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Grants to California Nonprofits for Programs to Benefit Women and Address Social Service Needs

Rancho Santa Fe Women's Fund (RSFWF) Grant


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Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: North San Diego County and San Diego City area

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/01/23 5:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $75,000 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for programs to benefit women, and to respond to critical social service issues. In order to be eligible, a proposal must meet at least one of the following three criteria: responds to an urgent and/or critical need, is a bold new venture, or is a new approach to a time-worn problem. Only those organizations who serve populations in North San Diego County and San Diego City area are eligible to apply.
The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund strives to be a leader in funding programs which educate and improve the lives of those in need in the San Diego community.  For the 2023-24 Grant Year, the Fund is looking for strong applicants who show enduring community commitment. 
The two focus areas for this cycle are
  • Social Services — including homelessness, economic empowerment, and issues surrounding the disabled, elderly, and immigrant populations. 
  • Women’s Services — including domestic violence, sex trafficking, and issues surrounding physical and mental health support for women and teen girls.

Additional Guidelines:

  • The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund strives to fund organizations which will be positively impacted in some measurable way due to their support.
  • RSFWF will choose projects that have other additional sources of funding, so they are not the sole donor for a brand-new project and so that they are not funding a program in its entirety.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants and projects:
- Only 501(c)3 organizations will be considered for funding
- Management of the organization (and project) overseen by reliable, ethical, and experienced personnel

RSFWF will select groups that demonstrate proper and effective governance standards based on the size and age of their organization. In addition, RSFWF would prefer organizations to have an independent board of directors, a whistleblower policy, and document retention policies.

Additional Geographic Information:

Service Area Map:

Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious belief or serve an exclusively sectarian purpose will not be considered for funding.

RSFWF does not provide grants to fund capital campaigns or endowments.

Pre-Application Information
Grant Process Timeline:
- Early August: Letter of Intent form download is available on the website.
- September 1st: Letter of Intent form from the organization is due by 5:00 pm to Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund, no exceptions.
- November: Selected organizations will be asked to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP).
- December: Proposals (RPFs) are due to the Women’s Fund office.
- March: Selected organizations are invited to move to the Site Visit phase, during which members of the RSFWF will visit the organization to learn more about both the project and the organization itself.
- April: Selected organizations are asked to attend a General Meeting and make a brief presentation about the project to the Women’s Fund membership. Voting by membership soon follows.
- May: Recipients are notified, and grants are awarded.

Letters of Intent are strictly for preliminary information-gathering purposes. Only selected agencies will be invited to submit full proposals in November 2023. Submission of a Letter of Intent does not guarantee formal consideration for funding.

Any organization that has received a grant will not be eligible to receive another grant for three years.

Estimated Size of Grant
Between $25,000 - $75,000.

Contact Information
Submit LOI online:

If you have questions, please contact staff at:
(760) 230-2761

Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund
162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite B30
Encinitas, CA 92024

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