TSDF: Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation Grants

The San Diego Foundation

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Grant amount: US $1,500 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: May 14, 2019 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: San Diego County, California

Location of residency: San Diego County, California

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Mission, Vision, and Purpose

The purpose and vision of The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) is to improve the quality of life and meet emerging needs by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy, building a community endowment for the benefit of Rancho Bernardo, providing funds annually to community organizations and causes and giving the Rancho Bernardo community a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit Rancho Bernardo now and forever.

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, a proud affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, is committed to the financial support of organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo.

RBCF is in its 30th year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo. In the current cycle, RBCF will accept proposals that address the health and/or well-being of individuals and/or families in the Rancho Bernardo community.

Focus Area

For this 2018 grant cycle, RBCF will be accepting proposals for programs that clearly address the health and/or well-being of individuals, families in the Rancho Bernardo community.

Examples include: programs that address mental, physical and/or nutritional health of the general population or targeted groups such as children, seniors, low-income individuals and the homeless. Special consideration will be given to the special needs population.

  • In this focus area, The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation will accept proposals in the range of $1,500 to $10,000.

Separately, RBCF will award up to $10,000 in increments of funding levels between $1,500 and $5,000 from the RB Symphony on the Green Fund to support music and musical programs and projects in the Rancho Bernardo area.

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


  • These projects should be practical and achievable within a 12-month time frame, and have prospects for longterm sustainability.
  • Funding may be used to expand existing programs, replicate programs tested in other communities or to launch totally new efforts.
  • RBCF will fund programs managed by nonprofit public charities, schools or government agencies that embrace one or more of the following:
    • Demonstrates and/or fosters collaboration with other successful entities in the community to achieve a common goal or objective;
    • Matches funds, resources-in-kind, facilities or other means that multiply the effect of the grant;
    • Is a current project which has strategic impact; i.e., provides long-lasting, ongoing benefit to the community or the distinct population it is intended to serve;
    • Is based on a proven track record of success as demonstrated through process, leaders, and/or experienced partners;
    • Targets clearly defined, measurable results that are attainable within a reasonable time frame;
    • Demonstrates sustainability; i.e., is replicable, repeatable and/or scalable;
    • Focuses on problem areas, opportunities or populations that otherwise are not funded and serviced by existing nonprofits, educational organization mandates or state or federal programs.


  • Preference will be given to projects that clearly address Rancho Bernardo-specific issues and needs; including activities that promote creativity and enhance civic engagement.


  • The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation at The San Diego Foundation does not make grants to supporting organizations or private, non-operating foundations.
  • Generally, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation does not make grants for:
    • Annual campaigns and fundraising events
    • Capital campaigns for buildings of facilities
    • Stipends for attendance at conferences
    • Endowments or “chairs”
    • For-profit organizations and individuals unaffiliated with a qualified fiscal sponsor 
    • Projects that promote religious or political doctrine 
    • Research (medical or otherwise)
    • Scholarships
    • Existing obligations/debt