INSPIRATION Fund

The Inspiration Fund provides grants to nonprofits and schools in San Diego County, California, to support programs that directly teach the principles of entrepreneurship and/or philanthropy to K-12  students.

Application Requirements for the Inspiration Fund

In order to be considered for a grant through the Inspiration Fund, the request should meet the following criteria:
  • The organization is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 public charity (public schools do qualify under their school district’s EIN).
  • The program itself directly teaches principles of entrepreneurship and/or philanthropy to students, or to educators who will relay those principles to K-12 students.
  • The purpose of the program is related to teaching principles of entrepreneurship and/or philanthropy.
  • The program serves participants located in San Diego County of California.

For More Information and a full summary of requirements, download the Impact & Inspiration Fund Grant Information Packet.

Grant Cycle & Details

  • The Inspiration Fund has two application deadlines annually: June 15 and November 15
  • Applicants must submit a Pre-Application Form by May 15 (June deadline) or October 15 (November deadline). A member of our team will follow-up within two weeks and provide the full application if your request meets the criteria to apply.
  • Applications will be reviewed after each deadline and award notifications will be sent no later than 45 days following each deadline.
  • Grant awards typically range between $1,000 and $25,000 depending on program reach and scope. If your Pre-Application submission meets fund criteria, we will discuss/suggest a suitable request amount/range.

Funding Requirements & Limitations

  • An organization may receive a grant from the Inspiration Fund once per calendar year.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit a grant report upon program completion. Reports must be submitted prior to application for subsequent grants.
  • Organizations may receive funding for three consecutive calendar years, and then must take a one year break before applying for additional funding.
  • All grant recognition should be attributed to OtterCares Foundation. Approved logos and brand guidelines will be provided via email, upon request.

Please be advised that OtterCares does not currently fund for the following:

  • Political campaigns and/or legislative lobbying efforts
  • Reproductive choice advocacy groups
  • Direct support for individuals
  • Building/construction projects
  • General operating support/unrestricted funds
  • Travel expenses
  • Organizations redirecting funding outside of San Diego County.

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