Community Grant Program

City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program

Since June 1998, the Encinitas City Council has recognized the value of an ongoing program whereby not-for-profit organizations have a means of requesting funding from the City to accomplish arts and civic projects or programs. The establishment of the Community Grant Program (CGP), with an annual General Fund allocation, has provided $965,064 in City funds to support numerous projects and programs that have enriched the five communities of Encinitas.

The CGP provides funding in two categories: Civic: Social, recreation, education, health and environment; and, Arts: Visual arts, performing arts, arts education and literary arts. Requests for funding are considered through an application process. Organizations must be legally established with non-profit or tax-exempt status, be based in Encinitas, or provide direct service to Encinitas residents.


Pictured above: representatives from organizations which received funding in FY 2018-2019.


Grant Recipient Documents

Click here for a list of organizations which received funding in FY 2018-2019. 


2019-2020 Grant Program

The City of Encinitas is very grateful to the Mizel Family Foundation for their financial contribution over many years to the Community Grant Program. The foundation has determined that FY 2018-2019 will be the last year of their involvement in the grant program and we wish them well. For FY 2019-2020, the City is seeking other funding partners. 

Click HERE for the FY 2019-2020 Application. The application is a fillable PDF document.  Save it to your computer and fill it out at your leisure.  Hard copies of the package will be available in the City Hall lobby and Parks and Recreation Dept. lobby.  Completed application package submissions must be received at City Hall by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019.  Please review the instructions carefully.  Late or incomplete application package submissions will not be considered. New this year: please three-hole punch the entire application package submission. 

Important Dates

  • Monday, March 18, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm - New Applicant Workshop (mandatory for first-time applicants)
    City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue. To register, email Samantha Morrow
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019, 3:00pm - Grant Application Deadline
    City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue.  Complete application packages must be delivered to City Hall, in the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department lobby
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:00pm - City Council Meeting for Funding Allocations
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 - Allocation results will be e-mailed to Grant Applicants
  • Monday, July 22, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm - Grant Recipient Workshop & contract distribution (mandatory for all grant recipients) City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue.


For more information, please contact City staff via email or call (760) 633-2740.  

City of Encinitas, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024. (760) 633-2600.