Escondido Charitable Foundation Grant

The San Diego Foundation

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Deadline: Jan 24, 2022 5:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $30,000

Fields of work: Human & Social Services Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: San Diego County, California

Location of residency: San Diego County, California

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Escondido Charitable Foundation

The Escondido Community Foundation (ECF) is in its 15th grant cycle of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Escondido. In the current cycle, ECF invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals specifically for programs that improve the social and emotional well-being in the community.

Mission and Purpose

The mission and purpose of ECF, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation (TSDF), is to improve the quality of life in Escondido by meeting emerging needs through:

  • Encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy
  • Building a community endowment
  • Providing funds annually to organizations and causes
  • Giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and cash gifts that will benefit Escondido annually and in perpetuity

The vision of ECF is to inspire a culture of giving that supports, strengthens and enriches the quality of life in the Escondido community now and for generations to come. From improving quality of life to rejuvenating the bonds of our communities, the contributions of ECF members stimulate a sense of common purpose by bringing people together to address essential and emerging needs.

Each year, ECF selects a different focus area. For our 14th grant cycle, ECF invites nonprofits serving Escondido to submit applications for programs that will improve the quality of life in Escondido through environmental education and action. People of all ages and abilities can play an important role as stewards of the environment.

Focus Area

Projects which meet the following criteria will be considered: 

  • Cultivate and train future generations of environmental leaders and stewards
  • Engage the community in habitat conservation, restoration and ecology
  • Develop food justice programs that build knowledge of nutritious, sustainable, culturally appropriate foods to ensure people have access to healthy food. Effect a positive impact on the environment by addressing and fixing the food system 
  • Create collaborative projects and/or activities in outdoor settings focusing on environmental science and stewardship (If student-oriented, must meet Next Generation Science Standards, NGSS)
  • Promote activities that encourage water conservation and education such as xeriscape with native plants, drought awareness, school gardens, etc. 
  • Provide cleanup or improvement of local creeks or natural lands
  • Encourage activities such as recycling, repurposing and reusing that reduce/eliminate the negative impact of trash

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible all applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Grants must be administered by a 501(c)(3) public charity, or an organization that is fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3), a school, or other government agency. 
    • If an organization is using a fiscal sponsor, a cooperative relationship between the two must be clearly demonstrated.
  • Projects must meet the following criteria:
    • Serve Escondido residents within the geographic boundaries of the Greater Escondido area (as defined by the Escondido Union High School District boundaries to include the San Pasqual Valley, up to Deer Springs Road by Lawrence Welk and out toward Del Dios).
    • Support and invest in Escondido’s general population. Be achievable within a 12-month time frame.
    • Have measurable outcomes, which are clearly defined.
    • Outline strategies and approaches for success.
    • Funding may be used to expand existing programs, replicate programs tested in other communities, launch new efforts or reintroduce former programs/or events
    • Project must have prospects for long-term sustainability (future funding, viability, etc.).


  • Projects which meet the following criteria will be preferred:
    • Unite Escondido through programs, activities, or events that increase engagement and a positive sense of community (examples: gatherings centered around service, food, music, health, wellness, and other innovative events).
    • Programs that foster community participation and volunteerism (examples: efforts incorporating a robust volunteer, leadership, and/or mentoring programs; seniors tutoring youth; activities that strengthen neighborhoods).
    • Programs or projects that break down walls or silos that exist within the community, so the people and organizations involved can foster tolerance and deeper empathy for one another, in order to collaborate more efficiently and effectively.
    • Demonstrate and/or collaborate efforts between existing nonprofits and other agencies. The collaboration should be substantiated by agreements between partners (e.g. MOUs, letters of support) if an applicant’s proposal proceeds to a site visit.


  • ECF does not make grants to supporting organizations or private, non-operating foundations.
  • ECF generally does not fund:
    • Capital or annual campaigns
    • Existing obligations/debt
    • Scholarships
    • Projects that promote religious or political doctrine


This page was last reviewed November 29, 2021 and last updated November 29, 2021