Coastal Community Foundation grant programs featured in Inside Philanthropy

In Southern California, we often focus our coverage on Los Angeles because this is where so much local philanthropy takes place. But there are also some important things going on in other parts of the region, especially among community foundations that operate here.

For example, the Encinitas-based Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) is very involved in the local mental health and education scenes, and it awarded over $600,000 to groups last year. Here are a few things nonprofits along the Southern California coast should know about this grantmaker.

San Diego North Coastal Communities in Focus

Rather than focusing specifically on just one city, CCF is a regional funder that addresses the needs of several north coastal communities in San Diego County. The city of San Diego itself is not a target area because after all, it has its own community foundation. Instead, CCF mostly supports nonprofits in Encinitas, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Del Mar, and Solana Beach.

Mental Health Grants

Mental health is one of the top priorities of CCF, which is something that distinguishes it from other funders in the region. CCF awards grants to groups with programs for early intervention and mental health counseling for youth. These groups must serve the people of Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, or Oceanside, and grants tend to be between $2,500 and $6,000 each.

Education Grants

Another top cause for CCF is education, especially hands-on and creative projects that have a STEAM focus. The target demographic for education grants is 4th through 8th grade students in public schools. Schools must be located in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, or Oceanside to apply for these grants. CCF makes additional grants to career and technical education programs in both middle schools and high schools in the region.

Grants Specific to Solana Beach

The city of Solana Beach has its own specific fund at CCF to support everything here from neighborhoods to culture and families The Solana Beach Fund awards grants of $2,000 to $5,000 and focuses its efforts on organizations with budgets of less than $2 million.

Other Funding Opportunities

In addition to these main CCF opportunities, local nonprofits can also get involved with this grantmaker through the Betty Scalice Foundation that CCF manages. The Betty Scalice Foundation is interested in music programs in the region, such as free community concerts, school musical performances, and music therapy. This foundation awards grants of $1,000 to $5,000 periodically throughout the year. Another music-related opportunity to know about is the Barbara Schneiderman Memorial Scholarship for Piano Enrichment, a scholarship that is open to students studying at the Suzuki Institute camp for piano. Meanwhile, Hand to Hand grants address the needs of local women and girls, such as workforce reentry programs, job training, and mentoring.

Overall CCF grants are for one-year periods, and many grants come from donor-advised funds that are not open to unsolicited requests. Check out IP’s full profile of the Coastal Community Foundation to learn more about this locally focused funder.

Scholarship Fund Spotlight

The Joe De Camp Memorial STEM Scholarship’s mission is to provide opportunities for North Coastal San Diego students who have declared an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and represent the ideals of Scouting – Duty to God, Country, Others, and Self.

Joe graduated from University of Maryland (BSEE), Johns Hopkins University (MSEE), and Northwestern-Kellog (MBA) and spent a combined 24 years in engineering product development at Motorola and Qualcomm.   He shared his passion for STEM with the local Cub Scout Pack for five years as a Den Leader, encouraging the Cub Scouts in his Den to earn the rare STEM NOVA Award. Joe also served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for years with the local BSA Troop, where he loved sharing his excitement for Science, Engineering, Design, and Astronomy.

In establishing this scholarship, Joe’s family and friends wish to encourage students committed to STEM careers and recognize their community service performed through Scouting.

Donor Advised Fund Spotlights

Claire Tipler Fund for Art and Nature

This memorial fund was established by family and friends to remember Claire Tipler.  Gifts in memory of Claire will honor  her love of natural places and her creative and artistic talents and contributions.

Claire Tipler died suddenly at the age of 21 in December 2018. She was an artist, a lover of all things beautiful and natural and an incredibly gifted kind and giving soul. Her Art was boundless as she explored photography, book binding, painting, T-shirt making and use of natural materials. She loved the redwood forests of Santa Cruz where she was  studying fine art. She was especially enamored with her soulmate, Dobby the dog who Was Claire’s constant companion on all her incredible adventures. This fund has been set up to honor Claire’s unique artistic vision, her love of the outdoors and her kind and giving soul.

Junior Cares (Mark Girard Jr. Memorial Fund)

In 2014, at age 27, Mark Jr.’s life was tragically ended as a victim of a violent crime.  As our family struggles with the loss of Jr., we felt the need to continue his work as a conservationist.  He grew up in Carlsbad / Encinitas and was passionate about the outdoors in his personal and professional life.  mark Jr. would donate money and volunteer with nonprofits that promoted conservation, preservation, restoration and education.  Through Jr. Cares Tyler, Elijah and Kathryn (his closets friends) will help the Girard family select charities that honor his outdoor stewardship and continue his focus for donations.

The Eric and Suellen Lodge Charitable Fund

We decided to establish a Donor Advised Fund with Coastal Community Foundation because of its excellent reputation in the North Coastal area, where we have lived for many years.  In particular, we have appreciated the support CCF has given to local educational and environmental causes.  A Donor Advised Fund is a great vehicle for making charitable contributions and entrusting it’s management to a worthwhile local organization amplifies the benefit and satisfaction of giving.

Orphan Family Fund

We started the Orphan Family Donor Advised Fund as a convenient means of supporting charities such as those addressing needs in education, the environment and science.  We especially appreciate the vetting of charities by Coastal Community Foundation which helps ensure the funds are used effectively.