How To Apply For A Grant

If you provide programs, projects, or services to at-risk youth in San Diego County, we can help.

About The Grant Application Process

The Mission of the Boys and Girls Foundation is to identify, support or create programs, which provide preventative services or direct care to abused, neglected and at-risk youth in San Diego County.

At-Risk: Youth who are exposed to factors that may increase their tendency to engage in problem or delinquent behaviors.

** We will not fund organizations who have applied within the last 12 months. All grant recipients must submit a 6 month and a 1 year progress report before they will be considered for an additional grant. **

Funding Guidelines

Download and read the Funding Guidelines PDF located below.

Letter Of Interest

Download, complete and submit the Fillable LOI PDF form located here. 

Submitting LOI Deadlines:

November 1, 12pm

February 1, 12pm

May 1, 12pm

August 1, 12pm

Grant Application (If LOI Is Approved)

Download, complete and submit the Fillable Grant Application PDF Form located here.

Grant Application Preferences

We prefer to:

  • Make direct contributions to non-profit organizations who provide programs, projects or services to at-risk youth in San Diego County.
  • Make single year grants rather than multi-year commitments.
  • Provide funding for local start up organizations rather than nationally funded organizations
  • Provide support to programs that include partnership with families or guardians
  • Exclusions:

We do not fund requests that benefit:

  • Organizations that discriminate according to race, gender or religion.
  • For profit organizations
  • Adult programs
  • Organizations who have received funding in the prior year
  • Camp programs (we provide camp scholarships through our Boys and Girls Go to Camp Program voucher program)

Grant Application Restrictions

We generally do not provide funding for:

  • Salaries
  • Employee benefits
  • General operating expenses
  • Field trips
  • Capital improvement or building funds
  • Programs outside San Diego County
  • Repeat requests in the same fiscal year
  • Organizations who have received funding in the last 12 months

For Questions, Please Contact:

Meredith Watwood at (619) 683-2192 or email

Filling The Void

As school districts are facing massive cuts in school programs, teachers and students are taking the hit.  In California, nearly half the districts axed or whittled away at art, drama and music programs. 

A survey, which was done with over 1,800 high school students, stated percent said budget cuts affected their ability to get the classes they need to graduate, cuts to just programs and teachers — leading to fewer opportunities and larger class sizes — have shown to affect students' college readiness. 

Find out more

Grant Application Downloads

Grant Funding Guidelines (pdf)


Fillable Letter of Interest (pdf)


Fillable Grant Application (pdf)