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Availability of grant funding was announced by the Chula Vista Community Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, awarding up to $50,000 to programs that support youth 12-24 years of age in it’s 2022 grant cycle.

Nonprofit organizations are invited to submit project proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant community and give the building blocks to recover from the pandemic. Submission of these proposals must be done no later than 5 p.m on Monday, Nov.1, 2021. 

The global pandemic and the advent of remote learning has disproportionately impacted youth’s mental, social and academic growth according to the Kaiser Family FoundationAs a result, this grant cycle prioritizes Chula Vista’s youth and is looking to partner with organizations in developing programs that focus on their socio-emotional health and well-being.

All project proposals must be achievable within a 12-month time frame and be practical, culturally humble, sensitive and specific to the city of Chula Vista. The goal is to demonstrate the power to build more vibrant communities and provide the building blocks to recover from the pandemic. 

“Through our current grant cycle, we want to work with local organizations closest to our youth to ensure that as a community we’re uplifting our young people academically, socially and emotionally,” said Carmen Richardson, CVCF board chair. “We’re looking forward to seeing our youth overcome some of the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic brought, and will continue to support their success every step of the way.”

Over the course of 10 years, the CVCF granted over $550,000 to more than 30 nonprofit programs in Chula Vista that strengthen the quality of life for those within the geographic bounds of the city. 

Nonprofit organizations submitting project proposals may provide aid to youth transitioning from or in foster care, LGBTQ youth, at-risk youth and youth who are economically disadvantaged. 

Programs can include but are not limited to:

  • Mental health
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Restorative justice
  • Civic engagement
  • Art programs & public art
  • Outdoor activities
  • Workforce training
  • Food insecurity
  • Education including trade school, higher education, experiences in arts and culture
  • STEAM or STEM programs

Organizations looking for more information regarding qualifications may view Grantseeker FAQ on the CVCF website, where they can also access the grant application

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