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San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund Grants $400,000 to Help First Responders and Low-Income Workers


Read the full press release on The San Diego Foundation's website.

The San Diego Foundation today announced $400,000 in rapid response grants from the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support the immediate needs of first responders, low-income workers and other hard-hit communities impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Rapid response grants include $100,000 to support a collaboration between the YMCA of San Diego County Child Care Resource Service and Child Development Associates; $100,000 to Tri-City Hospital Foundation; $100,000 to Feeding San Diego; and $100,000 to Interfaith Community Services.

To date, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has granted more than $1.15 million to local nonprofit organizations responding to regional community needs from the coronavirus public health crisis and raised $6.5 million thanks to hundreds of individual and business contributions. Businesses, individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at

The San Diego Foundation has also formed the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund Leadership Council. The Council is comprised of community experts in civic leadership, public health, grantmaking, communications and fundraising and will inform fund efforts during the coronavirus public health crisis.

“During this challenging time, San Diegans are going above and beyond to support their neighbors, uplift the needy and give to families hit hardest by COVID-19,” expressed Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “Every day, we are seeing the needs of our local communities grow and we hope that the generosity of San Diegans will continue to grow with them.”

Rapid response grants include:

YMCA of San Diego County Child Care Resource Service and Child Development Associates ($100,000)

Grant funding will provide childcare support and food assistance to first responders and essential employees who are critical to the workforce and safety of our region during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding will also support low-income workers who rely on subsidized care and services to stay afloat. Families seeking assistance can learn more at the YMCA website.

Tri-City Hospital Foundation ($100,000)

Grant funding will provide emergency responders and healthcare personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak with the assistance and emergency supplies needed to treat coronavirus patients.

Interfaith Community Services ($100,000)

Grant funding will help provide San Diegans feeling the health and economic consequences of the coronavirus with individualized support, including rent and utility assistance, transportation, and urgent medical and healthcare expenses.

Feeding San Diego ($100,000)

Grant funding will provide hunger relief for seniors, children and low-income families who rely on food programs to survive and cannot afford to stock up on supplies during times of emergency. To locate a food distribution center, visit the Feeding San Diego website or call 2-1-1.