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McCarthy Family Foundation Grants

Grants to San Diego, California Nonprofits for Child Abuse Prevention,
K-12 Science Education, HIV/AIDS Research, and Support for the Homeless

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McCarthy Family Foundation

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Grants typically ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to San Diego, California nonprofits for programs, activities and projects in the areas of child abuse prevention, K-12 science education, HIV/AIDS research, and assistance to the homeless. Applicants must submit a letter of intent in advance of a full proposal.

Funding area details:

Child Abuse Prevention — Support for child abuse prevention programs and to provide necessary services for victims of child abuse and their families.

K-12 Science Education — to foster increased study of science and to promote further scientific study and careers by qualified students.

HIV/AIDS Research — to assist in research to determine the pathogenesis of HIV and AIDS (and related diseases) and develop effective therapies.

Assistance to Homeless People — to help with basic needs and support to improve opportunity for independence, health and self-esteem. Programs supported have included youth and adult education.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166525

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grants are expected to be small ($5000-$15,000) reflecting the foundation’s limited budget although there are no fixed minimum or maximum amounts.

Term of Contract:

Multiple year proposals may be considered, but it is not the foundation’s intention to provide annual support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will only be accepted for programs within San Diego County.

The foundation does not consider grants for individuals, scholarship funds or sectarian religious activities. Normally the foundation will not consider requests for general fundraising drives. It will not make grants intended directly or indirectly to support political candidates or to influence legislation.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Inquiry must be received via online submission no later than:

- January 15 to be considered for a proposal invitation regarding the February 15 proposal deadline, and
- July 15 to be considered for a proposal invitation regarding the August 15 proposal deadline.

Generally, grant proposals received by February 15 will be considered for decision/funding in June, and grant proposals received by August 15 will be considered for decision/funding in December.

Application Process:
A two-step process is followed. All applicants (regardless of whether they are prior grantees) should first submit a letter of inquiry. Proposals submitted without an initial letter of inquiry will not be reviewed by the foundation.

Applicants who receive a favorable response to their initial inquiry will be invited to submit a grant application.

Please note: It is not normally the foundation’s desire to be the sole source of funds for a project.

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Contact Information:

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

Submit the LOI online:

All inquiries and applications should be addressed to:

Rachel McCarthy Henneforth, President
The McCarthy Family Foundation
P. O. Box 27389
San Diego, CA 92198-1389

Telephone: 858-875-3332

Applicants seeking funding for homelessness services and housing should direct inquiries to:

Funders Together to End Homelessness – San Diego
Megan Thomas
San Diego Grantmakers
5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 350
San Diego, CA 92122

Applicants from HIV direct service organizations should contact the collaborative directly at:

Prabha Singh, MPH, Operations Director
San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative
c/o San Diego Human Dignity Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 160
San Diego, CA 92106
Telephone: (619) 291-3383
Fax: (619) 291-3384

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Diego County