Coastal Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports the North County coastal communities of San Diego County, including Encinitas, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Del Mar, and Solana Beach. Mental health, women and girls, and music are topics of interest.

FUNDING AREAS: Mental health, women and girls, community benefit, music programs for youth

IP TAKE: There are some very targeted opportunities for nonprofits in Carmel Valley, Cardiff, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside. This certainly isn’t the largest community foundation in the region, but it's a good one to know if you’re working in the mental health field.

PROFILE: The Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) is based in Encinitas, California, with assets managed by a local firm that’s been in business since 1991.

This funder has several competitive grant programs, including the Solana Beach Fund, which provides $2,000 to $5,000 grants to Solana Beach programs. These grants go to new activities, program expansions and improvements, and organizational efficiency improvements. Also accepting applications is CCF's Mental Health Fund, which provides $2,500 to $6,000 grants to groups that provide early intervention and prevention mental health services and mental health counseling for youth. These grants serve the North County coastal communities of Solana Beach, Del Mar, Encinitas, Oceanside, and Carlsbad.

The Betty Scalice Foundation for Music awards $1,000 to $5,000 grants to school-based and nonprofit music programs in North Coastal San Diego County. These awards are made periodically throughout the year. There’s also the Hand to Hand grantmaking program, which is all about women and girls in San Diego County. These grants go towards job training, education, reentering the workforce, mentoring, and microloan programs for women and girls.

Overall, funding areas for CCF include the following: animals, arts and culture, community projects, education, environment, health and wellness, mental health, music, social services, scholarships, and sports and recreation. The funder awarded over $530,000 to local, regional, and national groups in a recent year. Hand to Hand grants have gone to Dreams for Change and Generate Hope, while mental health grants have gone to Solutions for Change and the Community Resource Center. Solana Beach Fund grants have gone to Casa de Amistad and the North Coast Repertory Theater lately. Learn about other recent grants here.

No other grant programs accept unsolicited proposals except for those mentioned above. There are numerous donor-advised funds here and also the Barbara Schneiderman Fund for Piano Enrichment scholarships. The grant guidelines for each program that does accept unsolicited applications are posted on the nonprofits page of the funder’s website. Grants are for one year only, and organizations can apply for a new grant each year.

General questions can be directed to or (760) 942-9245. Questions about grants can be sent to CCF has a small staff with just Sharon Omahen as the executive director and Laura Fleming as the program officer. The funder’s address is 162 South Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite F-50, Encinitas, California 92024. Keep up with this funder's work and interests through its News and Publications page and its Events page.


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