Grant Guidelines

The foundation is currently considering grants in four major areas:

  • Child abuse prevention — Support for child abuse prevention programs and to provide necessary services for victims of child abuse and their families.
  • K-12 science education — to foster increased study of science and to promote further scientific study and careers by qualified students.
  • HIV/AIDS research — to assist in research to determine the pathogenesis of HIV and AIDS (and related diseases) and develop effective therapies. Note: The foundation is a member of the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative. Applicants from HIV direct service organizations should contact the collaborative directly at:

    San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative
    c/o San Diego Human Dignity Foundation
    Attn: John L. Brown, Executive Director
    PO Box 33245
    San Diego, CA 92163-3245

    Telehone: (619) 291-3383
    E-mail: jbrown@sdhdf.org
    Online: www.mylgbtfoundation.org

  • Assistance to homeless people — to help with basic needs and support to improve opportunity for independence, health and self-esteem. Programs supported have included youth and adult education.Note: The Foundation is part of the network of funders supporting the Funders Together to End Homelessness – San Diego pool of funds, housed at United Way. As a result, the Foundation will not be providing grants for homelessness related services and housing in 2016. Applicants seeking funding for homelessness services and housing should direct inquiries to:

    Funders Together to End Homelessness – San Diego
    Megan Thomas
    San Diego Grantmakers
    5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 350
    San Diego, CA 92122

    Telephone: 858-875-3332
    E-mail: Megan@sdgrantmakers.org


Proposals will be considered in the above general areas or for special project areas established by the Board. Proposals will only be accepted for programs within San Diego County.

Evaluation will be on the basis of the procedure outlined herein (Application Procedure). Multiple year proposals may be considered but it is not the foundation’s intention to provide annual support. It is not normally the foundation’s desire to be the sole source of funds for a project.

Most grants are expected to be small ($5000-$15,000) reflecting the foundation’s limited budget although there are no fixed minimum or maximum amounts.