Our Grant Process
We support organizations focused on nurturing, inspiring and empowering individuals of diverse backgrounds to build sustainable communities of local and global dedicated citizens.
Who We Fund
The foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations that align with our mission and qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Our foundation meets twice annually in April and October with grants being issued after the April board meeting.
March 1st Deadline for Proposals:
- A proposal should include the organizations mission, grant request amount, specific use of funds, full operating budget, and must be submitted via email or postal mail.
- Grant recipients are expected to submit a detailed report of implementation of the previous year’s grant and full operating budget to be reviewed at the April board meeting.
September 15th Deadline for Progress Report:
- Grant recipients are expected to submit a brief progress report on use of the funds for the October board meeting.
Serenity Grace Foundation staff and Board Chair will review and present all eligible grant proposals to the Board of Directors for voting at the April Board Meeting.
Grant Amounts and Types:
Grants typically range between $2,500-$7,500. We generally don’t make multi-year grants, although we may fund the same organization on a year-by-year basis over a period of years.
Explore some of our past recipients below, and learn more about how each organization makes a positive, tangible impact on our communities. We’re proud to help these organizations reach their goals.
The Sean O’Shea Foundation
The Sean O’Shea Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to empower youth with a Yoga curriculum focusing on providing memorable programs aimed at enriching young lives.
Social Fabric Initiative (USD)
Social Fabric Initiative (SFI) builds more connected communities by mobilizing youth to engineer creative solutions to real-world issues.
SFI takes a multi-dimensional and inter-generational approach to peacebuilding and changemaking in San Diego and Tijuana through the creation of Threads: small and diverse teams of local high school Youth Peace Leaders (YPLs), a university-level Intern, and a professional, field-based Mentor. Together, the members of the Thread utilize the summer to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate a community change project.
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center connects and motivates students and families from diverse backgrounds through organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education, empowering them to be healthy and active citizens.
The AjA Project
The AjA Project delivers Art + Social Justice curriculum to youth participants through the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) division.
The Sanctuaries started as a community of artists committed to healing social divides and advancing social change — and its legacy continues through the work that they continue to do in the world today.
transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project
transcenDANCE is a nationally-recognized creative youth development organization that works with teens in underserved San Diego communities.