The Solana Beach Fund, a community fund at Coastal Community Foundation, recently presented five grants totaling $16,850 to five nonprofits serving the community of Solana Beach.
The fund received $50,000 in grant applications for 2016.
"We were impressed by the quality of applications and hope the fund will continue to grow so that its impact can as well. All of this year's recipients are doing important nonprofit work that is directly benefiting our community by bringing generations together, enhancing our sense of community and encouraging service and volunteering," said Sharon Omahen, executive director of Coastal Community Foundation.
The grant ceremony and celebration was held Sept. 27 at Carruth Cellars Urban Winery and Tasting Room at 118 S. Cedros Ave. with roughly 75 people attending.
For the third straight year, Casa de Amistad, an after-school education and character development program located in Solana Beach, qualified for a grant. Casa de Amistad plans to use the $3,000 in new funds to invest in its data collection and reporting capabilities in order to measure its impacts and identify areas of unmet need.
The 2016 grantees also included two first-time recipients. One is the Community Law Project of California Western School of Law which received a grant of $4,000 to increase its free Solana Beach legal clinic to twice a month to help meet demand. The other is Reality Changers, a San Diego-based nonprofit with an active program supporting low-income Solana Beach high school students striving to become first-generation college students. It received $3,000 to expand its robust College Town college prep program.
North Coast Repertory's Theater School collected $3,000 to help with its summer 2016 youth production of Shakespeare's MacBeth presented at La Colonia Park for families. This was the Solana Beach theater company's second grant.
Also receiving funding for the second time was the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy which will apply its $3,850 grant to expand its volunteer program, Citizens Restoring Coastal Habitat, to reach more areas in the reserve. The grant funding will help restore areas of the Rios Trail and Harbaugh Seaside Trails located in Solana Beach in addition to the Reserve's east basin.
Launched in 2013, the mission of the Solana Beach Fund is to address local needs and to build philanthropy to benefit the Solana Beach community today and through legacy gifts. This fund is one of over 60 charitable funds at Coastal Community Foundation.
For more information including past recipients or to donate to support 2017 grants, visit www.coastalfoundation.org/programs/