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. For example, FY2020 Economic Development Funding recipient EvoNexus (above) is a technology incubator that assists startups in becoming fundable, commercially viable companies.
The Economic Development Funding Fiscal Year 2021 RFP application period begins January 2020 for organizations qualified through the RFQ process. ** Please note that this is a now a two-phase application process, featuring both a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which ran from Oct. 7 to Nov. 7, 2019, and the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase. Please read the Economic Development Funding Guidelines to learn more about the application process. Check this site regularly for updates or subscribe below to our mailing list to receive email updates.
RFP Application Period - Jan. 15, 2020 to Feb. 20, 2020 (2 p.m. PT)
** RFP open only by invitation to Organizations qualified through the RFQ process **
RFQ-qualified Organizations will receive an email on or prior to Jan. 15, 2020 containing a Sample RFP Application (in fillable Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats), a SeamlessDocs link to the online RFP Application, and RFP Financial Statements Templates (in Microsoft Excel format).
Step 1: Carefully read the FY2021 Economic Development Funding Guidelines (Updated Jan. 21, 2020)
Step 2: If you have questions, contact the Economic Development Department by emailing us at [email protected] 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 6. Please allow at least 1 hour for completing the application and uploading the attachments.
Step 6: Submit your RFP Application by the deadline of 2 p.m. PT on Feb. 20, 2020 through the City of San Diego SeamlessDocs portal. Please note that the online RFP Application must be completed entirely in one session.
Check here for Addendum postings after Jan. 27, 2020.
Jan. 15, 2020 (Wednesday): RFP release (The SeamlessDocs link to the RFP Application will be made available to Organizations already qualified through the RFQ process.)
Jan. 21, 2020 (Tuesday): Economic Development Funding RFP Informational Workshop, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Mission Valley Branch Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA 92108
**ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY AT THIS SESSION OR THE FEB. 4, 2020 SESSION**
Feb. 4, 2020 (Tuesday): Economic Development Funding RFP Informational Workshop (repeat of Jan. 21, 2020 session), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Mission Valley Branch Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA 92108
Feb. 7, 2020 (Friday): Additional RFP Addenda published, if necessary
Feb. 20, 2020 (Thursday): RFP Application deadline. RFP must be submitted electronically by 2 p.m. PT
Please subscribe to our Economic Development Funding mailing list to get email updates on applications, workshops and FAQs. You can also contact us through [email protected] to be added to the list.
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.