The Patriots Connection Grants

The Patriots Connection has invested more than $1 million since 2009 in San Diego nonprofit programs addressing the needs of the military community.



The Patriots Connection Grants

The Patriots Connection has invested more than $1 million since 2009 in San Diego nonprofit programs addressing the needs of the military community.



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Through its grantmaking, The Patriots Connection (TPC) seeks to expand the capacity of San Diego area nonprofit programs that serve active duty military and veterans. Those organizations that have qualified for the San Diego Directory are eligible to apply for funding from The Patriots Connection.


To be eligible for a grant from TPC, organizations:

  • must be listed in The Patriots Connection San Diego Directory.
  • must be located in and providing services in San Diego County.
  • must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.
  • may serve as a fiscal sponsor for a charitable organization that does not have tax-exempt status if a cooperative relationship between the two can be clearly demonstrated. The fiscal sponsor must be willing to administer the grant if awarded.
  • may submit only one proposal — if more than one proposal is submitted from the same organization, all proposals from that organization will be ineligible for funding.
  • must be current with their final grant report if previously funded.

How to Apply

The 2016 Spring grant cycle is closed. All eligible organizations will receive email notification of the next grant cycle.

The Patriots Connection generally does not fund:

  • Major building campaigns
  • Conferences
  • Endowments
  • For-profit organizations
  • Individuals
  • Organizations/projects outside of the San Diego region
  • Projects that promote religious or political doctrine
  • Research (medical or otherwise)
  • Existing obligations/debt



The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, through its military focus area, awarded grants totaling $112,229 to ten nonprofit programs serving the military in San Diego County in 2016.

211 San Diego – $15,000 | 2‐1‐1 is investing in technology to allow for data sharing across providers to ensure military and veteran clients are accounted for every step of the way. Several major service providers, including zero8hundred will participate in a shared technology to exchange client‐level information, referrals and outcomes. This is an opportunity to create a true collective impact model that follows an individual’s journey and tracks the services they are utilizing to create a better experience for military and veterans.

Camp Pendleton ASYMCA – $15,000 | The Fisher Children’s Center provides hourly drop-in childcare for military families who need short-term childcare for many reasons and do not have any other option. The Center offers quality drop-in child-care for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, during the hours of 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Easter Seals of Southern California – $15,000 | WorkFirst Military & Veterans Services provides transitioning veterans in San Diego County with 1:1 customized employment support, connections to 300+ local employers, small business development & post-employment follow-up. Job Specialists, who are veterans, meet participants wherever they elect – at home, military base, college campus, hospital or in the community.

KPBS – $12,029 | To support military reporting, specifically to allow reporters to conduct research and interviews, for two long and five short multimedia stories.  Short stories focus on daily news events and characters, and long stories delve deeper into content for a detailed portrait of the issue. Stories will air on the radio, appear on the website and on television during the Evening Edition.

Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) – $12,000 | The Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) program helps military and veteran families who are facing a financial crisis by providing the necessary financial counseling, education and emergency financial grants required to help our military achieve financial self-sufficiency.  These grants fund food, rent & mortgage, utilities, auto repair, auto payments & insurance, critical baby items, essential household appliances or emergency travel.

Operation Homefront – $5,000 | Back To School Brigade (BTSB) provides backpacks and school supplies to 500 military children in kindergarten – 12th grade.  The program outcome is to relieve military family budgets enabling them to stretch their income for other household expenses. The BTSB program helps build strong, stable and secure military families by ensuring that military children have the necessary supplies to start the school year off right.

Physician Advocates for Veterans (PAVE) – $10,000 | PAVE quells veteran frustration by providing access to volunteer physician advocates who help veterans understand their diagnoses and observe treatment plans. The goal is to empower clients to guide their future medical care.  PAVE is expanding its impact to veterans via targeted outreach within the military social community and expand its corps of physician and veteran advocates. After two formative years as an all-volunteer organization, this funding supports hiring an Executive Director to activate the expansion.

Warrior Foundation Freedom Station – $9,200 | The Wheelchairs for Warriors program is specifically designed to provide amputees with very lightweight, high quality wheelchairs that are custom-made specifically to provide the best fit, form and functionality for each individual warrior, increasing the mobility, comfort, livability and safety of our warriors.

Workshops for Warriors – $15,000 | The CNC Machinist program is designed to prepare veterans and transitioning service members to become  entry level CNC machinists by using machining theory and extensive hands on training.  The duration of the training is 16 weeks and includes five basic courses: Immerse2Learn, SOLIDWORKS, Mastercam, CNC Mill and CNC Lathe. This program is an accelerated program of study culminating in industry recognized advanced manufacturing credentials.

Wreaths Across America – $4,000 | Wreath-laying ceremonies at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and Miramar National Cemetery honor our veterans, remember our fallen heroes, and teach our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families. Each wreath honors all servicemen and women for their selfless sacrifice and that of their families who are without loved ones during the holidays.

Military Support in San Diego


We support military service members, veterans and their families through The Patriots Connection and the Navy SEAL Foundation Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.

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