The Patriots Connection Grants

The Patriots Connection has invested more than $1.3 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 $1.3 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 veteran families. Organizations of Distinction that have qualified for the San Diego Directory may apply for funding from The Patriots Connection.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for grant consideration 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
    • a charitable organization that does not have tax-exempt status, must have a fiscal sponsor where a 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

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 Patriots Connection Grant Cycle

The 2017 TPC grant cycle has closed. Eligible organizations will be notified when the 2018 TPC grant cycle is open and accepting LOIs.

2018 Grant Cycle Timeline
June 1 –  Grant cycle opens, LOI goes live
June 20 – LOIs due
July 12 – RSFF will notify organizations invited to submit RFPs
August 13 – RFPs due
September 4-21 – Site visits
October 8 – Grant recipients announced
November 14 – Grantee Recognition & Celebration



The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, through its military focus area, awarded grants totaling $175,366 to 15 nonprofit programs serving the military in San Diego County in 2017.

211 San Diego – $10,000 | SD United utilizes UniteUS technology and developed in partnership with others including San Diego Veterans Coalition. SD United supports in-depth care coordination and secure client sharing. 2-1-1’s Military/Veteran Peer Specialists provide navigation for military/veteran clients within SD United confirming outcomes with the client and referral partners, ensuring all client needs are met

Easter Seals of Southern California – $10,000 | Bob Hope Veterans Support Program provides transitioning veterans in San Diego County with 1:1 customized employment support, connections to 600+ employers, small business development and post-employment follow-up. Employment Specialists, who are veterans themselves, meet with participants wherever they elect in the community – for example, a coffee shop, military base, college campus or hospital.

Family Health Centers of San Diego – $10,000 | To support a Nurse Practitioner and two other staff who provide primary medical care in addition to clinical assessments and psychosocial support for homeless veterans with PTSD, substance abuse and/or alcohol abuse and who are eligible to reside at Veterans Village San Diego.

Heartland House – $9,155 |  The Rides for Recovery project provides veterans residing at Heartland House with direct transportation to attend medical appointments and address other matters key to their recovery. This will provide them with more time to fully participate in their recovery program, strengthening their ability to stay clean and sober.

Interfaith Community Services – $15,000 |  Interfaith’s Veterans Program provides specialized services to hundreds of veterans utilizing trauma-informed care, best practices, and post-traumatic growth to improve the dignity, health, and economic well-being of our nation’s heroes. Services include emergency and transitional housing, economic development, mental health counseling, case managed social services, and recuperative nursing care.

KPBS – $15,000 | To support trustworthy military reporting to audiences throughout San Diego by having a full-time military desk that produces high-quality coverage, giving listeners stories that help them understand the issues.

NVTS, Inc. (REBOOT) – $10,000 | OPERATION Independence Program helps formerly homeless veterans re-join the workforce to become independent. Once a homeless veteran’s life has been stabilized by the San Diego Housing Commission and Veterans Administration, they are referred to OPERATION Independence to reboot their behaviors, coupled with providing job skills training and placement assistance to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness and move them to independence.

Operation Homefront – $6,500 | Operation Homefront’s Holiday Meal for Military Program helps stretch military families’ budgets during the holiday season and fosters family bonding. The HMFM serves 500 local junior enlisted military families, each family receives ingredients to make a holiday meal, gift card to purchase protein and a family board game.

Resounding Joy – $5,000 |  Semper Sound is an evidence-based military music therapy program for active duty service members, veterans, and their families. On base and in the community, Semper Sound music therapists provide individual and group sessions that center on the personal and clinical goals of clients. Group music therapy has proven to be an effective medium to promote psychological well-being in men/women who indicated that they would not otherwise seek conventional therapeutic treatment. Semper Sound provides year-round, free music therapy to service members.

San Diego ASYMCA – $15,000 |  Operation Hero program provides after school support to military children by assisting with school work, social skills, coping with family separation and an appreciation for military life. Those in need are identified by parents and school. They may exhibit low self-esteem, difficulty concentrating, adjusting academically or lack social skills.

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.

VetCTAP – $10,000 | To support the free, 8-module job search workshop series provided to military and spouses entering the civilian job force. Workshops are 8 times per year (64 nights of training) and involve coordinating 50 volunteers, media outreach, participant recruiting and tracking, fundraising, and administrative logistics.

Workshops for Warriors – $15,000 | To support the school that provides veterans, wounded warriors, and transitioning service members with industry-leading manufacturing and related curriculum to enter the manufacturing industry. The organization trains, certifies, and places a veteran into a high paying entry level job in four to eight months.

Wreaths Across America – $19,711 | Wreath-laying ceremonies at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Miramar National Cemetery, Greenwood Memorial Park and Valley Center Cemetery, to 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.

Zero8hundred – $10,000 | Peer Navigators connect transitioning service members to comprehensive resources, easing their transition into the civilian community.

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