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

PLEASE read the grant guidelines and instructions carefully.  Download the application to your computer and rename the file before completing it. The applications cannot be completed online.  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 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.

See grant guidelines at the right of this page. Grants application for 2020 will be available in December.

Grant Deadline:  February 26, 2020


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. Grants will be made that fulfill the mission of Hand to Hand and may 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

Nonprofits in San Diego County are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to organizations with budgets under $3 million. Grants are not made to individuals, for special events, endowments, religious or political advocacy, capital campaigns or research. 

See grant guidelines posted at the upper right of this page for more information. Grants have been awarded for 2019. Application for 2020 will be available Spring 2020.


Encinitas Fund

The Encinitas Fund addresses local needs in Encinitas.  Grants may be requested for new activities, to expand current programs, to make them more effective or to improve organizational efficiency in delivering services.  Nonprofits may have an office outside of Encinitas but all grant funds must serve Encinitas communities.  Grants will not be made to individuals, non-501c3 organizations, for fund raising events, endowment campaigns, research, travel,  or religious or political advocacy.  

See grant guidelines on the right side of the page for details.  Grants have been awarded for 2019. Application for 2020 will be available Spring 2020.


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.  

See grant guidelines to the right of this page for more information. Grants have been awarded for 2019. Application for 2020 will be available Spring 2020.


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. 

Education grants have been awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. For more details contact Laura Fleming at laura@coastalfoundation.org or call 760-942-9245.

Music Grants

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: free community concerts, youth musical performances, low cost classroom musical instruments, classroom programs that use music, choral and musical 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.  All grant funds have been allocated for 2019.  2020 applications will be available in January 2020.

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.  Grants have been awarded for 2019.


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.