San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Program - Education Impacts

The San Diego Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Technology Access & Digital Literacy Parental Involvement in Education Educational Access & Equity Special Needs Education English-As-A-Second-Language (ESL) Education Academic Success & Enrichment Career/College Preparation Children’s Mental Health Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: San Diego County, California

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The COVID-19 pandemic is anticipated to impact learning and educational outcomes for years to come. From Pre-K to post-secondary, these impacts will be especially hard felt by the children, youth, and young adults who were already underserved and most deeply impacted by disparities in our educational system; low-income, first-generation, Indigenous students and students of color, English-language learners, youth in foster care or formerly foster care youth, youth involved in the justice and child welfare systems, and students with disabilities and different learning styles.

Given the critical role education plays in our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the wellbeing of our young people and the prosperity of our region, The San Diego Foundation will focus future investments from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund on education-related impacts and community response efforts that:

  • Prioritize children and youth most adversely impacted by learning loss and the digital divide.
  • Ensure families, homes, schools, and communities are able to support successful starts and transitions in educational pathways.
  • Activate creative collaboration and our region's environmental assets as sources and spaces of learning and social and emotional wellbeing for students.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The San Diego Foundation only grants funds to 501(c)3 organizations.
    • Programs that do not have a 501(c)3 designation but are fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 are eligible. 
  • Previous recipients of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund are eligible to apply but first-time applications will be prioritized.
    • Nonprofit organizations that have previously filled out a COVID-19 Community Response Fund grant application, and not been awarded, must re-apply through this new application, taking into account the education-specific focus area.
  • Projects will serve children from ages 0-5, students in K-12, and young adults who are college-bound


  • Grant proposals that reflect any, or all, of the following strategies, will be prioritized. 
    • Bridge the Digital Divide 
      • Efforts to bridge the digital divide for students who are unconnected or under-connected in San Diego County. This may include efforts to provide devices, facilitate quality internet connections, and address other needs that improve the learning experience and help to advance equitable distance learning. 
    • Mitigate Learning Loss
      • Innovative programming that provides safe, supervised, engaging sites of instruction and learning for underserved youth, including efforts that leverage our region’s natural assets and creative collaboration with outdoor engagement advocates, housing providers, education partners and other stakeholders.
    • Support Strong Starts and Healthy Transitions
      • Efforts to ensure students have what they need to start strong and transition well from one education system to another including:
        • Support for low-income preschoolers and families impacted by COVID-19 to have access to quality, affordable childcare, and the opportunity to achieve grade-level readiness
        • Resources for programs addressing mental health and counseling needs of youth most affected by COVID-19 
        • Support for high school seniors in preparing for success in post-secondary pathways


  • The Foundation will not fund endowments, existing obligations/debt, scholarships, or projects that promote religious or political doctrines.


This page was last reviewed October 06, 2020 and last updated October 05, 2020