May 17, 2024 – San Diego, CA – On Thursday, May 16, Chula Vista Community Foundation (CVCF), an affiliate of San Diego Foundation (SDF), held its Annual Grant Awards Celebration and awarded $63,800 to three local nonprofits that provide programs that address the need for education projects supporting science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM), technical training, small business assistance, and increased access and resources for those facing barriers.

“We were overwhelmed by the response to this year’s grant cycle. More than 70 different nonprofits serving Chula Vista applied, showing the need for support for educational programs in Chula Vista,” said Lisa Johnson, CVCF Board Chair. “We are very excited by the projects being awarded, which will provide services for entrepreneurs, elementary STEAM education and healthcare workforce preparedness.”

Since 2011, CVCF has granted more than $745,000 to over 40 nonprofit programs that strengthen the quality of life for all who live, work and enjoy Chula Vista.

The list of 2024-2025 grantees includes:

  • Accessity – $10,000 for Technical Assistance for Chula Vista Small Businesses. Accessity will connect Chula Vista small business owners with the training and technical assistance they need to start or grow their businesses, support their families and create jobs in the community.
  • Generation STEAM – $20,000 for Life Science Station, which provides free access to high-quality education and career opportunities. LSS levels the playing field for 4,000 Chula Vista Elementary School District students who may not otherwise have had access to these opportunities.
  • Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation – $33,800 for their Healthcare Boost Camp. This program offers training and access to students who are interested in sports medicine and related healthcare fields, especially those students who face societal barriers and inequities.

To become a CVCF member, visit the website or contact Michael Oliveri at

About Chula Vista Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate program, including the Chula Vista Community Foundation, was established by 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, Oceanside, Ramona and Rancho Bernardo. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $5 million overall, and granted more than $9 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

About San Diego Foundation

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 49 years, SDF and its donors have granted more than $1.8 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at

Contact: Lorena Nava Ruggero, San Diego Foundation,, 619-814-1365