Coastal Community Foundation has several grant programs.  Please see program type and deadlines below. Applications are currently available for mental health programs, programs and services for benefit of the community of Solana Beach, and music programs. See grant guidelines for details. The Foundation currently does not accept unsolicited grant proposals for programs in other focus areas.  For a list of all grants made in 2017, please view the pdf file on the right of the page under Files.   Grant applications should be emailed to

Mental Health Fund

  • Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide prevention or early intervention mental health services OR mental health counseling for youth (ages 21 and under).
  • Programs or services must serve the North Coastal communities of Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad or Oceanside.
  • Grant range is $2,500 – $6,000.  Preference will be given to organizations with annual budgets less than $5 million.

The deadline is Monday, May 21st, 2018. Grants will be awarded summer 2018. See grant guidelines and applications posted at the upper right of this page.

Solana Beach Fund   

The Solana Beach Fund supports a Thriving Community that builds strong nonprofits, supports neighborhoods and families and ensures vibrant culture.  Grant funds may be requested for new activities, to expand current programs, to make them more effective or to improve organizational efficiency in delivering services.  Programs must be in Solana Beach.  Grants will not be considered for fund raising events, endowment campaigns, travel, religious or political advocacy or for programs and services outside of Solana Beach. Preference will be given to organizations with budgets less than $2 million. The grant range is $2,000 – $5,000.

The grant deadline is Monday, April 16th, 2018.  Grants will be awarded by summer 2018. See grant guidelines and application to the right of this page.

Hand to Hand 

This grant program makes an impact in the lives of women and girls in San Diego County by directing resources to programs that empower change and self-sufficiency.

Hand to Hand fulfills its mission by:

  • funding education and job training for women
  • programs to help women re-enter the work force
  • mentoring programs for girls
  • microloan programs through non-profit organizations.

Funding will address programs which further the mission and/or funding areas  of Hand to Hand. Nonprofits in San Diego County are eligible for funding. Submit the grant application and requested documents . The application form and guidelines can be found in the Files section on the top right of this page.  Grant applications were due on July 14, 2017.

Education Grants

Education Pathways Grant Program–Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers in middle and high schools from San Dieguito Unified School District who teach in one of the Pathways programs are eligible to apply. Grants in the amount of $500-$1,500 are made for creative educational projects that stimulate learning and enhance the Pathways curriculum. See complete grant eligibility and guidelines along with the application to the right of this page. Grant applications were due on September 22, 2017.

EdVentures–EdVentures is a grant program of the Coastal Community Foundation. The Foundation is working in partnership with nonprofit organizations to provide art and science education for students in grades 4th through 8th only. Public schools in the Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside and San Dieguito school districts are eligible to apply. An individual teacher or grade level team can apply for one of the participating programs. See complete grant guidelines and application to the right of this page. Grant applications were due on September 29, 2017.

Betty Scalice Foundation-  Grants are available for nonprofit and school-based music programs serving North Coastal San Diego County.  The grant range is $1,000-5,000.  Eligible programs include: community concerts, youth musical performances, low cost classroom musical instruments, classroom programs that use music, performances at schools; equipment that supports the teaching of choral music, music therapy and related programs. Only one application per organization will be reviewed annually.  Awards will be made periodically throughout the year.   On the grant application make sure that you indicate when the program will be implemented. Grant applications are accepted January through November. 

Other Grants

Donor Advised Funds

Individuals and families that have established a Donor Advised Fund at the Foundation determine the focus of grants from their funds.  Grant distributions are made to a wide variety of charitable programs from donor advised funds.

All new grant programs will be announced on the website and through the media.

Suzuki Music Scholarship

Scholarships are available from the Barbara Schneiderman Fund for Piano Enrichment for San Diego County students to attend a Suzuki camp or convention or other music camp or training for piano.  Awards are open to students studying Suzuki music (piano only).  Scholarships are not available for private music lessons.  Please contact the Foundation at or call (760) 942-9245 for more information or an application.