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San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) Grant

Grants to San Diego County, California Nonprofits
for Human Trafficking Related Support Services

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The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) - San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF)

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Deadline Date:

09/10/18 5:00 PM PDT


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Grants starting at $25,000 to San Diego County, California nonprofit organizations for intervention and prevention programs for populations at risk and for victims of human trafficking. Funding is intended to provide rescue and social services, housing, and training for victims as well as for those at risk of human trafficking.

The Foundation will accept Letters of Inquiry from organizations that work across various fields to provide services to those at risk or affected by human trafficking, including but not limited to one or more of the following:

- Education for Prevention
- Rescue Programs
- Therapy and/or Counseling
- Life Skills Training
- Employment Education
- Housing Solutions
- Victim Advocacy
- Healthcare
- Food Access
- Legal Services
- Social Services

Grant Parameter Definitions:

Underserved – For the purposes of this grant cycle, anyone affected by or at risk for human trafficking is underserved.
Human Trafficking – This population includes any individual who is controlled through force, fraud, or coercion to engage in labor, sexual conduct, or other services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181932

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant to be awarded in this grant cycle is $25,000. Programs that do not meet that amount have the option to collaborate with other similar programs and submit one proposal for the collaboration. There is no maximum.

Term of Contract:

Each grant is awarded for a 12-month period. The current grant cycle begins on July 1, 2019, and ends on June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a grant from SDWF, organizations must be located in and provide services in San Diego County. Organizations must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.

Organizations working with a fiscal sponsor (an organization willing to administer the grant if awarded) that meet these criteria are also eligible if a cooperative relationship between the two can be clearly demonstrated. The fiscal sponsor must be willing to administer the grant if awarded.

An organization may submit only one proposal. If more than one proposal is submitted from the same organization, all proposals from that organization will be ineligible for funding. An organization that has received or currently is receiving funding from SDWF is eligible to apply.

SDWF generally does not fund:
- Major building campaigns
- Conferences
- Endowments
- For-profit organizations
- Individuals unaffiliated with a qualified fiscal sonsor
- Organizations outside of the San Diego region
- Projects that promote religious or political doctrine
- Research (medical or otherwise)
- Existing obligations/debt
- Scholarships

Pre-proposal Conference:

All grant seekers are strongly encouraged to attend the Grantseekers’ Forum to discuss the guidelines and process. The forum will be held:

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
3:00pm to 4:30pm
The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106

Please note: Because space is limited, only one representative per organization may attend.

Pre-Application Information:

SDWF expects to award between $175,000 and $200,000 in total in July 2019.

Organizations seeking a grant from SDWF must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The deadline for LOI submission is Monday, September 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Incomplete or late LOIs will not be accepted. Full proposals will be subsequently requested from organizations that successfully meet LOI criteria and are selected by the SDWF Grants Committee.

For questions, applicants may phone the Foundation or contact the Grants Administration Team by means of the web form found on the FAQs page listed below.

LOI Guidelines and Application Preview:


Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Katie Sawyer, Executive Director, San Diego Women’s Foundation

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Diego County