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Educator Grant Application Now Available


Cal Coast Cares Foundation - Educator Grants Now Available

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 7, 2020.

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

Strengthening our Small Business Community

Our local businesses are the heart of San Diego and our community thrives when our small businesses thrive.

California Coast Credit Union is proud to announce a partnership with the City of San Diego and San Diego Grantmakers to create the San Diego Small Business Relief Fund – COVID19 to provide grants to small businesses heavily impacted by the pandemic.

This is an opportunity for local corporations and individuals to come together to show our SD STRONG spirit by donating to this relief fund. To kick it off, California Coast has donated $100,000. Other local companies have also generously contributed, bringing the relief fund to over $575,000 as of April 30th. The credit union’s Cal Coast Cares Foundation is receiving donations on behalf of the relief fund.1

Individuals and corporations who want to help support San Diego small businesses can donate to the fund in the following ways—

For individual donations under $2,000

Donate Now

Financial Institution: California Coast Credit Union
Routing number: 322281578
Account number: 979884-18
Account name: SD Small Bus Relief Fund/CV19

Financial Institution: California Coast Credit Union
Routing number: 322281578
Account number: 10180000979884
Account name: SD Small Bus Relief Fund/CV19

San Diego Small Business Relief Fund – COVID19
c/o Cal Coast Cares Foundation
9201 Spectrum Center Blvd., Ste. 300
San Diego, CA 92123

Click here for more information on the SD Small Business Relief Fund – COVID19.

1The Cal Coast Cares Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID Number 47-5249703. Cash donations are tax-deductible as applicable by law. Consult your tax advisor for additional information.

Business Hours Temporarily Changing

Effective April 10, 2020

Effective April 10, 2020, the standard business hours for all Cal Coast branches will temporarily change to the following: 

  • Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday (at select branches): 9 am - 1 pm 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and encourage you to take advantage of our online and mobile banking services to check balances, make payments, transfer funds, make deposits, and more. Additionally, you can continue to use our 30,000 nationwide surcharge free ATMs to access your funds. 

Tips to Avoid Financial Scams

May 7, 2020

At California Coast Credit Union the safety and security of your accounts is our top priority. In times of crisis financial fraud often spikes as fraudsters take advantage of people’s hopes and fears.

Remember these tips to stay safe—

  • Do not provide your Personal Identification Information (PII) over the phone or online, even if the person claims to be from California Coast. This includes your name, address, social security number, account number or other identifying information.
  • Scammer scare tactics often include calling and impersonating a Fraud department in an attempt to collect PII. California Coast Credit Union will never ask for Personal Identification Information when contacting you to validate potential fraudulent activity.
  • Be suspicious of any offer via email or telephone that appears too good to be true. Always determine if the person or business you are interacting with is legitimate. If in doubt, go directly to the company's website or call a reputable number to verify any information.
  • Do not click links or download files from unsolicited emails or other electronic communications. Fraudsters send emails and use malicious tactics to get victims to click links that can compromise their online banking credentials, credit card numbers, or other Personal Identification Information (PII).
  • Please be wary of information related to COVID-19 cures, vaccinations, product shortages, and updates. Do not click links on any unsolicited emails or other electronic communications related to this topic. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), there are currently no approved products available that can treat the virus. Click here for specific COVID-19 scams to watch out for.

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, please contact the credit union immediately at (877) 495-1600.

For more information regarding these ongoing scams, please refer to the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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