COVID-19 Community Response Fund Surpasses $50 Million in Grants to Help San Diegans in Need

For Immediate Release

Funding includes $25 million through the San Diego County Childcare Provider Grant Program which will deliver critical resources to the local childcare sector

August 26, 2020 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has granted more than $50 million to over 180 nonprofit organizations helping San Diegans impacted by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

The latest round of grantmaking includes $620,000 to 13 nonprofits delivering much-needed food assistance, healthcare and financial support to local communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The funding also includes $25 million through the San Diego County Childcare Provider Grant Program, a partnership between the County of San Diego, The San Diego Foundation, Child Development Associates and YMCA of San Diego County that will distribute $25 million in CARES Act funding to childcare providers impacted by COVID-19.

“While the crisis is far from over, I’m proud to say that our region continues to meet the moment and help our communities hardest hit by COVID-19,” shared Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “Together, thanks to the generosity of thousands of San Diegans, we have been able to distribute more than $50 million in relief, comfort and hope into every corner of our County.”

Since March 16, The San Diego Foundation has raised more than $52.9 million for the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund through 3,390 individuals, businesses, foundations and donor-advised funds, including an additional $250,000 from the Diane Johnson Charitable Fund at The San Diego Foundation.

The latest round of rapid response grants includes:

Child Development Associates, Inc. – $11,500,000

To assist childcare providers with staffing, supplies, mortgage and rental assistance, business resilience and capital improvements for outdoor areas.

YMCA of San Diego County – $11,500,000

To assist childcare providers with staffing, supplies, mortgage and rental assistance, business resilience and capital improvements for outdoor areas.

Feeding San Diego – $100,000

To support the East County mobile pantry program delivering food to rural neighborhoods with high poverty and food deserts, including Alpine, Bonsall, Borrego Springs, Boulevard, Campo, Descanso, Fallbrook, Guatay, Jacumba, Julian, Oceanside, Pauma, Potrero, San Marcos, Shelter Valley and Vista

San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation – $100,000

To support the Right Recovery: Business Assistance/Anchor Institution Collaborative, assisting small businesses and creating long-term resiliency by building sustainable connections to customers and markets

USO San Diego – $100,000

To provide essential food and product support to active-duty military family members across San Diego County, including new drive-thru distribution sites

Partnership for a Better San Diego – AFL-CIO – $60,000

To purchase storage, refrigeration and other critical equipment, as well as transportation to assist with food distributions

I Am My Brother’s Keeper – $50,000

To provide food and personal protective equipment to low-to-moderate income families

Gary & Mary West Senior Dental Center – $46,000

To provide seniors with affordable, high-quality oral healthcare with comprehensive education, and clinical and wellness services

Via International – $29,000

To support food distribution in the District 4 Promise Zone

Workers Relief Initiative (via Mission Edge) – $28,838

To provide financial assistance to employees affected by layoffs and reduced working hours

People’s Legal Services – $25,000

To respond to the increased need for low-cost legal services in the areas of landlord-tenant, family law, immigration and small claims

San Diego Arts + Culture Challenge Initiative (via Mission Edge) – $25,000

To provide flexible resources for individual artists and creative workers in financial distress, including historically marginalized Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists and creatives

We All We Got SD (via Mission Edge) – $24,000

To support non-English speaking families and communities underserved by health and social service systems

Jewish Family Service – $20,000

To provide meal delivery to seniors unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19 related health concerns

Western Service Workers Association (via Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans) – $15,000

To provide weekly food distribution, utility payment advocacy, and medical service referrals to low-income service workers and families

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 more than $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.


About the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at The San Diego Foundation was created in partnership with San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, San Diego Gas & Electric, United Way of San Diego County, San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, NEWS 8 and Alliance Healthcare Foundation to receive donations and make rolling rapid response grants to nonprofit organizations supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences. Grants currently focus on education, including bridging the digital divide, closing the gap on learning loss and accessing quality, affordable early childhood education and developmental care, as well as other emergent needs. Thousands of individuals, businesses and foundations have contributed to the Fund, and 100 percent of donations are provided to nonprofits. Learn more at

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve quality of life in our region. For more than 45 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.2 billion to support nonprofit organizations and strengthen our San Diego community. Learn more at and consider a donation to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, helping nonprofits and San Diegans affected by the coronavirus pandemic.


Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 336-254-7056,

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