ESCONDIDO–The Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, has released its 2012 Grant Guidelines.
The focus for its sixth cycle of grantmaking is Arts and Culture – Vibrant and Civically Engaged Communities. The ECF is focusing specifically on cultural experiences and invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals that demonstrate the power of arts and culture to build more vibrant and civically engaged communities through cultural experiences.
“Cultural appreciation and the arts are valuable tools for encouraging civic engagement and community participation,” said Lisa Ruder, Chair of The Escondido Charitable Foundation’s Grants Committee. “Escondido is a community with a rich history and great cultural diversity. This grants focus will encourage organizations to engage Escondidans in learning more about their community and each other. The Grants Committee envisions projects that incorporate diverse aspects of Escondido’s history and culture, from the community’s agricultural roots in harvesting avocados and grapes, to visual arts, to local dance and music traditions, to the importance of our region’s trails and open space.
The Escondido Charitable Foundation will fund projects managed by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a benefit to Escondido residents. Desirable projects will utilize art and culture to increase intercultural dialogue and participation, inspire community pride and revitalization and increase the broader participation of the community. Preference will be given to projects that clearly address Escondido-specific issues and needs; including activities that emphasize the great cultural diversity of our city, promote creativity, enhance civic engagement, and set new standards for the far-reaching benefits that can be achieved when art, culture and community intersect. The Foundation will accept proposals ranging from $15,000 to $35,000. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m.
“The Escondido Charitable Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in Greater Escondido, and I am excited to see how our community’s organizations create programs that enhance that quality by bringing people, history and tradition together,” said Jack Campbell, Chair of The Escondido Charitable Foundation. “This grants focus is giving Escondido the opportunity to build civic pride in our great community.”
For more information on the 2012 Grant Guidelines, contact Trudy Armstrong, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, (619) 764-8602.