K-12 Youth Services Community Grant Program

***The application period for this grant opportunity closed at 5:00pm, Friday, June 3, 2022***

The County of San Diego is seeking to provide community-based businesses and non-profits with grant awards of $50,000 to $250,000 to support, promote and improve opportunities for Kindergarten through 12th Grade (K-12) youth in innovative ways. 

Purpose: 

The County of San Diego is dedicated to support, promote and improve educational options for San Diego County children in partnership with the communities we serve. The County of San Diego’s K-12 Youth Services Community Grant Program (K12-CGP) seeks to engage San Diego County community-based organizations to identify and implement new and innovative methods to support educational equity and acceleration of learning, behavioral health needs, housing and food stability, mentorship, and other needs that allow children to thrive.

Grant funding from $50,000 to $250,000 will be provided to participating organizations for a maximum of twelve (12) months to grow promising community-based solutions that produce positive results in the following focus areas:

  • Educational Equity and Acceleration of Learning, examples include but are not limited to:

        - Enhanced tutoring and after school programming
        - Reducing the digital divide
        - Supporting disconnected youth (youth who should be in school, but are not)
        - Increasing educational access to college for first generation youth 

  • Behavioral Health Needs, examples include but are not limited to:

        - Enhancing on-site services for youth
        - Social and emotional activities for youth, such as yoga, meditation, art, or dance
        - School break support and enrichment
        - Human trafficking mitigation/education/support 

  • Housing, Food Stability, and Poverty, examples include but are not limited to:

        - Laundry services for homeless youth and their families
        - Emergency gift cards and hygiene products 

  • Mentorship, examples include but are not limited to:

        - Summer programming including internships and job opportunities
        - Private sector paid internships
        - Parent or Caregiver liaisons/mentors to help families navigate the school system
        - Mentoring programs or teen drop-in centers

  • Providers and programs that cover more than one of these focus areas/wrap-around services

These focus areas were determined in collaboration with stakeholders and community partners, based on analysis of youth and family needs for supporting, promoting and improving educational options for K-12 youth. The County of San Diego is looking forward to partnering with small organizations embedded in and representative of the communities who may not have had access to grant opportunities previously but are poised to propose innovative and dynamic approaches to addressing the above K12-CGP areas of focus. The County of San Diego is committed to ensuring K12-CGP providers reflect the diverse makeup of the communities we serve.

Funding Requirements: 

Applicants may request $50,000 to $250,000 to be utilized for up to a twelve (12) month period. Organizations must justify the amount of funds requested and ensure the requested funding is reasonable and plausible for the proposed use of funds. Organizations are encouraged to request funding reasonably needed for the proposed use of funds.

Grant funds awarded are one-time funds intended to provide an opportunity to pilot promising new community-based programs/projects, or to expand existing programs with new and innovative methods to promote and improve educational options for K-12 youth in the specified areas of focus. Grants are also intended to improve educational outcomes and reduce inequities and disparities for historically marginalized communities. 

Funds are not intended to supplant or replace existing funding and future funding is based on funding availability and not assured. Although programs showing successful outcomes may be eligible for additional funding, programs that intend to utilize funding as part of a long-term program or project are encouraged to consider a sustainability plan for funding a program beyond the grant period.

Please note that grant agreements will require participating organizations to provide fiscal reporting on use of funds and will also include periodic reporting of program outcomes. 

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Organizations with a Business License or Non-Profit Organizations
  • A minimum of six (6) months operating in San Diego County
  • Possess or be in the process of acquiring all licenses, certifications or permits required for performing the proposed service
  • Possess or obtain the insurance necessary for services proposed; note that the cost to obtain insurance may be included in the requested grant amount

Application Form and Instructions: 

Applications are no longer being accepted.