For Immediate Release

Sept. 24, 2021 – San Diego, CA – Chula Vista Community Foundation (CVCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, announces the availability of grant funding to strengthen the health and socio-emotional well-being of youth ages 12 to 24 throughout the Chula Vista community.

In the 2022 cycle, CVCF invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals specifically for Chula Vista that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant community and give youth the building blocks to recover from the pandemic. Proposals must be submitted online by no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021. The grant application can be accessed here.

CVCF is committed to the financial support of projects and programs that make the biggest impact in the lives of people who live, work and play within the geographic boundaries of Chula Vista. CVCF will award up to $50,000 to programs that support youth ages 12 to 24. Youth can include but are not limited to:

  • Youth transitioning from foster care
  • Foster youth
  • LGBTQ youth
  • At risk youth
  • Economically challenged youth

These projects should be culturally humble and sensitive, practical and achievable within a 12-month time frame, and have prospects for long-term sustainability.

“Through our current grant cycle, we want to work with local organizations closest to our youth to ensure that as a community we’re uplifting our young people academically, socially and emotionally,” said Carmen Richardson, CVCF board chair. “We’re looking forward to seeing our youth overcome some of the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic brought, and will continue to support their success every step of the way.”

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, although youth have not borne the most severe brunt of COVID-19 related to adults, the global pandemic and the advent of remote learning has disproportionately impacted youth’s mental, social and academic growth. As a result of this reality, the 2022 CVCF grant cycle is prioritizing youth and is looking to partner with organizations to develop programs that focus on the socio-emotional health and well-being in Chula Vista youth.

Programs can include but are not limited to:

  • Mental health
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Restorative justice
  • Civic engagement
  • Art programs & public art
  • Outdoor activities
  • Workforce training
  • Food insecurity
  • Education including trade school, higher education, experiences in arts and culture
  • STEAM or STEM programs

In its 10 years of grantmaking, CVCF has granted more than $550,000 to over 30 nonprofit programs that strengthen quality of life for all who live, work and enjoy Chula Vista.

For more information about the 2022 CVCF grant cycle, organizations are invited to attend the CVCF Grant Seekers Forum at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 6, via Zoom. To RSVP, please contact Estela Mitrani at by Tuesday, Oct. 5, to receive the Zoom credentials.

To become a CVCF member, visit the website or contact Estela Mitrani at

About the Chula Vista Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate program, including the Chula Vista Community Foundation, was established by The San Diego Foundation to create a regional network of affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership, building endowments, increasing impactful philanthropy, and promoting civic engagement. Affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $5 million overall, and granted more than $6 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region. Our strategic priorities include advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, building resilient communities, and delivering world-class philanthropy to realize our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities. For more than 46 years, The Foundation and its donors have granted more than $1.3 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at


Daniella Rodiles, Mixte Communications,, 760-829-3335