Community Grant Program

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Since June 1998, the Encinitas City Council has recognized the value of an ongoing program whereby nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations have a means of requesting funding from the City to accomplish arts and civic projects. The establishment of the Community Grant Program (CGP), with an annual General Fund allocation and outside donations, has supported numerous projects that have enriched the five communities of Encinitas.

The CGP provides funding in two categories:

  • Civic: social, recreation, education, health and environment
  • Arts: visual art, performing arts, arts education, literary arts, etc.

Requests for funding are considered through an application process. To be eligible, organizations must be legally established with nonprofit or tax-exempt status as well as be legally based in Encinitas and/or provide direct service to Encinitas residents with the project for which they seek CGP funding. 

The City of Encinitas is grateful to the Ecke Family for their generous financial support of the CGP.


Grant Application Information FY 2023/2024


Please note that the timeline is earlier than in prior years, including the grant application deadline. Be sure to review the dates below and save them to your calendar.

Application Available:
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 (see below under "APPLICATION" to download)

Grant Applicant Workshop (Recommended for all applicants):
Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 4:00-5:00pm, via virtual teleconference

Application Submission Deadline:
Monday, February 27, 2023, 7:30am, via email to

City Council Meeting, Allocation of Funds:
Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 6:00pm

Allocation Results emailed to Grant Applicants:
Thursday, April 20, 2023

Grant Recipient Workshop & Contract Distribution
(This is a mandatory meeting)
Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 4:00-5:00pm, via virtual teleconference

Insurance documents due:
Monday, May 15, 2023, 4:00pm

Eligible Project Dates:
July 1, 2023 – June 14, 2024 is the time during which all funded programs for the FY23/24 grant cycle.

*Dates subject to change. Visit this page for the most current information.


Grants may be requested in any amount not to exceed $5,000.


Applications are now available for the Fiscal Year 2023/2024 City of Encinitas Community Grant Program (CGP).  Click here to download the FY23/24 CGP grant application. Be sure to download and save a copy of the fillable PDF application to your computer before completing the application. Be advised that trying to complete the document in your browser window may not result in saving your work to the document.

Please note that the FY23/24 CGP application has been significantly updated from prior years. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to review the document in order to provide the required information. See below for information about updated application instructions and the Grant Application Workshop.


The grant application instructions are intended to provide guidance through the Application Form, step by step. Before filling out the application, it is strongly recommended that you print the instruction pages and follow along as you work through the application. Click here to download the application instructions. Grant applicants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the Grant Applicant Workshop on Tuesday, January 31. Email for a calendar invitation to attend the virtual meeting.


Applications must be submitted via email to the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department no later than 7:30am on Monday, February 27, 2023. Applications received after this date/time will not be accepted. The completed and signed application PDF document (including the application as well as Attachments A, B, and C) must be emailed to by the deadline in order to be considered. No mailed or hand-delivered submissions will be accepted. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.


Applications are reviewed, evaluated, and ranked by an Evaluation Panel comprised of members of five (5) City Commissions. Panel recommendations are then forwarded to the City Council for their consideration and approval.


The CGP is a reimbursement-based grant program.  Funds are reimbursed upon submission of paid invoices, receipts, and other supporting documentation of program expenditures. All reimbursement requests for awarded FY23/24 CGP grants will be due no later than 4:30pm on Friday, June 14, 2024. Reimbursement requests after this date/time may not be granted.


Be sure to read through all information on this page as well as the application and application instructions. Consider attending the virtual Grant Applicant Workshop on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 for a thorough review of the application and grant process.  If you have a question that is still not answered, please contact City staff via email at or by phone at (760) 633-2740.


2019-20 Recipients
Pictured above: representatives from organizations which have received funding.

Grant Recipient Information FY 2022/2023

Review the grant recipient presentation with important dates and required documents.

Important Dates

  • Monday, July 25, 2022, 3:00pm: Insurance submittal deadline.
  • Friday, June 16, 2023, 4:30pm: FY 2022/2023 Grant reimbursement invoice and supporting documents submittal deadline.
  • Email documents to or deliver in person before 4:30pm.

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

City of Encinitas, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.

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