Our Grants

Since its inception, The Del Mar Foundation has supported community projects and organizations through its robust grants program, fiscal sponsorship, and fiscal management expertise.

The Foundation’s grants focus on activities, programs, and acquisitions that further its mission to acquire and preserve open space, improve beaches and parklands, and support diverse cultural programs and community events in Del Mar.

Interested in applying for a grant? Check out our grant application forms, examples of grant agreements and examples of our past grants, below. We welcome applications that further our mission, and will help make Del Mar a vibrant community.

Examples of Past Grants

  • Acquisition of Shores Park

  • Beach Safety Center construction

  • Public gardens (Post Office, Library, downtown & more)

  • Lagoon Day education programs for children

  • Powerhouse Community Center restoration

  • Beach access (wheelchairs and mats; bike racks, Junior Lifeguards)
  • Support for Del Mar Community Connections, Del Mar Historical Society, Friends of Del Mar Library, Del Mar TV, Free Flight Bird Sanctuary
  • Firefighter hats for “junior firefighters”

Del Mar Foundation Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

The current Covid-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on our country, state, county and city. Beginning in March, to help mitigate the effect of this crisis, we increased our support of various Del Mar-based organizations including Del Mar Community Connections (Pandemic Response Driver Program), the Del Mar Village Association (Fueling the Front Line), and St. Peter’s Church’s Helping Hands food program.

The Foundation is also aware of the severe impact the pandemic has had on the City’s finances, and concluded that we could make a significant difference. On August 3rd, the Del Mar Foundation presented a $180,820 donation to the Del Mar City Council, which will restore funding for budget items important to our community, connected to the Foundation’s mission, that the City had to cut from its budget because of the crisis.

We hope that this funding will benefit our community as we work together to overcome the challenges Covid-19 presents to our individual and collective health and safety, and our community’s well-being.

Click to read the presentation made to the City Council

Apply for a Community Grant

The Del Mar Foundation accepts grant applications AT ANY TIME. An applicant may apply as often as needed. The Grant Application Review Committee will notify applicants within eight weeks. Each grantee shall provide documentation of the use of funds received from the Foundation within 30 days of the end of the Term of Agreement.

To apply, complete and submit the Del Mar Foundation Grant Application according to the instructions listed on the application and send via email to grants@delmarfoundation.org.

Receipt of your Grant Application package will be acknowledged via email, and you will be contacted by a member of the Grants Committee should there be any questions or need for additional information.

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Grant Application Documents

Please review and use these documents when submitting a grant application:

Grant Agreement Examples

Here are examples of the Grant Agreement that grantees are required to sign, and the documentation requirements that apply to DMF grants: