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Cal Coast Cares Foundation

California Coast Credit Union was founded in 1929 by local educators, and the non-profit Cal Coast Cares Foundation1 was created in 2015 to continue their legacy by supporting the local education community, including teachers, students and staff.

The Cal Coast Cares Foundation provides scholarships to deserving college students, graduating high school seniors and foster students who are in, or have been in, the foster care program in San Diego or Riverside Counties to pursue accredited degrees. The Foundation also supports local educators through grants for classroom projects.

Scholarships and Grants

Student Scholarships

Student Scholarships

High School—This scholarship award program recognizes outstanding students for their dedication to academic excellence and community leadership. The James L. McPheters Scholarship Program honors former California Coast Credit Union President/CEO James L. McPheters who retired after 21 years of service to the credit union. These scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors in San Diego or Riverside Counties to help further their education.

Current College Students—This scholarship award program provides monetary support to current college students in need of assistance with academic expenses (see eligible items for support on application form).

Foster/Former Foster Youth—This scholarship award program is for high school seniors and current college students who are in, or have been in, the foster care program in San Diego or Riverside Counties. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist foster youth in furthering their education.

Applications for Cal Coast Cares Foundation scholarships are typically available in January/February. For updates go to For questions related to Cal Coast Cares Foundation Student Scholarships, please contact Allie Kosciak at or (858) 636-4233.

Educator Grants

Educator Grants


The purpose of the Cal Coast Cares Foundation Educator Grants is to provide teachers in K-12 public, private or charter schools, community and state colleges/universities in San Diego or Riverside Counties with monetary support for classroom projects in teaching any of the STREAM fields (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

Eligibility Requirements

Grants are awarded for projects that have clear objectives, a strong evaluation component and indicate heavy student involvement with a goal of enhanced learning outcomes. Following are additional applicant and project eligibility requirements:

  1. Grant applicant must be teaching in K-12 public, private or charter schools, community or state colleges/universities in San Diego or Riverside Counties.
  2. Project must:
    • Be STREAM related (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, or Math)
    • Demonstrate a clear and compelling need
    • State well-defined, measurable, and realistic objectives and goals
    • Have a detailed budget for the project
    • Lead teacher must provide evidence of teaching experience and knowledge of the project subject matter

Use of Funds

Funds can be used to purchase equipment, project materials and other items that do not fall in the categories below:

Ineligible items:

  • Routine school supplies such as pens, pencils or paper
  • Field trip expenses
  • Transportation costs
  • Teacher salaries, compensation and/or incentives
  • Teacher training/development program expenses


Award recipients are required to submit a report to the Cal Coast Cares Foundation within one year of receipt of funding. The evaluation form is also required to apply and be eligible for future funding.

Selection Committee

The selection committee is made up of Cal Coast Cares Foundation Board members. Selection criteria include:

  1. Meeting eligibility requirements as outlined
  2. Clarity and quality of the application
  3. Educator credentials and experience
  4. The need (financial, teacher, and student needs)
  5. Project impact and relevance in STREAM areas
  6. Agree to submit a report within a year of the grant award
  7. Agree to allow Cal Coast to use grant project outcomes and stories in various Cal Coast community education and promotional communications

A total of $30,000 will be provided in 2020 with grants ranging from $500 to $2,000.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a member of California Coast Credit Union to apply for the Educator Grant?

No. Membership in California Coast Credit Union is encouraged, but not required, to apply.

Is there a fee to apply for the Educator Grant?

No. The application process does not require a fee.

What type of documentation is required to verify that I am teaching in K-12, public and private schools, community or state college in San Diego or Riverside Counties?

School I.D. card and references from the school.

Can I apply for multiple Educator Grants annually?

One application per educator per year. If your application is unsuccessful, you may reapply the following year.

Are support activities or projects outside the STREAM subject categories eligible for the grant?

No, the Educator Grant will not fund activities or projects that are not STREAM-focused.

Would an improvement on an existing STREAM-related project be eligible to apply?

Possibly, if the improvement met the eligibility requirements as noted in the criteria of the grant.

When will applicants be notified?

Approximately late August to mid-September.

If I receive funding in December, when can I reapply?

We ask that grant recipients reapply after one year from receipt of grant funds. Grant cycles typically begin in the first quarter of the calendar year.

Download Criteria & Application

Please review guidelines carefully before applying. The grant application must be received no later than August 31, 2020.

For questions related to Cal Coast Cares Foundation Educator Grants, please contact Allie Kosciak at (858) 636-4233.

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How You Can Help

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Support local students and teachers by making a secure credit/debit card donation here.2

Select the Cal Coast Cares Foundation as your charity on, and part of your purchases will support our local education community.3

Call (877) 495-1600 to donate from your account.2

You can also mail a contribution to: Cal Coast Cares Foundation, PO Box 421321, San Diego, CA 92124.

Questions? Visit any California Coast branch, call (877) 495-1600 or email

San Diego Small Business Relief Fund - COVID19

Thank you to all those who donated to the San Diego Small Business Relief Fund – COVID19 in support of small businesses in our community. California Coast Credit Union and the Cal Coast Cares Foundation1, in partnership with the City of San Diego, San Diego Grantmakers and GoFundMe are happy to announce that the relief fund has reached a grand total of over $700,000! Because of your contributions, many local small businesses will be receiving much needed grant funding to assist them during these difficult times. Thank you for coming together to help us to strengthen our small business community.

1The Cal Coast Cares Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID Number 47-5249703.
2Cash donations are tax-deductible as applicable by law. Consult your tax advisor for additional information.
3Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax-deductible.


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