After five successful years of grant making, the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation is proud to announce the release of its 2013 grant guidelines.  In the current cycle, the Foundation is focusing on a Safe and Healthy community. In the current cycle, the 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation will accept proposals with an emphasis in supporting projects that emphasize and focus on providing a safe and healthy community for the residents of the 4S/Del Sur community.  The Foundation will accept proposal for programs that address safety and the health, well-being and self sufficiency of individuals, families and the communities in the region for 4S Ranch and Del Sur.   Special consideration will be given to projects that address such issues as the prevention and or treatment of substance abuse, obesity, bullying through education, and positive alternatives to provide constructive activities for residents, especially children and teens to learn to make healthy and safer choices.   Programs that address environmental strategies aimed at improving settings and conditions in which people live, work and play are also encouraged.

The foundation is seeking project and programs that impact individuals of any age and families in the communities of 4S Ranch and Del Sur.

Proposals must be submitted on-line; hard copy proposals will not be accepted. To apply, use the link below to access our secure online grant form. You will be prompted to submit information directly into the fields on the website.

Visit  www.4sranchcommunityfoundation.org for more information or,

To begin a new application visit

http://www.sdfoundation.org/CommunityFoundations/4SRanchDelSurCommunityFoundation/Grants.aspx

The guidelines contain more specific information about applicant eligibility and the selection process that the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation will follow over the next couple of months.  Once applications are reviewed, the members of the 4SRanch~DelSur Community Foundation will vote to decide where the grant making dollars go. The deadline for grant applications is January 18, 2013.

Each year, the 4SRanch~DelSur Community Foundation selects an “area-of-interest” based on membership input and research from the Foundation’s Grants Committee. Following the “area-of-interest” selection, the Grants Committee researches relevant national and regional materials for background and context, and conducts local level research through interviews with local community leaders, citizens and experts in order to promote an open dialogue, collaboration and idea flow.  Grant guidelines are created, ratified by the 4SRanch~DelSur Community Foundation and The San Diego Foundation Boards, and then released to the community for applications.  Upon selection, grant monies will be distributed in May 2013.

The goal of the members of the 4S Ranch ~ Del Sur Community Foundation members is to leverage small resources and use collective giving to have a great impact in the community.  The Foundation grants, have proven to have had just that sort of impact for the emerging needs of 4SRanch~Del Sur communities and are encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy by and for the benefit of all who live and give in the community.

The 4SRanch~DelSur Community Foundation is part of a network of local affiliates of The San Diego Foundation, each serving the unique needs of communities throughout the region.

For more information about the guidelines, please call Trudy Armstrong 619 764 8602 at, or e-mail trudy@sdfoundation.org.