the two must be clearly demonstrated
- Project must be achievable within a 12-month time frame
- Funding may be used to expand existing programs, replicates programs tested in other communities, launch new efforts, or reintroduce former programs/or events
- Project must have prospects for long-term sustainability (future funding, viability, etc.).

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

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for LOI submission: January 24, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PST

Organizations that are moved forward through the LOI process will be invited to submit a full application by February 21, 2022. Those organizations invited to submit a full proposal will submit completed applications by March 21, 2022.

- January 24, 2022 – Letter of Intent Due by 5:00 pm
- February 21, 2022 – Invitations to submit Full Proposals. (By Invitation only)
- March 21, 2022 - Full grant applications due 5pm. (By Invitation only)
- April / May 2022 – Site visits conducted with finalists.
- August 2022 – Selection of award recipients.
- September 2022 – Award Celebration.
- October 1, 2022– Program funding start date.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to

For program questions, please contact Trudy Armstrong at
For technical questions regarding the application, please contact Belinda Panelo at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: 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)

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