The San Diego Foundation Awards $315,000 in Grants to Support Age-Friendly Programs for Older San Diegans

For Immediate Release

October 19, 2021 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation announced today that it has awarded $315,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations leading local efforts to support and improve quality of life for older San Diegans.

“With our partners, the Age-Friendly Communities initiative envisions a region where people of all ages are engaged, valued and afforded equitable opportunities,” said Katie Rast, Director of Community Impact at The San Diego Foundation. “Recognizing that in 2020 nearly a quarter of all San Diegans experiencing homelessness were over the age of 55, the most recent round of grantmaking reflects a regional strategy that includes housing, along with health and transportation to support equity in aging.”

According to California’s Master Plan for Aging, aging adults throughout the state face economic precarities associated with high housing, health care and support costs. With nearly one-third of older Californians experiencing economic insecurity and struggling to afford basic needs, expanding access to services that support older adults is a critical need throughout the region.

Eligible organizations received a maximum of $30,000 per proposal. The $315,000 in funds will support 11 initiatives led by organizations who, in partnership with The San Diego Foundation, have demonstrated alignment with existing Age-Friendly municipal action plans.

About the 2021 Grantees:

About the Age-Friendly Communities Program

In partnership with Del Mar Healthcare Inc., The San Diego Foundation launched the Age-Friendly Communities Program in 2015 to address the region’s shifting demography and create more livable environments for people of all ages. The AFC program works directly with stakeholders and local governments to promote programs and systems-level changes that create more livable environments for people of all ages. The Age-Friendly Communities program is made possible by the generous support of donors, including catalyzing contributions by the Del Mar Healthcare Fund at The San Diego Foundation, and more recent gifts from the Diane Johnson Fund at The San Diego Foundation. 

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


Lorena Nava Ruggero, The San Diego Foundation,, 619-309-5179

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