RSF Garden Club announces new board member and the 2019 grant application process to fund horticulture and conservation efforts


The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club recently announce the addition of Jennifer Perkinson to the board of directors. Perkinson moved to the San Diego area in 1998 from New England. Over the past 20 years she has worked as a financial advisor with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She currently is a senior partner with the VCMPT Group, a 14-member team within Merrill Lynch. Professionally, she is actively involved in Bank of America’s Community Volunteer Network, a member of Bank of America’s Women’s Exchange San Diego chapter, and a current member of Athena, focused on promoting professional growth of women in science and technology.

The Garden Club also announced the application process for the 2019 grant cycle, where it will be doubling the amount of grant funds from $50,000 to $100,000. Beginning Feb 1, 2019, the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is requesting applications to award funding for projects or initiatives that meet the organization’s mission to “further the development of charitable horticulture and charitable conservation activities, both within and outside the community of Rancho Santa Fe.”

This upcoming fiscal year will include $100,000 in total awards to selected grant recipients and will be distributed among as many qualifying applicants and in monetary amounts the board of directors deems appropriate. Entities eligible to apply for a grant include 501c3 charitable organizations in San Diego County.

The grant application form can be found online at along with an outline of criteria that successful applicants must satisfy, and an explanation of the process that the Grant Committee will use to award the funds. For more details contact Shelly Hart, executive director, at (858) 756-1554 or

Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2019 at 12 p.m. Grant winners will receive their grant award at the RSF Garden Club’s Annual Meeting held on May 29, 2019.