Social Equity Collaborative Fund Accepting Letters of Intent for 2016/17 Funding Opportunity

Thursday, December 1, 2016

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The Social Equity Collaborative Fund (SECF), a pooled grantmaking fund of the Social Equity Funders collaboration that is facilitated by San Diego Grantmakers, is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) from not-for-profit organizations for collaborative projects and programs that advance social and racial equity in San Diego County.

For this purpose, social equity is defined as a transformative, dynamic institutional and systemic climate of fairness and justice that ameliorates root causes of disparity. Grant awards from SECF are prioritized for grassroots organizations engaged in “bottom-up" strategies led by people of color and/or people directly affected by the issue being addressed.

The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent has passed.

Submission Details

Grant award decisions are made by an independent steering committee comprised of SEF members and subject matter experts, and which is organized to be routinely evaluated to ensure appropriate representation of grantmaking experience and equity perspectives. In this grant cycle, the steering committee anticipates distributing up to $700,000 in multi-year, general operating support grants that align with these key values:

  • Racial justice and economic justice
  • Resident leadership through community power-building
  • Collaboration, trust-building, shared learning, and cross-cultural healing and understanding by all stakeholders
  • Innovation in methods and strategies
  • A productive learning process may include failure and risk-taking
  • Honesty, openness, and trust among partners
  • Accountability not just to a grant report, but to partners and the community served
  • Collaboration that reflects an awareness of interconnectedness in a broader movement
  • A commitment to structural and systemic change


Ongoing/Existing Collaborations

  • "Partners working currently on food security issues will undertake a strategic planning and implementation process to introduce a connection to housing issues to their collaborative work"
  • Baltimore Racial Justice Action provides consultation, coaching, analysis, and related support for educational and community events for organizations committed to achieving racial equity.

New Collaborations

  • "Partner A, B, & C will spend time developing their relationship and will produce a platform to work collaboratively to advance workers rights"
  • An effort to build a new multi-ethnic civic participation table focused on underrepresented communities in the Inland Empire was initiated with a series of retreat-like trainings facilitated by the Rockwood Institute to build trust and relationships among key leaders and organizations, and to strengthen understanding of each others’ issue areas, priorities, and values.

Healing Collaborations

  • "Groups A, B, & C have divergent views and will work with NCRC to build trust so they can tackle systemic barriers to kids staying in school rather than entering the juvenile justice system"
  • Sparked by tensions related to three fatal police shootings of Latino residents in Salinas over a 3-month period in 2014, community leaders and city staff agreed to work together to develop a week-long racial equity and healing training, with support and facilitation from Race Forward and the National Compadres Network, with subsequent commitments to an ongoing governing for Racial Equity initiative.

Please Note

  • Applicants are encouraged to describe the full costs of their efforts and request the amount needed to be effective in achieving stated objectives.
  • Fiscal sponsorship or 501(c)3 status is required to receive SECF funds; however, so as not to discourage submissions, assistance will be provided to successful applicants to secure a fiscal sponsor if they do not already have one.


Contact megan[at] or (858) 875-3332.

Related: Inaugural Grants Awarded from New Fund Dedicated to Advancing Equity in San Diego (press release). Feb. 24, 2016.