Since 1967, the Jewish Community Foundation San Diego (JCF) has facilitated grants of over $1.8 billion into the community.

Two-thirds of these funds have been granted to organizations in San Diego, with the remaining primarily granted to organizations in the United States and Israel.

JCF’s Competitive Application Platform (CAP) customizes and organizes competitive grantmaking programs for our donors and partnering organizations working to make tangible and long-lasting positive impacts in the San Diego region and beyond.

Current grant opportunities are listed below. If no opportunities are listed, then none are available at this time.

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Jessica Ludwig

Jessica Ludwig,
Grants Officer


The San Marcos Community Foundation

The San Marcos Community Foundation (SMCF) serves to enrich the quality of life for the community of San Marcos and has been doing so since 1988. The Foundation continually strives to seek opportunities to strengthen our community, and the non-profit organizations serving it. The SMCF is a nonprofit public benefit corporation providing financial assistance for the purpose of benefiting the City or its residents. The Foundation was established by the San Marcos City Council on October 27, 1987, creating an Endowment Fund originating from a one-million-dollar contribution by the builders of the North County Energy and Resource Recovery Center. The Foundation provides grants to a wide variety of nonprofit groups serving San Marcos residents.

  • 2024 Grant Due Dates
  • Previous grants have been awarded to a diverse group of nonprofit organizations serving different purposes, such as: arts and culture, children and youth, civic life, education, health and well-being, seniors, and wildlife.

San Marcos Community Foundation Grant Application
Application Open

San Marcos Community Foundation

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current 501(c)3 organizations located in and/or serving residents of San Marcos may apply for funding by filling out the application at the link below.
  • The SMCF Board meets four times a year to review and award grants: February, May, August, and November.

The Chortek Weisman Family Foundation

Grantmaking to support the impactful programs of community nonprofits working to repair the world.

The Chortek Weisman Family Foundation works to support communities in San Diego County, Santa Clara County, and across the U.S., through its competitive granting program. Grant opportunities will focus on a suite of impact areas important to the Chortek Weisman Families, such as homelessness, mental health, youth programs, and supporting Jewish communities.

The Foundation was originally formed, and remains inspired by, the history of philanthropy embodied by Peter and Elaine Chortek, of blessed memories. Both Peter and Elaine believed strongly in repairing the world by doing good things for their community and spearheaded causes throughout their lives. With the passing of Peter in 2011 and Elaine in 2022, their generous legacies live on in the work of the Chortek Weisman Family Foundation, now managed by their children, Susan Chortek Weisman and Robert Chortek, and close family friends.

  • Grant opportunities will focus on a suite of impact areas important to the Chortek Weisman Family, such as homelessness, mental health, youth programs, Jewish communities, and more.
  • Awards are expected to range from $10,000 – $60,000.

Application Closed

Peter and Elaine Chortek

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a current 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
  • Located in and serving either San Diego County or Santa Clara County.
  • Requests must be for program-specific costs only; general operating costs will not be considered at this time.
  • Program or project must occur within a 12-month period, unless otherwise specified by the grant’s guidelines.

The Cushman Foundation

It is the philosophy of the Cushman Foundation to have a sense of social responsibility and to honor the communities in which they have conducted business. The Foundation is giving back to the city that has supported their family for generations, by supporting a diversified array of community and humanitarian endeavors with a goal of bringing about constructive change and promoting human welfare.

Funding Areas:

  • Areas of support may include aid to seniors, arts and culture, children, education, food insecurity, health and well-being, human services, and military and veterans.
  • Areas generally not supported include animal welfare, athletic events, capital campaigns, endowments, fundraising events, galas, general operating costs, individual endeavors, non-educational arts, political activities, or religious institutions.

Application Closed

Cushman Foundation

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current 501(c)3 organizations located in and serving San Diego County may apply for program funding by filling out the application at the link below.
  • The Cushman Foundation Board reviews and awards grants on a quarterly basis throughout the year, following each board meeting.

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