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Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation Grant

Grants to San Diego County, California Nonprofits
for Arts, Education, and Community Development

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Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation

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Grants to San Diego County, California nonprofit organizations for programs focusing on arts, music, K-12 education, and economic development. Inquiries are invited from organizations that operate K-12 education programs, as well as programs that foster community development, job creation, and the alleviation of afflictions resulting from age, illness, and economic conditions.

The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation was founded on August 6, 1991 and fueled by the substantial assets received from the Thomas C. Ackerman estate. The Board of Directors was assembled, fully constituted, and put into place, while the guidelines and objectives for grant making were adopted. The purpose for the Foundation, as set forth in its bylaws, is broad based in focus and with a clear mandate that consideration is given to qualified organizations within the San Diego community which Mr. Ackerman expressed an interest in during his lifetime and illustrious career.

Therefore, the Foundation has a keen interest and focus on K-12 education, arts, and music while fostering the continuing economic development of San Diego. There is a practical recognition that local San Diego based nonprofit groups have a small universe to choose from in obtaining funding within the local community and the Foundation seeks to be a local solution to that challenge.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176597

Term of Contract:

The Foundation has developed a general policy to provide funds or incentive grants for projects which eventually become self-sustaining or for which other sources of funds may later be obtained. The Board does not provide continuous support for any project to the extent that the project becomes dependent on the Foundation for its existence. However, the Board may choose in some cases to make multi-year commitments where this need has been determined and is compelling.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The specific guidelines regarding eligibility are as follows:

1. The organization supports or operates a formal classroom K-12 education program, of which the primary purpose, curriculum, or object emphasizes the teaching of mathematics or the sciences and/or the appreciation of or development of skills related to art and/or the performing arts and music.


The organization operates a formal program or series of programs that promote community development and job creation as well as the alleviation of afflictions resulting from illness, age, and economic condition.

2. The organization has been established and operated within San Diego County for more than one year and has not been funded by the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation within the last 24 months.

Applicants should provide verification that the charitable organization requesting the grant is at present a charitable organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and California & Revenue Taxation Code Section 2370d; copies of the determination letters from the Internal Revenue and Franchise Tax Board must accompany the initial request. The grant request must specify whether the requesting organization is a “public charity” (IRC §509(a)(1, 2 or 3) or a “private foundation.”

In general terms, the Foundation does not support conferences or symposiums. The grants are also broadly nonsectarian in nature; while occasional support is extended to a religious organization, it is not intended for promoting a particular religion or belief. There will be no consideration for grants relating to human medical or biomedical research.

Pre-Application Information:

To be considered for a grant from the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation, an organization must initially submit a Letter of Intent online.

Once submitted, the Letter of Intent will be reviewed and considered by the Board of Directors at its next regularly scheduled board meeting. This review process normally takes between 6 and 12 weeks. Generally, one of three decisions is made: an organization’s request may be turned down; an organization may be invited to submit a formal grant application; or, in limited circumstances, an organization may be awarded a grant based on the Letter of Intent.

The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation considers grant applications in written form only. If the Board desires further information following initial review of the request, the applicant will be contacted by a Foundation representative. Board decisions are communicated in writing, usually within 30 days of the date the Board considers the request. The Board meets three or four times a year. Generally, a grant request received within 30 days of a Board meeting will be deferred for action until the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

The 2018 Board of Directors meetings will be held in February, September and December.

-Deadline 3: September 5
-Deadline 4: November 28

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Diego County