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The Patriots Connection Grants

The Patriots Connection has invested more than $1.3 million since 2008 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 2008 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.

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for grant consideration from TPC, organizations:

  • Must have an updated listing 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
  • May not discriminate in any way (age, race, national origin, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief)
  • Must be current with grant report if previously funded

How to Apply

Organizations seeking a 2018 grant from The Patriots Connection must submit an updated Questionnaire along with their Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Both the Questionnaire and LOI are fillable PDFs and must be submitted electronically to debbie@rsffoundation.org.

Please note scanned copies and late or incomplete LOIs will be disqualified from consideration. If you have problems with the form, please contact RSFF staff. For LOI guidance please reference this resource.

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  2018 Grant Cycle Timeline

Friday, June 1, 2018………………..Guidelines and LOI Released
Wednesday, June 20, 2018………………..LOI Submissions Due at 4PM
Monday, July 16, 2018………………..Requests for Proposals Invited
Monday, August 13, 2018………………..Proposals Due at 4PM
September 4-21, 2018………………..Site Visits
Wednesday, October 3, 2018………………..Grant Award Announcement
Wednesday, November 14, 2018………………..Grantee Partner Recognition and Celebration

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2018 GRANTS

The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, through its military focus area, awarded grants totaling $151,000 to 16 nonprofit programs serving the military in San Diego County in 2018.

211 San Diego – $10,000 | Prevention and early intervention through peer-to-peer care coordination services utilizing SD United and Community Information Exchange (CIE) technology.

American Red Cross – San Diego – $6,000 | Hug-a-Hero dolls, made from a full picture of the deploying parent, are given to young children of deploying parents. The dolls help maintain the parent/child connection during the separation of deployment.

Blue Star Families – $15,000 | Connecting military families to resources, neighbors, and community to reduce isolation and improve their wellbeing.

Camp Pendleton ASYMCA – $10,000 |  Operation Little Learners is a Parent and Child Preschool Program for active duty military at Camp Pendleton.

Easter Seals of Southern California – $15,000 | 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.

Helping Paws – $10,000 |  Covering urgent care and routine veterinary procedures for the pets of military and veteran families.

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank – $10,000 |  Emergency food assistance – 125,000 pounds of nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables to military families living on or near Camp Pendleton.

Kids’ Turn San Diego – $5,000 |  Co-parenting program for separated and divorced military families.

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.

San Diego Military Outreach Ministry – $5,000 |  Basic needs and emergency financial assistance to junior enlisted military families.

SAY San Diego Military Family Collaborative – $5,000 |  Military Transition – The Spouse Edition, educates spouses on topics including finances, employment, relocation, medical and VA benefits.

The Soldier’s Project – $7,500 |  Expansion of free mental health care services in San Diego.

VetCTAP – $7,500 | A 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.

Warrior Foundation Freedom Station – $10,000 |Kitchen appliances, supplies for Freedom Station II.

Wreaths Across America – $5,000 | 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 – $15,000 | Military transition services – connection & support. Program participants are connected with local resources uniquely suited to their post-service/mobilization needs, through 1:1 Peer Navigators, easing their transition into the civilian community.

2017 GRANTS

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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At Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, a San Diego community foundation, our mission is to connect donors with regional and global needs through visionary community leadership, personalized service and effective grant-making.

We’re proud that our donors and community are served on a local level. Many of our donations are provided by residents of the Coastal North County San Diego, which include Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas. In return, we work to give back to communities in need throughout San Diego County.

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