Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF) works to advance health and wellness for the most vulnerable in San Diego and Imperial counties through collaborative funding, convening and advocacy.

We believe all people have a desire, and a basic human right, to be well.

We define wellness as a state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, economic, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Society, structural systems, community, neighborhood, and family are collectively responsible for creating an environment of health and wellness. Wellness is personal and is not the same for everyone.

Health equity exists only when people can attain their full health potential, regardless of resources, circumstance, skin color or identity. This potential can only be reached when we reduce – and ultimately eliminate –the disparities that adversely impact marginalized and under-resourced communities.

Our funding opportunities are as follows:

2021-2024 San Diego Mission Support—based on the belief that trusting those closest to our constituents and providing core operating support for great organizations will best advance our mission. Has closed for 2021.


FY2021 Imperial County COVID-19 Response Fund – Round 3

In an effort to be responsive within Imperial County, the Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation (IVWF), in partnership with Alliance Healthcare Foundation and several other philanthropic partners launched the Imperial County COVID-19 Response Fund in 2020 for nonprofit organizations that primarily serve Imperial County. Three rounds of funding have been processed.
The Response Fund has closed.  

FY2021 Imperial County Mission Support – based on the belief that trusting those closest to our constituents and providing core unrestricted, operating support for great organizations will best advance our mission within Imperial County. This funding program is managed by Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation in partnership with Alliance Healthcare Foundation. 

Opens July 6, 2021, 8:00am and closes August 2, 2021, 5:00pm. APPLY HERE.


Responsive Funding—based on the belief that it is important to be responsive to time-sensitive community needs and opportunities. Alliance provides responsive funding up to $25,000. Responsive funding requests may be submitted at any time.




Resident Leaders support Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in achieving our mission of advancing health and wellness for everyone in the region, especially those who are historically marginalized. Our i2 funding program is a 12-month process that seeks to find and build innovative ideas that improve health outcomes, access and quality for under-resourced residents in our region. A group of Resident Leaders will be part of the team that will help plan and decide which organization will be awarded the challenge grant award of up to $1 million.

Position Description:

3-4 Resident Leaders will work with a group of 4-6 staff, committee, and board members to review written applications; meet with applicants, and make recommendations for who should be the finalist.

This involves:

· Participating in an onboarding meeting (1.5 hours)

· Reading up to 25 written applications from local nonprofits and companies (8-14 hours)

· Reviewing applications using a scoring matrix on an online application system (Submittable)

· Participating in online Zoom meetings with applicants to better understand program goals, operations and impact (5-10 hours)

· Participating in 4 funding review team meetings to suggest which applicant should move on to the next phase (1.5 hours each)

· Training, as necessary, on the application online platform and scoring systems


We are looking for 3-4 Resident Leaders who:

· Live in San Diego County and represent a historically marginalized group (BIPOC, immigrant/refugee populations, justice involved, person with disabilities, etc.); have experienced difficulty with health access and/or have received poor quality health services”

· Commit to 30-40 hours from January 2022 – December 2022, including the meeting times listed below

· Have personal or professional interest or experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, or health and social justice

Program Timeline and Meeting Schedule:

Note: We are remaining up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 recommendations to ensure that everyone in our community is safe. Until we decide otherwise, all events will be held virtually.

  • December 3, 2021 at 11:59 PM - Resident Leaders applications due
  • December 17, 2021 - Resident Leaders   selected – notified by Min Kim before 5 PM
  • January 3, 2022 - i2 Application Open
  • January 12, 2022 from 4-6 PM - Onboarding Meeting
  • January 2022 - 2 Kick-off Event
  • January 31, 2022 - i2 Application Close
  • February 2022 - Phase 1 Selections
  • March 2022 - Phase 2 Selections
  • June 2022 - Phase 3 Selections
  • December 2022 - Finalist Selection


$600 per meeting, and $1,500 for the year for meeting preparation time.


If you have questions, comments, or would like help filling out an application, please contact Min Kim at min.kim@alliancehf.org or 443-890-6981.

Philosophy:  Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF) aims to be a partner that is responsive to the emergent needs of our community. We understand that unexpected events occur and thus prioritize supporting organizations that meet the criteria outlined below.

Criteria:  Responsive grant requests range up to $25,000 and must be all of the following:

  • be time sensitive
  • respond to a one time, unexpected circumstance*

*Please note that Responsive Grants are not intended to support general operating costs or sponsorships.

Being a previous AHF grantee does not preclude an organization from applying for our 2021-2022 (FY22) Responsive Grant.  To qualify for AHF"s Responsive Grant support, your organization must meet these criteria:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, and
  • Serve regions in San Diego County and/or Imperial County, and
  • Be aligned with AHF’s mission of advancing health and wellness for the most vulnerable in San Diego County and/or Imperial County, who often experience inequities and injustices in health and social outcomes.

Funding is provided throughout the year until funds are expended.

Should you have any questions, please contact Program Officer, Min Kim via email min.kim@alliancehf.org.

Alliance Healthcare Foundation