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.

Since 2007, the Mizel Family Foundation has matched, dollar-for-dollar, the CGP general fund allocation, thus doubling the grant funding for the benefit of the Encinitas community. On April 9, 2009 the City Council unanimously approved changing the name of the grant program to the “City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program” for FY09/10 and any subsequent year in which the matching grant is provided.

On June 8, 2016 the Encinitas City Council allocated $150,000 to forty eight arts and civic nonprofit organizations. The Mizel Family Foundation provided a dollar-for-dollar match to the City’s budgeted allocation of $75,000 bringing the total funding available to $150,000.

Grant Recipient Documents

Click the links for 2016/17 grant recipients, and Request for Reimbursement, Event Notification and Evaluation forms.

2017-2018 Grant Program

Applications for the next grant program will be available here on Wednesday, March 3, 2017.

The application is a fillable PDF.  Save it to your computer and fill it out at your leisure.  Hard copies of the package will be available in the lobby at City Hall.  Completed application package submissions must be received at the City by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017.  Please review the instructions carefully.  Late or incomplete application package submissions will not be considered.

Important Dates

  • Monday, March 20, 2017, 4:00-5:00pm - New Applicant Workshop (mandatory for first-time applicants)
    City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue. To register, email Grant Adminstrator, Jim Gilliam here
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017, 3:00pm - Grant Application Deadline
    City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue.  Complete application packages must be delivered to the City Hall Lobby
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6:00pm - City Council Meeting for Funding Allocations
  • Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Allocation results will be e-mailed to Grant Applicants
  • Monday, July 24, 2017, 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 Jim Gilliam, Arts Administrator, (760) 633-26746 or email.  Thank you.