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Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) Grant

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) - Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

05/24/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs that 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. RBCF, a proud affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, is committed to the financial support of organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo.

In the current cycle, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation will accept proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community. Projects must clearly address Rancho Bernardo-specific issues and needs; including activities that promote creativity and enhance civic engagement and must also clearly address the impact on Rancho Bernardo residents. These projects should be practical, achievable within a 12-month time frame, and have prospects for long-term sustainability. Funding may be used to expand existing programs, replicate programs tested in other communities or to launch totally new efforts.

Grants will be awarded for projects focusing on one of the following areas:

Community Enhancement: 

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 increase dialogue and participation, inspire community pride and revitalization and increase the quality of life of the broader community.


RBCF will award funding from the RB Symphony on the Green Fund to support music and musical programs and projects in the Rancho Bernardo area. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155392

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Enhancement programs: RBCF will accept proposals in the range of $1,500 to $10,000.

Music programs: RBCF will award up to $10,000 in increments of funding levels between $1,500 and $5,000 from the RB Symphony on the Green Fund to support music and musical programs and projects.

Term of Contract:

Grants are made for one year. This grant cycle runs from December 1, 2021 through November 30, 2022.

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 22, 2021 – Grant Seekers Forum at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom

RSVP to Lauren Hough at

Pre-Application Information:

- Monday, April 12, 2021 – Guidelines release
- Thursday, April 22, 2021 – Grant Seekers Forum at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom
- Monday, May 24, 2021 – Grant applications due no later than 5:00 p.m.
- June 2021 – Site visits conducted with all finalists
- September 2021 – Selection of award recipients
- Friday, November 19, 2021 – Grant checks are presented to grantees at Thanksgiving Grants Celebration
- December 1, 2021 – Program funding start date

Grantseeker FAQs:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

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

For technical assistance with the application, contact Kerri Favela at or by calling
(619) 235-2300.

The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd.
Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 235-2300

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