City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation 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 Recipients 17-18

Pictured above: representatives from the organizations which received funding in fiscal year 2017-18.


Grant Recipient Documents

Click here for a list of organizations which received funding in fiscal year 2017-2018. 


2018-2019 Grant Program

Applications for 2018-2019 are now closed. On March 1, 2019 applications for 2019-2020 will be available on this web page. 


Important Dates

  • Monday, March 19, 2018, 4:00-5:00pm - New Applicant Workshop (mandatory for first-time applicants)
    City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue. To register, email Samantha Morrow
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018, 3:00pm - Grant Application Deadline
    City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue.  Complete application packages must be delivered to City Hall, in the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department lobby
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6:00pm - City Council Meeting for Funding Allocations
  • Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Allocation results will be e-mailed to Grant Applicants
  • Monday, July 23, 2018, 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 Samantha Morrow: email or (760) 633-2743.  

City of Encinitas, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024. (760) 633-2600.