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Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools to Improve the
Well-Being of Local Residents During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

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

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Deadline Date:

03/22/21 5:00 PM PST


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Grants of up to $35,000 to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools for programs to improve the emotional and social well-being of local residents during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting a full application. Projects must benefit 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, ECF selects a focus area based on the most immediate needs of the community. For the 15th grant cycle, ECF invites nonprofits serving Escondido to submit applications for programs that will improve the social and emotional well-being of its residents. With a pandemic and widespread economic hardship, the number of people suffering from feelings of social isolation, anxiety, and depression has skyrocketed. The increase in uncertainty and stress has disproportionately hurt vulnerable populations. 

The Foundation will accept Letters of Intent for projects that will improve the social and emotional well-being in the community by addressing any of the following issues:

  • Social Isolation: The effects of social isolation include a steep increase in mental health concerns, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Possible solutions could include programs that foster resilience, deflect the effects of anxiety, and enhance social support systems to combat isolation and loneliness. 
  • Anxiety, Depression, Suicide: Current data reflects an increase in chronic stress, pervasive hopelessness and helplessness, and feelings of loss and isolation, which are key factors that can increase an individual’s risk of suicide. These mental health consequences are likely to peak and continue even after the pandemic has subsided. Possible solutions might include programs that provide a range of prevention and intervention services that target at-risk populations.
  • Abuse: Domestic abuse is also increasing and affects adults and children. Possible solutions could include services such as counseling, child care, legal assistance, safe shelter, and housing.
  • Support for Young People: The increase in social and emotional stress is particularly acute in young people. Many are at risk of being left behind in education and employment opportunities. Possible solutions could include tutoring to help students who are falling behind, and mentoring to discourage gang activity and help teens find jobs.

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

Term of Contract:

Grants are made for one year. This grant cycle is October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.

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

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 via Zoom will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
• RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020
• Emails with the link to attend will be sent on Tuesday December 1, 2020

Please RSVP to Lauren Hough by November 30, 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

• January 25, 2021 – Letter of Intent due by 5:00 p.m.
• February 22, 2021 – Invitations to submit full proposals (By Invitation only)
• March 22, 2021 - Full grant applications due 5:00 p.m. (By Invitation only)
• April/May 2020 – Site visits conducted with finalists
• August 2021 – Selection of award recipients
• September 2021 – Award Celebration
• October 1, 2021– 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.

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, email Lauren Hough at

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

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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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