Women Give San Diego accepts Letters of Interest beginning in November with a deadline in January.  Funding decisions are announced in May.  The current grant application period is now closed.

It is strongly suggested that you review the WGSD funding priorities before you decide if you are a good fit. WGSD will fund programs which support women from the following populations:

  • elderly
  • military/veteran
  • working poor (including domestic and service workers)
  • individuals experiencing from mental health/substance abuse and/or trauma
  • individuals escaping domestic violence or human trafficking
  • immigrants and refugees
  • transition-age foster youth
  • LGBTQ individuals (including nonbinary and transgender) 

Women Give San Diego Letter of Interest 2018/2019

Women Give San Diego is a non-profit organization with 130 members that funds programs that help women and girls of San Diego achieve economic self-sufficiency. In 2019, they expect to make approximately four grants totaling $100,000. Typically, four organizations are chosen and the average grant amount, over two years, is $25,000.

We expect to receive about 60 LOIs and roughly 10 of those that best meet the grant qualifications will be invited to submit a full application.

Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2019

San Diego Grantmakers is the fiscal sponsor for this giving circle, and we are happy to try to answer any questions you may have —  please feel free to contact Melissa Padilla at

We will notify all applicants in mid-February about the status of their LOI and if they have been selected to submit a full proposal.

Grant Eligibility Criteria:
  • Must be working for change in one or more of our Areas of Focus as outlined on our Home Page.
  • Geographic Range San Diego County
  • Programs eligible for funding must be predominantly female focused.
  • Priority will be given to organizations in which women are the primary decision makers.
  • Must demonstrate outcomes that contribute to women’s economic self-sufficiency and security.
  • Gives voice to female constituents at all levels, and be willing to implement their ideas for change within the organization’s structure and programs.
  • WGSD encourages collaborative efforts between non-profit organizations to leverage greater impact than would be accomplished individually.
  • Formal 501(c )(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, as well as informal groups of women or emerging groups of women or organizations that can secure the cooperation of a 501 ( c)(3) organization willing to serve as a fiscal sponsor, are eligible to apply for WGSD funding.
Grant Exclusions or Restrictions
  • Healthcare programs or concerns
  • Organizations or Activities, which use religion or religious teachings as integral part of programmatic materials or content, or as a means of determining eligibility for service.
  • Retro-active funding
  • Reduction of an operating deficit or to liquidate existing debt
  • Agencies of state of federal government
  • Organizations or groups that oppose a woman’s right to self-determination
  • Fundraising events
  • Individuals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Organizations outside of San Diego County
  • Women Give San Diego does not consider overhead/indirect costs ineligible, but does prioritize proposals in which our funds go to supporting the economic empowerment and self-sufficiency of women and girls. So, for organizations that serve only or primarily women/girls, overhead would be considered in line with our mission. For organizations that serve a broader constituency, requests to expend funds on projects that focus on women and girls would be more competitive, and the indirect costs should be proportional to the project.
  • After two continuous years of funding from Women Give San Diego, an organization is ineligible to apply again until one year from the last year of WG funding. These organizations will be eligible to re-apply for grant support after the off year has elapsed.
Process and Timeline

Step 1: Letter of Interest
Organizations interested in a Women Give San Diego grant should submit a Letter of Interest by January 4, 2019. This step is intended to be simple and offer Women Give San Diego a brief summary while not requiring a significant time commitment from agencies. Please consider this a chance to provide an “introduction” of your organization and basic information about how your work aligns with WGSD priorities. To submit a Letter of Interest, please click here.

Step 2: Full Proposal
The Women Give San Diego Grants Team will review Letters of Intent and invite select agencies to submit full proposals. Organizations will be notified in January of 2019 and must submit proposals in February of 2019 (exact dates to be announced). The full proposal is designed to provide detailed information about the agency and project, including a budget, information about the Board, and key goals/outcomes.

Step 3: Site Visit
The Women Give San Diego Grants Team will review proposals and ask select agencies for a site visits. Organizations will be notified in March of 2019 and site visits will take place in March/April 2019 (exact dates to be scheduled based on availability). The site visits are designed to offer Women Give San Diego and applicants the chance to meet in-person and engage in dialogue about the proposed project. We always welcome a conversation with program participants/clients.

Award Notification
Agencies will receive notification about final funding decisions in May, 2019.

Grants Celebration Event
Organizations receiving grants will be invited to our annual Women Give San Diego Grants Celebration in May, 2019.

WGSD anticipates inviting select organizations to submit full RFP’s in January 2019.
For more information, please email

Thank you for your interest in building better lives for women and girls in San Diego County!