OVERVIEW: The La Jolla Community Foundation mostly supports beautification projects that enhance the environment, arts and culture, and social engagement in La Jolla, California.
IP TAKE: Focus grant proposals on how to make La Jolla more beautiful or that serve the recreation needs of residents who live within the city limits.
PROFILE: The San Diego Foundation created the La Jolla Community Foundation (LJCF) as a regional affiliate to leverage local leadership, promote civic engagement, and increase local philanthropy in La Jolla, California. LJCF aims to “encourage civic engagement and pride through local philanthropy.” This funder is primarily interested in beautification projects that improve infrastructure in La Jolla and make the area more beautiful.
LJCF has a competitive grant cycle and focuses grantmaking on projects that are sustainable and highly visible in the local community. It supports local nonprofits that improve the environment and cultural and social experiences in and around the city. It typically makes grants for program support and not general operating support. The foundation's grantmaking emphasizes the aesthetic character of La Jolla, distinguished from other San Diego Foundation regional affiliates. In the past, the funder has also supported art and science programs for youth.
LJCF grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. Total annual grantmaking has been around $40,000 in recent years. LJCF does not have an online database for past grants, but it does publish news about recent grant awards on its website. Past grantees include the Whale View Point and Wedding Bowl project by La Jolla Parks, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Coast Walk trail maintenance and restoration by Friends of Coast Walk Trail. The funder tends to award approximately five grants per year. Grantmaking is restricted to La Jolla in Southern California.
This foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposals and invites local nonprofits and agencies to apply for grants. Grantseekers with general questions should contact the La Jolla Community Foundation affiliate manager, Estela Mitrani, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 847-7100.
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