COVID-19 Community Response Fund grants $1.2 million to support tribal communities and families in need
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The San Diego Foundation today announced the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has granted an additional $1.2 million to 20 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 healthcare and technology for tribal communities, shelter for homeless residents and financial assistance for families and individuals experiencing job loss.


“Our work during the pandemic crisis has been daunting and eye-opening,” shared Mark Stuart, president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The pandemic has not affected all of us evenly and as we begin to recover together, it’s important that we focus on those longstanding inequities in order to build a healthier and safer future for all San Diegans.”


In addition, partners announced that the San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) is accepting applications at The program is designed to provide low-to-no-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus. SBNLP is made possible through a partnership between The San Diego Foundation, San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Mission Driven Finance, Accion, the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center Network, and the California Southern Small Business Development Corporation.


To date, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has raised $16.7 million in donations through more than 3,200 individuals, businesses, foundations and donor-advised funds.


The latest round of rapid response grants includes:


YWCA of San Diego County - $150,000    

To provide resources and critical support for young mothers and children experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence


Free to Thrive - $100,000    

To provide legal and financial assistance to survivors of human trafficking


Habitat for Humanity - $100,000    

To provide resources and housing stability to San Diegans experiencing income loss


MANA de San Diego - $100,000     

To provide basic needs and education resources to high school students and their families


North County Health Project Inc. - $100,000        

To provide COVID-19 testing and health screening, especially for uninsured San Diegans


Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association - $100,000

To provide technology and resources critical for schoolwork, healthcare and employment


Voices for Children - $100,000       

To provide virtual recruitment and training for new CASA volunteers, and continued service to children and caregivers sheltering in place


San Diego American Indian Health Center - $75,000      

To provide telehealth services and critical supplies to individuals and families


Inter Tribal Long Term Recovery Foundation - $50,000

To provide emergency support to low-wage individuals and families from tribal communities who are experiencing financial distress, as well as technology for students


Kumeyaay Community College - $50,000

To provide technology, online cultural education and assistance with college readiness


Vista Community Clinic - $50,000

To provide for basic needs and emergency assistance for San Diegans in need


Crisis House - $35,000        

To provide shelter and resources to prevent homelessness and support family stabilization


Indian Health Council - $30,000

To provide safety equipment and hygiene supplies for tribal members in rural San Diego County


Boys & Girls Clubs of San Marcos - $25,000       

To provide technology, virtual programming and food security to children and families


Emilio Nares Foundation - $25,000           

To provide COVID-19 compliant transportation to healthcare for immune-compromised children


Karen Organization - $25,000         

To provide critical services and resources to immigrants and refugees


Lawrence Family Jewish Community Centers of San Diego County - $25,000          

To support COVID-19 compliance of childcare services for children of first responders and medical personnel


National University - $25,000         

To provide online learning programs for high school and college students


Center for Employment Opportunities - $25,000

To provide food assistance and gift cards to formerly incarcerated San Diegans


NoSilence NoViolence - $20,000

To provide support for women living under the threat of domestic violence


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 $750 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 to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund.


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