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Social Equity Collaborative Fund (SECF) - Climate Justice

Grants to California Nonprofit Organizations to
Address Racial Justice in Eligible Regions

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Foundation / Corporation

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The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) and San Diego Grantmakers

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations to address racial justice and social equity in eligible regions. Grant funds are intended to further the mission of the grantee organization and may be used for overhead and salaries, marketing campaigns, investments in technology, or other identified needs. The purpose of funding is to improve the social, physical, and economic well-being of residents. This grant program supports authentic collaboration that advances racial and climate justice in San Diego County.

The application design, grant decisions, and relationships with grantees are guided by a desire to advance the following key values:

  • Racial and climate justice
  • Resident leadership through community power-building
  • Collaboration, trust-building, shared learning, and cross-cultural healing 
  • Honesty, openness, and trust among partners
  • A productive learning process may include failure and experimentation
  • Authentic connection with accountability back to the community
  • A commitment to structural and systemic change

For more information, see the application page in Contact Information below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187661

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Number of Grants:

In this grant cycle, the SECF anticipates making 2-4 grants.

Term of Contract:

The SECF anticipates making grants totaling spread out over two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any 501(c)(3) organization located in or providing services to San Diego County is eligible to apply for a grant through The San Diego Foundation.

The Foundation awards grants to organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations working with a fiscal sponsor (an organization willing to administer the grant if awarded) that meet these criteria are also eligible. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Four workshops will be held to review the application and answer any questions about the purpose of the funds and your eligibility.
- December 17 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | The San Diego Foundation, 2508 Historic Decatur Rd #200, San Diego, CA 92106 -- Hoffman Room
- December 23 Webinar | 10:00AM-11:00AM
- January 2 | 4:00PM-5:00PM | The San Diego Foundation Escondido Conference Room, Escondido Charitable Foundation, 900 Canterbury Place, Suite 300, Escondido, CA 92025
- January 7 | 5:30PM-6:30PM | Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market St, San Diego, CA 92114 - Multipurpose Room

To register, sign up at or contact Melissa Padilla.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is January 16, 2020. Grant decisions will be made by March 2020.


Contact Information:

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

Apply at:

If you have any questions, contact Megan Thomas at or 858-875-3332.

Register for a workshop by contacting Melissa Padilla at or 858-247-2022.

To contact the Grants Administration Team, use the form on the URL for Full Text below, or call (619) 235-2300 to speak to a team member right away.

Staff from The San Diego Foundation will be available during “Office Hours” from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on December 18th, and January 3rd & 8th to answer questions by phone or in-person. Please email Everett Au at to register for office hours.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Diego County