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Grant program for Oceanside nonprofits

OCEANSIDE — On March 11, the American Recue Plan Act was signed into law, allocating $32.3 million of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal recovery funds to the city of Oceanside. As part of its ARPA spending plan, the Oceanside City Council approved $1 million to be used for grants to local nonprofit organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19.

To qualify for grant funds, an applicant must be an Oceanside-based, tax-exempt, charitable organization in good standing, as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Grants will be awarded in two categories:

  • Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to offset revenue losses to the organization due to COVID-19
  • Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 for specific programs or activities (either new or existing) to help to address negative impacts in Oceanside caused by COVID-19

The application period will close on Jan. 31, 2022. Grant awards are anticipated to be distributed in February 2022. More information and the online application is available at

Grant amounts will be determined based on several factors, including financial impacts to the organization related to COVID-19, applicants’ positive impact on community economic recovery and applicants’ capacity to assist underserved populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

“Nonprofit organizations have played a critical role in helping our residents through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Esther Sanchez. “This program will enable Oceanside nonprofits to continue, and enhance, their important services for the residents most in-need in our community.”