COVID-19 Community Response Fund grants $11.4 million to support families
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The San Diego Foundation announced on July 8 the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has granted an additional $11.4 million to 25 nonprofit organizations working on the frontline of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.  


The latest round of grantmaking includes $10 million, thanks to contributions of $5 million each from San Diego County and the City of San Diego, which will provide childcare for essential workers and other at-risk populations during the coronavirus pandemic response. 


“This crisis has placed increased burdens on our healthcare professionals, first responders and other essential workers,” shared Mark Stuart, president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “With many schools, daycare facilities and camps closed, families are struggling to find and afford childcare. We can now provide hundreds of at-risk children with childcare and assist parents on the frontlines of the pandemic.”  


The combined $10 million will support the Emergency Child Care Voucher program, which is administered by YMCA of San Diego County and Child Development Associates to provide essential workers and at-risk children with childcare during the public health crisis. 


“As cases rise and the COVID-19 crisis persists, the needs of San Diegans across the region are growing exponentially,” continued Stuart. “The COVID-19 Community Response Fund continues to support relief efforts while also addressing the inequities that exist within our healthcare, education and economic systems.”  


Total grantmaking from the fund has now surpassed $24.6 million to more than 150 nonprofit organizations. In addition to childcare support, the 13th round of rapid response grants will provide critical resources to San Diegans impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including technology for students at risk of falling behind in school, food and financial assistance for seniors living in remote areas of the region, and health services for underserved communities across San Diego County. Since March 16, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund has received more than $50 million in requests from hundreds of nonprofit organizations. 


To date, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has raised $27.2 million in donations through more than 3,200 individuals, businesses, foundations and donor-advised funds.  


The latest round of rapid response grants includes: 


Child Development Associates, Inc. - $5,000,000 

To provide childcare vouchers and support for essential workers and low-income families 


YMCA of San Diego County - $5,000,000 

To provide childcare vouchers and support for essential workers and low-income families 


San Diego Hunger Coalition - $225,000 

To expand food distribution systems and increase the number of meals provided throughout the County 


Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation - $150,000 

To provide financial assistance, resilience training and support for nonprofits in Southeast San Diego 


San Diego Oasis - $120,000 

To provide online connectivity and wellness activities to isolated seniors 


Center on Policy Initiatives - $100,000 

To provide critical support to San Diego seniors, indigenous, immunocompromised and other impacted communities in Southeast San Diego and South Bay 


National City Chamber Foundation - $100,000 

To support a job creation and training program, as well as promote employment opportunities for residents in South Bay 


Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans - $100,000 

To provide financial assistance and aid for local refugee families 


Labor’s Training & Community Development Alliance (via Employee Rights Center) - $75,000 

To provide basic needs and financial assistance for low-income families and immigrants 


Kitchens for Good - $75,000 

To increase meal production and distribution for families in need 


Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce - $100,000 

To provide financial assistance to black-owned small businesses and their employees 


San Diego Fisherman’s Working Group - $55,000 

To support a pilot program connecting healthy, fresh seafood sources to local nonprofits and food banks 


Mental Health America of San Diego County - $50,000 

To provide mental health services for ethnically-diverse, underserved communities  


Rise Up Industries - $50,000 

To provide career and reintegration support for formerly gang-involved and incarcerated adults seeking employment 


ElderHelp of San Diego - $50,000 

To provide essential resources for seniors, especially those who are isolated or home bound with limited access to food, medical services and family support 


Groundwork San Diego - $40,000 

To provide online STEM curriculum to overcome learning loss for students in Encanto 


San Diego LGBT Community Center - $24,000  

To provide virtual crisis counseling, support and other essential services such as food, housing and healthcare to the LGBTQ community 


Wesley House Student Residence Inc. - $20,000 

To assist vulnerable college students with technology access, housing security and other basic needs 


Alliance for HOPE International - $17,000 

To provide trauma-informed telehealth services for San Diego children 


Borrego Springs Youth & Seniors Center - $14,000 

To provide food security for seniors in remote areas of San Diego County 


Girls Inc. of San Diego County - $10,000 

To provide online access, STEM training and wellness programs for San Diego females 


Boys to Men Mentoring Network, Inc. - $10,000 

To provide virtual support and mentoring services to at-risk, fatherless and disconnected boys in San Diego 


St. Paul’s PACE - $10,000 

To provide food security and all-inclusive healthcare for low-income seniors 


Vista Community Clinic - $10,000 

To provide food security and healthcare resources for residents in Oceanside and Vista 


Foundation for Senior Wellbeing - $8,000 

To provide virtual counseling, wellness checks and resources for seniors 


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 575 community foundations that have mobilized nearly $1 billion 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. 


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