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We recognize the unprecedented impacts of COVID19 on the most marginalized communities and the nonprofits that serve them.  We strive to be responsive to the needs of these communities and grantees. 

In light of COVID19, as well as the structural and long-standing inequities it continues to highlight, we are intentionally prioritizing our funding with a racial equity lens and focusing on communities that continue to be disproportionately impacted by COVID19. As we know, long-standing racial disparities and social determinants of health are being dramatically exacerbated due to the pandemic. Refining the Mission Support funding cycle to intentionally and explicitly focus on helping address those inequities requires that we are grounded in racial disparity data in our grant making and decision-making practices.

By prioritizing our Mission Support funding in communities with the greatest social and health inequities, further exposed by COVID19, Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF) aims to:

  • Reduce social and health disparities in communities of color by advancing racial equity.
  • Limit the long-term impacts of COVID19 by focusing on recovery and rebuilding efforts.
  • Provide flexible resources and autonomy to organizations that know what is best for the communities they serve.
  • Prioritize systems-change and addressing root cause, social determinants of health.
  • Set clear expectations upfront for applicants to better understand our priorities and limit unnecessary time and effort from applicants not directly aligned with those priorities.
  • Be a relevant and trusted partner in the community.

If you have any further questions or would like to discuss, please contact Program Officer, Min Kim, via email: min.kim@alliancehf.org.  Finally, a sincere “thank you!” to those of you who completed our community input survey. We received well over 100 responses in a short period of time and have incorporated that feedback wherever possible.


This Mission Support application is for nonprofit organizations serving primarily San Diego County and may secondarily serve Imperial County.  If your organization only serves Imperial County or it is your primary service area, please refrain from submitting this application. Mission Support applications for Imperial County will open in early 2021, in partnership with the Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation.

To qualify for AHF’s 2020 San Diego Mission Support, your organization must:

  • Serve communities that are at least 50% communities of color (geographies, families, or individuals);
  • Be a 501(c)(3) or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor;
  • Serve regions in San Diego County, and
  • Be aligned with AHF’s mission of advancing health and wellness for the most vulnerable in San Diego County, who often experience inequities in health and social outcomes.

All organizations that are selected to receive funding will be required to enter into a grant agreement with AHF. If you would like to review a copy of the agreement terms, please review a generic copy here.


Award Type and Amount: We will be awarding multi-year, unrestricted general operating grants ranging from $25,000 - $100,000 annually for up to three (3) years. (Note: in order to ensure continued mission alignment, AHF reserves the right to reconsider funding in year 2 and 3 before releasing funds)

Reporting: So that AHF is able to capture the impact of our grants and deepen relationships with grantees, we will provide various options for grantees to share their annual highlights (check-in, site visit, annual report, video displaying the progress made over the year, annual fundraiser, etc.). 

Priority will be given to organizations that:

  • are focused on communities with the greatest health and social inequities, further exposed by COVID19, and whose efforts are led or informed by the communities
  • have an explicit commitment to racial equity
  • can demonstrate evidence of measurable results
  • are working upstream to address social determinants of health and/or systems change focused on reducing social/health inequities. 

Note: Examples of social determinants of health include economic stability, neighborhood and built environment, access to healthcare, education, and social or community context. 

Note: Examples of systems change (addressing root causes of social problems) include social justice work, community organizing/power building, policy or advocacy work, or other efforts to address structural inequities. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.