COVID-19 Community Response Fund grants $1.4 Million to support distance learning
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The San Diego Foundation announced the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has granted an additional $1.4 million to 10 nonprofit organizations working on the frontline of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. 


The latest round of rapid response grants will provide critical resources to San Diego communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including resources for schools to provide distance learning to San Diego students, individualized support for immigrants and refugees who have been unable to access emergency relief funding, as well as financial assistance for military and veteran families. 


“As teachers prepare for summer and fall classes amid the ongoing pandemic, they face new challenges to provide the same, high-level education,” shared Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “These grants will help ensure that our students, particularly those at risk of falling behind, continue to have the tools they need.”  


To date, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has raised $16.8 million in donations through more than 3,200 individuals, businesses, foundations and donor-advised funds, including an additional $1.5 million from San Diego Gas & Electric.  


The latest round of rapid response grants includes: 


Classroom of the Future - $550,000  

To provide the resources and support needed for high school distance learning in the south, north and eastern parts of San Diego County.  


Partnership for Advancement of New Americans - $300,000  

To provide critical resources for 10 nonprofits serving African refugee families in San Diego. 


Rider Safety Visibility - $200,000  

To provide training and increase employment opportunities for youth living in District 4. 


Urban Corps - $150,000 

To support high school students and youth with workforce development opportunities in fire prevention to protect low-income households.   


Jewish Family Services - $100,000  

To provide critical support and basic needs to immigrants and refugees through the Rapid Response Network. 


Labor's Training & Community Development Alliance (via United Taxi Works of San Diego) - $25,000  

To provide multi-lingual support to African immigrants so they can access emergency relief resources. 


Zero8hundred- $50,000  

To provide health, education and employment support and resources for veterans and active military members transitioning out of service during COVID-19. 


Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation - $47,167  

Made possible by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the League of California Community Foundations, the grant will provide food security for farmworkers and community members in needed. 


International Community Foundation - $25,000  

To support bi-national, collaborative efforts that will address cross-border COVID-19 health treatment and risks. 


Operation Homefront - $25,000  

To provide flexible resources for veterans and military families facing financial hardship. 


In addition to grantmaking from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund efforts, the San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) continues to accept applications at for low-to-no-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus.  


Businesses, individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at  


The San Diego Foundation is part of a national movement of more than 400 community foundations that have mobilized over $900 million to aid in the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis through response funds. Individual donations are bolstered by San Diego corporations and numerous donor-advised funds at The San Diego Foundation that have contributed more than $8.3 million to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund. 

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