The City of San Diego supports local nonprofits that foster the City’s economic prosperity and quality of life. Funding opportunities are available to local nonprofits that launch, expand, attract or retain businesses in the City, advancing San Diego as a leading innovation hub and tourist destination. Explore past Economic Development Funding Recipients in the interactive map above to see the variety of valuable organizations we support.
RFP Application Period - March 21 to April 12, 2022 (5:00 p.m. PT)
Step 1: Carefully read the FY2023 Economic Development Funding Guidelines (Updated 3-24-2022)
Step 2: If you have questions, contact the Economic Development Department by emailing us at email@example.com or by calling us at 619-236-6700.
Step 3: Download the Sample RFP Application and complete it. This is the format that you can use to cut and paste responses into the SeamlessDocs online RFP Application. Please allow at least 1 hour for completing the online application and uploading the attachments.
Step 4: Download and complete the RFP Financial Statements Templates.
Step 5: If submitting optional attachments, gather those items and upload under Section 5. Please allow at least 1 hour for completing the application and uploading the attachments.
Step 6: Submit your RFP Application by the deadline of 5:00 p.m. PT on April 12, 2022 through the City of San Diego SeamlessDocs portal. Please note that the online RFP Application must be completed entirely in one session.
March 14, 2022 (Monday): Application guidelines published
March 21, 2022 (Monday): RFP release (The SeamlessDocs link to the RFP Application will be made available on this webpage).
March 22, 2022 (Tuesday): Economic Development Funding RFP Informational Workshop, 3:00-4:00 p.m. via Zoom https://sandiego.zoomgov.com/j/1606725752
**ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY AT THIS SESSION OR THE MARCH 24, 2022 SESSION**
March 24, 2022 (Thursday): Economic Development Funding RFP Informational Workshop (repeat of March 22, 2022 session), 10:00-11:00 a.m. via Zoom https://sandiego.zoomgov.com/j/1606725752
**April 12, 2022 (Tuesday): RFP Application deadline.**
RFP must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. PT
April 20, 2022 (Wednesday): RFP recommendations submitted to the Mayor's Office
May 4 - May 10, 2022: City Council Budget Review Committee hearings (tentative award amounts have historically been available in May)
June 28, 2022 (Tuesday): Final award amounts confirmed by City and documents due
Please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
An eligible nonprofit has a mission that closely aligns with one of the following:
The Economic Development Funding Program covers Economic Development and Tourism Support (EDTS) and Citywide Economic Development Support (CEDS), which allocate Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue to promote San Diego as a business and tourism destination; and the Small Business Enhancement Program (SBEP), which supports small business efforts Citywide and in Microdistricts.