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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.

Each year, the Cal Coast Cares Foundation provides over $60,000 in scholarships to deserving college students and graduating high school seniors in San Diego and Riverside counties to pursue accredited degrees. And now, the Foundation also supports local educators through grants.

Anyone can help transform lives by supporting education. Find out how you can make a difference below.

How You Can Help

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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.

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 and/or Riverside Counties to help further their education. Click here to view more details about the scholarship program and download the application. 

College Bound—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—lThis scholarship award program is for current college students who are in, or have been in, the foster care program. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist foster youth in furthering their education. Click here to view more details about the scholarship program and download the application.

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

Educator Grants

Educator Grants


The purpose of the Cal Coast Cares Foundation Educator Grants is to provide teachers working in K-12 public and private charter schools, community and state colleges/universities in San Diego County or Riverside County with monetary support to further their efforts 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 and private 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 compelling need
    • State well-defined, measurable, and realistic objectives and goals
    • Have a clear and realistic evaluation plan
    • Have a realistic, detailed, and clear budget for the project

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 above
  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 $10,000 will be awarded in 2018 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 mid to late August.

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 deadline to submit applications is July 31, 2018.

Applications for Educator Grants are typically available in March. Check back frequently for updates. For questions related to Cal Coast Cares Foundation Educator Grants, please contact Carol Kennedy at or (858) 636-3012.

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

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.

Month of a Million Meals

California Coast Credit Union and KGTV Channel 10 are teaming up to help families in need this holiday season. When you donate to the Cal Coast Cares Foundation between now and December 31, 2018, donations will be matched up to $2,500 to support Feeding San Diego’s Month of a Million Meals. Click here to donate today.

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