Social Equity Collaborative Fund Climate Justice Grants

The San Diego Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Mar 12, 2022

Grant amount: Approximately US $300,000

Fields of work: Racial / Ethnic Justice & Rights Climate Change Resilience

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: San Diego County, California

Location of residency: United States

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The Social Equity Collaborative Fund (SECF) is an initiative of San Diego Grantmakers, a group of funders and individuals working together to contribute to improved economic, social, and physical well-being of San Diego County residents. A list of steering committee members and information about past grant-making is available online here. This climate justice initiative is undertaken in partnership with and thanks to financial support from The San Diego Foundation.

SECF is guided by the following statement of purpose: Social equity is a transformative, dynamic institutional and systemic climate of fairness and justice that ameliorates root causes of disparities.

In this grant cycle, the SECF anticipates making 2-4 grants totaling approximately $300,000, spread out over two years. Grant decisions will be made by March 2020. Funding will be a two-year grant to support authentic collaboration that advances racial and climate justice in San Diego County. Applicants are encouraged to describe the full cost of their effort and request the amount needed to be effective in achieving these goals.

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

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • All proposals must address BOTH racial and climate justice.
  • Funds will be granted as “general support” defined as “funds to support grantee’s mission rather than specific projects or programs.”
    • This funding is intended for grantees to use as they see fit to reach their goals—whether for salaries and overhead, investments in technology, or to fund a marketing campaign or some other identified need.
  • To be eligible, all applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Grants must be administered by a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, or an organization that is fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3), a school, or other government agency.
    • If an organization is using a fiscal sponsor, a cooperative relationship between the two must be clearly demonstrated.


  •  The Foundation does not make grants to supporting organizations or private, non-operating foundations.


This page was last reviewed September 12, 2021 and last updated September 12, 2021