Our grant cycle has closed and will reopen in November 2020.

Women Give San Diego Grant Application Process 2019/2020

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 2020, 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.

WGSD will fund workforce development for at risk and opportunity youth who identify as female, ages 14-21, where this focus is core to your mission and activities, or you are committed to expanding to reach more girls. Examples of populations served include: pregnant and parenting youth, formerly incarcerated, and aging out of foster care.

 Grants will be made to organizations providing: 

  • Assistance/supportive services/solutions for cis and trans women and girls who meet the definition of at-risk and/or opportunity youth.
  • Workforce development projects/programs, including skills training, access to career pathways, connections to social services support, workforce commuting initiatives (transportation).


Opportunity Youth: Youth who are neither in school or working.

At-risk youth: A child who is less likely to transition successfully into adulthood. Success can include academic success and job readiness, as well as the ability to be financially independent. It also can refer to the ability to become a positive member of society by avoiding a life of crime.

Qualification Questionnaire Deadline: Friday, December 20, 2019

Organizations interested in a Women Give San Diego grant should complete the qualification questionnaire by December 20th. Upon completion, San Diego Grantmakers staff will follow up to inform you whether or not your organization is eligible to submit a letter of interest for the 2019-2020 grants cycle.  If your organization is eligible, San Diego Grantmakers staff will provide your organization the link to submit a Letter of Interest application.  

Letter of Interest Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2020

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  A past grantee is ineligible to apply again until one year  after the last year of WGSD funding. These organizations will be eligible to re-apply for grant support after the off year has elapsed.


Step 1: Qualification Questionnaire

Organizations interested in a Women Give San Diego grant should complete the qualification questionnaire. If your organization is eligible, San Diego Grantmakers staff will provide your organization the link to submit a Letter of Interest application.

Click here to complete the qualification questionnaire by December 20th

Step 2: Letter of Interest

Qualified organizations can submit a Letter of Interest by January 13, 2020. 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.

Step 3: 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 2020 and must submit proposals in February of 2020 (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 4: 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 2020 and site visits will take place in March/April 2020 (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 2020.

Grants Celebration Event

Organizations receiving grants will be invited to our annual Women Give San Diego Grants Celebration in May 2020.

For more information, please email contact Melissa Padilla at

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