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Early Childhood Initiative Resilience Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs in Eligible Areas
for Educational and Developmental Programs for Young Children

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The San Diego Foundation (TSDF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

07/17/20 5:00 PM PST


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and IHEs in eligible locations to increase access to early childcare and development services. Funding is intended for programs that help to strengthen families; reduce inequality and break the cycle of poverty; build the regional workforce; and support economic growth. Eligible organizations are located in and serve the residents of San Diego County.

Projects will benefit children ages 0-5 in the areas of educational and cognitive development, physical and mental health, abuse prevention, early intervention and care, children experiencing trauma or homelessness/housing insecurity, or similar field of care.

Projects must expand care for low-to-moderate-income communities and/or populations experiencing health disparities or negative social determinants of health. The following strategies support the goal of Early Childhood Initiative Resilience grant. These strategies may include access to critical resources and must also identify plans to connect children and families to early childhood care, family strengthening efforts, and related services.

  • Mental/Behavioral Health and Early Intervention: Strengthen and expand access to mental and behavioral health services for children ages 0-5 and their families as part of an effort to increase intervention and developmental support for children.
  • Abuse Prevention: Strengthen and expand access to preventative and interventive services for children ages 0-5 and their families, including family strengthening efforts and systems-level impact initiatives that expand abuse prevention and related services.
  • Strengthen Small Providers Through Access to Capital: Administer innovative impact investing/microlending models that support small early childcare providers, with a focus on those that serve low-moderate income families, provide affordable care, and those that have adopted or will adopt high quality instructional standards and practices.
  • Service and Facility Expansions: Expand facilities to increase the number of spaces available for children 0-5, or make services available to more families through innovative developments that enable expanded access to care (based on COVID-19 requirements).
  • Instructional Quality Improvements and Staff Support: Support professional training, curriculum development, materials, supplies and counseling to improve instructional practices and support early childhood staff. Projects should illustrate a broad impact on instructional quality and staff support/retention, with potential to impact a group or network of early childhood professionals.
  • Systems-level change initiatives: Develop strategic cross-sector initiatives to inform public policy and advance efforts to remove systemic barriers to early care and related services. Strengthen opportunities for the San Diego region to receive increased public funding in support of access to early care for low-moderate income families.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190437

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- For applications that identify multiple Funded Partners, the maximum award total is $200,000 between all funded partners, with the lead organization receiving no more than $150,000.
- For applications that identify a lead organization and unfunded Supporting Partners, the application maximum is $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within an 18-month timeline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Each proposal must be led by a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) public charity status, operating in and serving San Diego County.
- A 501(c)(3) public charity may serve as a fiscal sponsor for another applicant to administer the grant and provide regular financial reporting to The Foundation.
- Organizations may be part of more than one proposal but may only serve as lead applicant for one proposal.

Nonprofit service providers, public agencies, and academic or research institutions are encouraged to apply. Strategic partnerships that align public sector investment with philanthropy or expand organizational and service capacity are encouraged but not required.

Applicants interested in applying as part of a partnership should communicate how participating organizations will achieve stated goals by establishing a division of labor, a clear accountability framework, and a shared budget related to specified and/or joint responsibilities.

Given the Foundation's focus on long-lasting solutions and building the capacity of this sector, projects must demonstrate having other significant resources or plans in place to ensure program longevity.

The Foundation will not fund endowments, existing obligations/debt, scholarships, or projects that promote religious or political doctrines.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Due to high volume, the Foundation will be able to answer questions about the application during office hours on:
- June 17, 2020 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
- July 9, 2020 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Please note that questions will only be answered during office hours.

Call in: +1-858-433-6211
PIN: 764687

Pre-Application Information:

- June 9, 2020: Application period opens
- July 17, 2020, 5:00 PM PST: Final applications are due
- October 2020 (tentative): Applicants are notified of award

Contact Information:

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

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Direct questions to the Grants Administrator at

San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 235-2300

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Diego County

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