The San Diego Foundation has announced the availability of Environmental Initiative grant funding through its Opening the Outdoors Program. In 2020, the program will prioritize nonprofit programs that provide access to San Diego’s natural resources for the enjoyment of all San Diegans — today and tomorrow.
According to the foundation's Parks for Everyone report, 45 percent of San Diego County’s total land area is green space, yet many low-income communities of color have a disproportionately lower degree of access to parks and open spaces. This lack of access has reduced community engagement in the outdoors, directly impacting both the mental and physical health of San Diegans.
In response, Opening the Outdoors will invest in programs that clearly contribute to system or individual change resulting in opportunities for children and families in the San Diego region to grow, connect, and thrive through positive interactions with the outdoors.
To be considered for a grant, organizations must submit a proposal by April 6. The San Diego Foundation will prioritize applications that propose thoughtful collaborations, strategic partnerships, and measurable goals. Proposals will be reviewed by foundation staff and a review committee comprised of a diverse group of community volunteers with expertise in philanthropy and the environment.
While participation is not required in order to apply, interested nonprofits are encouraged to sign up for an informational webinar hosted by the foundation on March 11 at 1:00 p.m. PST. (Registration required.)
For more information or to apply for one of the available grants, See the San Diego Foundation website.