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Economic Development

Economic Development Funding Programs

The Economic Development Funding Program covers economic development, tourism and small business support. This grant program allocates Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue to promote San Diego as a business and tourism destination; and utilizes the Small Business Enhancement Program (SBEP) to supports small business efforts Citywide and in Microdistricts. 


An eligible nonprofit organization has a mission that closely aligns with one of the following:

  • Goal A: Creates, retains and/or expands small businesses with a neighborhood-based focus, excluding Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). 
  • Goal B: Creates, retains and/or expands non-base-sector small businesses by offering a program to small businesses Citywide, not focusing on specific commercial neighborhoods with BIDs or Microdistricts. 
  • Goal C: Promotes the City of San Diego as a visitor destination, enhancing the Tourism base sector. 
  • Goal D: Enhances San Diego's economic standing and reputation as a Smart City and a center for innovation, entrepreneurship and technology development for base sector businesses (Manufacturing and Innovation, International Trade and Logistics, or Defense). 

Economic Development Funding Schedule

The schedule for the annual review of proposals and allocation of funding for the Economic Development Funding Process is approximately six months beginning in January. The funding, if approved, will apply to proposed Program/Project budgets for FY2025, which is from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025.


FY2025 Application Informational Session Details

As a requirement of the  Economic Development Funding Program, interested applicants are required to attend one (1) of the two (2) informational sessions below. At least one representative from the organization must be present during the virtual session. Presentation materials and Q&As will be posted soon.

  • December 13, 2023 from 1:00-2:30 p.m: Application Informational Session Workshop 1 for potential applicants via Zoom. (Registration closed)
  • January 4, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Application Informational Session Workshop for potential applicants via Zoom. (Registration closed) 
  • January 10, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 p.m: Application Informational Session Workshop 2 for potential applicants via Zoom. (Registration closed)

Workshop Presentation - Slide deck now available to view. 

Q&As from the previous meeting(s)


FY2025 Application Process

The Economic Development Funding Program online application available through SeamlessDocs must be completed in one session. Follow the steps outlined in the Application Guidelines, including preparing a Sample Application and attachments in advance.  Please allow at least one (1) hour for completing the online application and uploading the attachments. 

Key Dates

  • December 11, 2023: Application guidelines published for FY 2025 ED Funding cycle. Online application portal opens. 
  • January 16, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.: Cutoff for questions on the Economic Development Funding Programs Application.
  • January 19, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.: Seamless docs Application deadline. No late applications will be accepted.

*All dates are subject to change

Office Hours Sign-Up Schedule

Please download all:

Funding Guidelines

Sample Application (Microsoft Word format) or

Sample Application (PDF format)

Scoring Sheet

The application for FY 2025 Economic Development Funding Program is now closed.


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Previous Economic Development Funding

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 below to see the variety of valuable organizations we support.

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