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Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation Grant

Grants to San Diego County, California Nonprofits
for K-12 Education and Community Development

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Foundation / Corporation

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Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation

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Grants to San Diego County, California nonprofit organizations to enhance the local community with a primary emphasis on arts and culture, education, health and human services, and community development. Funding may also be awarded for endowments and miscellaneous activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176597

Term of Contract:

The Board does not provide continuous support for any project to the extent that the project becomes dependent on the Foundation for its existence. However, the Board may choose in some cases to make multi-year commitments where this need has been determined and is compelling.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must provide verification that the charitable organization requesting the grant is at present a charitable organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and California & Revenue Taxation Code Section 2370d.

The grant request must specify whether the requesting organization is a “public charity” (IRC 509(a)(1, 2 or 3) or a “private foundation.”

The specific guidelines regarding eligibility are as follows:

-The organization supports or operates a formal classroom K-12 education program, of which the primary purpose, curriculum, or object emphasizes the teaching of mathematics or the sciences and/or the appreciation of or development of skills related to art and/or the performing arts and music.


-The organization operates a formal program or series of programs that promote community development and job creation as well as the alleviation of afflictions resulting from illness, age, and economic condition.

-The organization has been established and operated within San Diego County for more than one year and has not been funded by the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation within the last 24 months.


-In general terms, the Foundation does not support conferences or symposiums.

-The grants are also broadly nonsectarian in nature; while occasional support is extended to a religious organization, it is not intended for promoting a particular religion or belief.

-There will be no consideration for grants relating to human medical or biomedical research.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2017 Board of Directors meetings will be held in February, June, and December.

Grant Schedule:
- Deadline 1: February 17
- Deadline 2: June 23
- Deadline 3: September 1
- Deadline 4: December 1

To be considered for a grant from the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation, an organization must initially submit a Letter of Intent online.

Once submitted, the Letter of Intent will be reviewed and considered by the Board of Directors at its next regularly scheduled board meeting. This review process normally takes between 6 and 12 weeks.

Generally, one of three decisions is made: an organization’s request may be turned down; an organization may be invited to submit a formal grant application; or, in limited circumstances, an organization may be awarded a grant based on the Letter of Intent. All eligible organizations submitting a Letter of Intent will be informed of the Board’s decision by email.

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

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Grant Coverage Areas:

San Diego County

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Diego County

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