The Great Outdoors

The San Diego Foundation is inviting proposals from nonprofit organizations working to protect and connect outdoor spaces and improve outdoor access, especially for San Diegans in underserved and park-poor communities. Partnerships of two or more nonprofits may apply for $25,000 to $50,000 grants for projects or programs that contribute to two or more of the following goals: increase access/connectivity to trails, parks, and natural amenities in neighborhoods where resources are deficient; connect and protect nature through conservation, restoration, or acquisition of key lands; encourage children from park-poor communities to safely engage with the natural environment through physical or educational activities; and build community support for relevant public policies or funding.

The foundation’s Parks for Everyone report found that while more than 45% of San Diego County’s total land area is green space, many low-income, ethnically diverse communities have limited access to parks and open spaces. Subsequently, in 2013 the foundation launched its Opening the Outdoors program in order to further protect nature, build trails, and increase access to outdoor spaces. There will be office hours available by appointment on Feb. 14 for anyone interested in the grant opportunity. Contact Bridget Altman at to sign up.

For more than 40 years, the San Diego Foundation and its donors have granted over $1 billion, mobilizing resources to enhance quality of life, increase social impact, and champion civic engagement through effective, responsible, and innovative philanthropy. The organization is committed to causes such as arts and culture, civil society, education, environment, health and human services, and youth development to build equity and opportunity for all San Diego citizens. Learn more at