Coastal Community Foundation has several grant programs.  Please see program type and deadlines below. Applications are currently available for mental health programs and for programs and services that benefit the community of Solana Beach. Other applications will be available soon. See grant guidelines for details. The Foundation currently 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

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 and the application to the right of this page for more information and the application deadline. Application Deadline: April 17th, 2019.

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 and applications posted at the upper right of this page for more information and the application deadline.  Application Deadline: May 22nd, 2019

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 . Grant applications must be received electronically by the deadline. The new grant application will be available spring 2019. Check back for application and details. Application Deadline: July 17th, 2019

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. Nonprofits that provide such educational programming to 4th–8th grade students in public schools in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside are encouraged to apply. See complete grant guidelines and application to the right of this page.  All funding has been granted for 2018-19 school year.

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.


Other 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. Grant applications are accepted January through September.

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.  The guidelines and application are available to the right of this page under Schneiderman Scholarship. For questions contact the Foundation at 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.