Coastal Community Foundation has several grant programs. Please see individual program type and deadlines below. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals for programs in other focus areas.

Grants will not be awarded for: endowments or endowment campaigns, debt retirement or to cover past operating deficits, fundraising or special events, religious purposes (faith-based organizations may apply for program support to benefit the community), political advocacy or lobbying, or capital campaigns. Grants are not made to individuals, private foundations or other re-granting organizations. 

PLEASE read the grant guidelines and instructions carefully.


Mental Health Fund

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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). Funding may be for new or established programs.
  • Programs or services must serve youth who reside in San Diego North County with preference given to the coastal communities.
  • Grant range is $2,500 – $6,000. 
  • Preference will be given to organizations with annual budgets less than $5 million.

Grants have been awarded for the 2021 grant cycle.


Hand to Hand

The mission of Hand to Hand is to make an impact on the lives of women and girls in San Diego County by directing resources to programs that empower change and self-sufficiency. Focus areas include:

  • Education and job training for women
  • Mentoring programs for women and/or girls
  • Programs for women re-entering the workforce
  • Health and wellness programs for women and girls

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nonprofit organizations in San Diego County that have been in existence for at least two years are eligible to apply.
  • Programs or services must align with Hand to Hand’s mission and address one or more of the focus areas stated above.
  • Grant range is $3,000 – $10,000. 
  • Preference will be given to organizations with annual budgets less than $3 million.

Grants have been awarded for the 2021 grant cycle.


Encinitas Fund

The mission of the Encinitas Fund is to address local needs and to encourage philanthropy today for the benefit of Encinitas and all of its communities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nonprofits that serve Encinitas communities are eligible to apply. Nonprofits may have offices located outside of Encinitas but the services or programs must be provided in Encinitas communities for its residents.
  • Eligible programs and services must directly serve and meet the needs of Encinitas residents. Programs may be for new activities, current programs, or to expand or improve existing programs.
  • Grant range is $2,000-$5,000.

Grants have been awarded for the 2021 grant cycle.


Solana Beach Fund

The mission of the Solana Beach Fund is to address and fund community needs and to build local philanthropy through ongoing and legacy gifts. Solana Beach Fund founders hold a vision for a Thriving Community that supports strong nonprofits, enhances the quality of life, encourages philanthropy, and champions the well-being of residents, businesses and friends of Solana Beach.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nonprofits that provide programs or services in Solana Beach for its residents may apply. Nonprofit offices may exist outside of Solana Beach.
  • Eligible programs and services must directly serve and meet the needs of Solana Beach residents. Programs may be for new activities, current programs, or to expand or improve existing programs.
  • Grant range is $2,000 – $5,000.

Grants have been awarded for the 2021 grant cycle.


Music Grants

Betty Scalice Foundation

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nonprofit and school-based programs serving San Diego County are eligible to apply. Preference is given to programs serving North County San Diego.
  • Eligible programs include: community concerts; youth musical performances; low cost classroom musical instruments; classroom programs that offer music and performances at schools; low cost equipment that supports the teaching of choral music; and related programs that promote music appreciation.
  • Grants will not be made for chamber music, training musicians, instrumental lessons, school band equipment, uniforms, travel, or online performances.
  • Grant range $1,000 – $5,000.

Grants have been awarded for 2021.


Barbara Schneiderman Memorial Scholarship for Piano Enrichment: Suzuki Music Scholarship

Scholarships are available for San Diego County students to attend the San Diego Suzuki Institute camp for piano. Awards are open to students studying Suzuki music (piano only). Scholarships are not available for private music lessons.

For questions contact the Foundation at scholarships@coastalfoundation.org or call (760) 942-9245.

Education Grants

EdVenturesEdVentures is a grant program of the Coastal Community Foundation that supports hands-on, creative educational experiences for students in North Coastal San Diego County schools with an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Music and Math) curriculum. Historically grants have been made to nonprofits that provide such educational programming to 4th–8th grade students in public schools in the North County Coastal area. Grant programs vary from year to year.

CTE/Education Pathways Grant Program–Coastal Community Foundation makes grants to support Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in North County Coastal middle and high schools. Grant programs vary from year to year.

See quotes from teachers recipients at the right. Click here to see examples of how grants funds were used by teachers: SDUHSD CCF Thank You Presentation

Education grants have been awarded for 2020. For inquiries contact Laura Fleming at laura@coastalfoundation.org or call 760-942-9245.


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.