La Jolla Community Foundation to award $20,000 in grants for arts, sciences

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By Pat Sherman

The La Jolla Community Foundation (LJCF) will award $20,000 in grants to nonprofit groups serving La Jolla that wish to fund a project focusing on the arts and/or science.

As part of its first grant cycle, the LJCF is inviting nonprofits to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) expressing interest in applying for a grant. Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $20,000. The deadline for submitting the LOI is 5 p.m. Monday, June 23.

LJCF Executive Director Julie Bronstein said the foundation conducted a survey of its membership in January and determined arts and culture to be a priority funding area.

“We are thrilled to launch our inaugural grant-making effort in order to be responsive to our members’ interest in the arts while recognizing that La Jolla is an internationally renowned hub for scientific research and innovation,” Bronstein said.

Susan McClellan, chair of the LJCF’s Grants Advisory Task Force, added: “We know that there will be many creative applications and we look forward to reviewing a variety of proposals focused on enriching La Jolla. We hope that La Jollans become members of the La Jolla Community Foundation when they see the benefit of our annual grant-making in various areas such as arts, science, the environment, education and civil society. We also hope that non-profits from throughout San Diego County apply to the La Jolla Community Foundation for funding their organization’s program, which will benefit La Jolla.”

Priority consideration will be given to projects that combine both arts and science. This grant is being offered to provide financial support to organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work or attend school within the geographic boundaries of the 92037 Zip code.

The LOI is the first step in a two-step application process. LJCF will evaluate all LOI submissions and qualify those that meet program and eligibility criteria.

Organizations that are moved forward through the LOI process will be invited to submit a full application proposal by July 21, 2014.

Grant guidelines and application instructions can be found at sdfoundation.org/grants. Applicants can register online at mycommunity.sdfoundation.org through 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 18.

For technical questions about the application, contact Keri Favela at kerri@sdfoundation.org or (619) 235-2300. For questions concerning the grant guidelines, contact Bronstein at julieb@sdfoundation.org or  (619) 314-1348.

Founded in 2008 and affiliated with the San Diego Foundation, the La Jolla Community Foundation is an all-volunteer community service organization with more than 60 members dedicated to “improving the atmosphere, ambience and cultural lifestyle of La Jolla.

More information about LJCF at

lajollacommunityfoundation.org

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