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Endowment Fund - Regular Grants

Grants to San Marcos, California Nonprofits
to Benefit Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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San Marcos Community Foundation (SMCF)

Deadline Date:

10/03/18 5:30 PM Receipt


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Grant ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 to San Marcos, California nonprofit organizations for a wide range of programs, projects, and services that benefit local residents. For reference only, grants in the past have been awarded to a diverse group of nonprofit organizations serving different purposes in the areas of arts and culture, health and well-being, children and youth, seniors, civic life, wildlife, and education. Applications are welcome for programs addressing the needs of a variety of underserved populations in San Marcos.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174077

Estimated Size of Grant:

Regular Grants are for those agencies interested in applying for a grant of $1,500 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation does not award multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for funding, grant requests must meet all of the following requirements:

- The representing organization must be exempt from income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 23701(d) of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.
- The request must be for a nonprofit project or use directly benefiting the residents of San Marcos.
- At the time of the funding, the Board will establish the timing of the reporting period and all records/receipts must be submitted to the SMCF no later than the timeframe established by the Board. Failure to comply with the deadline will result in the grant monies (partial or full) being returned to the SMCF immediately and may impact future awards.

Funds may not be awarded to:

- Assist a religious, fraternal, or political purpose;
- Aid organizations whose primary function is to assist other charitable or public groups of activities through grants and donations;
- Underwrite the cost of advertising or fund-raisers.

Pre-Application Information:

A quarterly deadline for the regular grants has been established for the first Wednesday of the months of January, April, July and October (applications must be received by 5:30 pm).

Grant Application Deadlines for Regular Grants:

- Winter Quarter: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
- Spring Quarter: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
- Summer Quarter: Thursday, July 5, 2018
- Fall Quarter: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Upon review of the application, the Grant Funding Committee will determine if additional information is needed and whether or not an agency visit is warranted. The applicant may also be requested to present its proposal to the full Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting as determined by the Grant Funding Committee.

Agencies will be notified within thirty (30) days of the quarterly Board meeting of the award status.

Faxes are not accepted. Agencies requesting regular grants are limited to two (2) grant awards per calendar year. An agency may not apply for a regular grant during the same quarter that it is applying for a mini grant.

Whether or not matching funds are required for a regular grant is at the discretion of the Board depending upon the specifics of the request.

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application, application guidelines, list of deadlines, .

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

Application material may be submitted three ways:

1) Via Regular mail to:
San Marcos Community Foundation
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069

2) In Person at:
San Marcos Community Foundation
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069

3) Via email (PDF format- as one combined PDF file) to:

Michael Gordon
(760) 744-1050 x 3116

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Marcos