Self Sufficiency Grant Guidelines

The Leichtag Foundation defines the North County Coastal Region as the area north of the town of Del Mar and west of Highway 15. This region includes the following communities: Bonsall, Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Fallbrook, Oceanside, San Marcos, Solana Beach, and Vista.

Please check back occasionally for updates to our strategies.

Strategic Area 1:

  • Building self-sufficiency in the North San Diego County Coastal Region through giving people the tools and services they need in order to break the cycle of poverty.

Since our work is inspired by the Jewish heritage of the Leichtag family, it is important to note in this Framework that there is no higher level of tzedakah (a concept that embraces important notions of charity and justice according to Jewish tradition) than enabling those in need to become self-sufficient.

Our target population is individuals and families who fall below the Self-Sufficiency Standard for San Diego County, as defined by the Center on Policy Initiatives and Insight Center for Community Economic Development. Informed by the Leichtag family’s philanthropic interests and personal experiences as well as the demographics of the North Coastal Region, we prioritize support of programs working with the single mothers, transitional aged youth, families of active military and veterans.

Our sub-strategies in the area of self-sufficiency are:

  • HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS:  Improving dignified access to fresh produce for low-income households. 
    • PROCUREMENT & DISTRIBUTION: Increase the quantity of fresh, healthy and locally-grown food available through traditional & non-traditional food access points.

Leichtag Foundation does not fund community gardens or CalFresh outreach, nutrition counseling and/or cooking classes that are not part of a larger effort to meet one of the objectives above.

  • PATHWAYS TO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY:  Eliminating barriers and creating pathways to economic opportunity through projects that contribute to a healthy, sustainable, and equitable local food system.
    • WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT:  Work readiness and advanced skills training programs for job placement, retention and career advancement. Priority will be given to programs connected to food system / local food economy.
    • FARM AND FOOD RELATED BUSINESSES DEVELOPMENT: Programs that provide resources and training for disadvantaged small business owners, including farmers. Opportunities to increase local food production and the procurement of locally grown and produced foods are also considered.

Leichtag Foundation cannot make grants to individuals or for-profit businesses.

  • ADVOCACY & POLICY REFORM: Advancing the goal of self-sufficiency, with an orientation to food systems and food access, through systemic change.
    • Nonpartisan Research and Communications
    • Networks and Collaboratives
    • Systems, data and performance management capabilities

Recent Self-Sufficiency News:

  • Jewish Food Justice Fellows Hosting Sunset & Havdalah! June 12, 2018 Enjoy a sunset picnic and Havdalah at the most beautiful lookout point on Leichtag Commons, hosted by returning Jewish Food Justice Fellows! There will be song, drink, dessert, and discussion to help wrap up Shabbat and glide into the new week. Bring your favorite meal and welcome Shabbat with a sunset at the most beautiful point in Leichtag Commons, ...
  • A Conversation With Becca Heller, International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) June 14, 2017 Becca Heller, Director and Co-Founder of International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) joined us for a conversation regarding the controversial travel ban, the recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, and what action steps you can take to support refugees. Watch the video! Interview ...
  • Full Video – We Were Refugees – Educate to Action March 9th March 10, 2017
  • Call to Action from “We Were Refugees Too: Educate to Action” – March 8th, 2017 March 9, 2017 Remarks by Charlene Seidle, Executive Vice President of Leichtag Foundation at the March 9th “We Were Refugees Too: Educate-to-Action” event at Temple Emanu-el. This weekend, we will celebrate Purim, the ultimate holiday of social justice. Purim is about turning the expected on its head. It’s about revealing the potential for goodness that often seems hidden. Purim ...
  • One Year Later: Our Work with San Diego’s Syrian Refugee Community September 12, 2016 Read it on Medium Read this post on Medium to get the full experience! “The stranger that lives with you shall be to you like the native, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:34) September 2016 | Rosh Hashanah 5777 Dear friends, As we approach Rosh Hashanah, ...