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Grants to California Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for Civic Engagement Activities and Music Programs Benefiting Local Communities

Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) Grant


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Funding Source
San Diego Foundation (SDF)
Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Rancho Bernardo

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/22/23 5:00 PM PDT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for programs to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Funding is intended to support projects that encourage civic engagement and foster pride in the local community. Funds will also be awarded to support music programs. Projects must serve the residents of the Rancho Bernardo community.

The purpose and vision of the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) is to improve the quality of life and meet emerging needs by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy, building a community endowment for the benefit of Rancho Bernardo, providing funds annually to community organizations and causes, and giving the Rancho Bernardo community a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit Rancho Bernardo now and forever.

Community Enhancement:

  • In the current cycle, RBCF will accept proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community.
  • The goal of the grant cycle is to support programs that make Rancho Bernardo a great place in which to live, work and play. Desirable projects will inspire community pride, revitalization and increase the quality of life of the broader community.


  • RBCF will award funding for programs involving music to be awarded from the RB Symphony on the Green Fund.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for a grant from the RBCF, organizations must have 501(c)(3) charitable tax-exempt status and provide services in the community of Rancho Bernardo. An organization may serve as a fiscal sponsor for a charitable organization that does not have tax-exempt status if a cooperative relationship between the two can be clearly demonstrated. The fiscal sponsor must be willing to administer the grant if awarded.

RBCF does not make grants to supporting organizations or private, non-operating foundations.

Generally, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation does not make grants for:
- Annual campaigns and fundraising events
- Capital campaigns for buildings of facilities
- Stipends for attendance at conferences
- Endowments or “chairs”
- For-profit organizations and individuals unaffiliated with a qualified fiscal sponsor
- Projects that promote religious or political doctrine
- Research (medical or otherwise)
- Scholarships
- Existing obligations/debt

Pre-Proposal Conference
Thursday, April 20, 2023 – Grant Seekers Forum at 4:30 p.m. PDT via Zoom

RSVP to Lesley Hughes

Pre-Application Information
- Tuesday, April 11, 2023 – Grant guidelines release
- Thursday, April 20, 2023 – Grant Seekers Forum at 4:30 p.m. PDT via Zoom
- Monday, May 22, 2023 – Grant applications due no later than 5:00 p.m. PDT
- June 2023 – Site visits conducted with all finalists
- September 2023 – Selection of award recipients
- Thursday, November 16, 2023 – Grant checks are presented to grantees at the Grants Celebration
- December 1, 2023 – Program funding start date

Grantseeker FAQs:

Estimated Size of Grant
- Community Enhancement programs: RBCF will accept proposals in the range of $1,500 to $10,000.
- Music programs: RBCF will accept music proposals in the range of $1,500 to $5,000.

Term of Contract
Grants are made for one year. This grant cycle runs from December 1, 2023 through November 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For assistance regarding the program, contact Trudy Armstrong at or by calling (619) 764-8602.

For technical assistance with the application, contact Lesley Hughes at or by calling (619) 693-4489.

San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 235-2300

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