I’m an individual who is affected by COVID-19. Can this fund help me?

If you are a San Diego resident in need of assistance withrental, mortgage and utility assistance, please apply for assistance with the United Way of San Diego CountyTo get information about other resources and support in San Diego,contact 211 San Diego to be directed to a service provider.

The health and well-being of the San Diego community is of vital importance. We understand many individuals and families have been impacted by the outbreak and more will continue to be affected. The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will provide resources to nonprofit organizations with deep roots in supporting vulnerable communities across San Diego County. The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund is not able to provide direct grants to individuals. It will support local nonprofit organizations that have deep experience providing people and families with services and support.

What organizations and efforts will this fund support?

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will provide resources to nonprofit organizations working with communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Funding will focus on four critical areas:

  1. Food security
  2. Rental and utility assistance
  3. Income replacement or gap funding
  4. No-interest loans for nonprofit organizations


Hosted and administered by The San Diego Foundation in collaboration with County Board of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, the co-chair of the County’s COVID-19 subcommittee, and seeded with $1 million from San Diego Gas & Electric and $300,000 from The San Diego Foundation, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will receive donations and make emergency grants to nonprofit organizations that have deep roots and strong experience supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences.

Grant funding will focus on three critical areas: food security, rental and utility assistance, and income replacement or gap funding. A new category of assistance has also been added: no-interest loans for nonprofit organizations to provide business and community service continuity. The coalition is working in close collaboration with local government, health agencies, nonprofits, businesses and other community partners to identify regional needs and assess potential grant recipients.

The Fund expects to move an initial round of grants within the next few weeks with funds released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues through outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.

One hundred percent of donations will go to organizations helping San Diegans impacted by the health crisis. The fund will complement the work of public health officials and help expand nonprofit capacity.

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