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 Solana Beach, and creative projects for K-12 classrooms in selected districts. The Foundation currently does not accept unsolicited grant proposals for programs in other focus areas.  For a list of all grants made in 2016, please view the pdf file on the right of the page under Files.   Grant applications should be emailed to grants@coastalfoundation.org.

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 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 grants for 2017 will be awarded in the summer.

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 was April 14, 2017.  Grants will be awarded by summer 2017.

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 are due on July 14, 2017.

Education Grants

Education PLUS!

Teachers in the Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, San Dieguito, Carlsbad and Oceanside School Districts are eligible to apply for this program.  Funding is provide for creative educational projects in K-12 that stimulate learning.  The grant range is $500-$1,000.  Please review the grant guidelines.  Grant applications are accepted from August 1 – February 15.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received and grants will be made periodically through the school year.   Teachers may only submit one application per school year.

Encinitas Garden Festival Fund – Grants are provided for school gardens in the Encinitas, Cardiff and San Dieguito school districts which serve the residents of Encinitas or community garden projects for the community of Encinitas.   Grant range $400-900.    Grant applications for 2017 will be available in the summer.

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.   Grant applications are accepted January through November.  Awards will be made periodically throughout the year.   On the grant application make sure that you indicate when the program will be implemented.

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 info@coastalfoundation.org or call (760) 942-9245 for more information or an application.