The Grants Process

The Timeline:

      • Early August: Letters of Inquiry (LOI) download available on our website
      • September 4:  LOI due to Women’s Fund from organization
      • Late November: Some organizations will be asked to respond to an Request for Proposal (RFP)
      • Early January: RFPs are due to Women’s Fund office                                                                                                                                     
      • March: After careful review by committee, some organizations are selected to move to the Site Visit phase.            
      • April: Selected organizations that held site visits are asked to attend a General Meeting and present to the Women’s Fund membership. Voting follows. 
      • May:  Grants are awarded                                                                  


  • Only 501(c)3 organizations will be considered for funding
  • Management of the organization (and project) overseen by reliable, ethical and experienced personnel
  • Project plans need to demonstrate the ability to achieve results
  • No organization that discriminates in any way (age, race, national origin, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief) will be considered for funding
  • Organizations that have been awarded grants from the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund may request a grant in any year that they meet the criteria as long as they are not requesting funds for a previously funded project. Should they seek funds for a previously funded project, the organization needs to wait 3 years from the original grant year.

LOI Details:

The submission deadline for both the email and hard copy versions of the LOI has been extended to Tuesday, September 4 by end of business day.  Download the LOI form HERE.

Some helpful tips for submission:

  • Please be sure your project addresses the area of focus and fits the criteria
  • Be clear and focused about how your organization would make the best use of up to $50,000. Avoid discussing several projects with us but stay on one concise project
  • Don’t forget to check the box on area of focus
  • Get your LOI to us by the deadline, late submissions will not be considered.
  • If submitting your LOI by email, be sure to requesting an email delivery receipt.
  • Also when submitting by email, do additionally send 2 hard copies to the RSF Foundation office

Email completed LOIs to:

Mail hard copies (2x) to:
Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund
PO Box 811
Rancho Santa Fe CA  92067

For hand deliveries:

Please deliver to the RSF Foundation Office.  It is located in Rancho Santa Fe Plaza at 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite B-30, Encinitas, 92024.  (It's in the same complex as the Harvest Ranch Market and The Original Pancake House.)

Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund  |  established in 2004  |  tax #95-3709639
162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite B30, Encinitas, CA   92024

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