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We recognize the importance and value of focusing on the quality of life for the residents of the Imperial County and want to support the work that many organizations are doing to address the health and wellness challenges that the people of Imperial County are disproportionately facing. By prioritizing our Mission Support funding in communities with the greatest social and health inequities, further exposed by COVID-19, Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation (IVWF) aims to support the following:

  • Food insecurity and healthy eating
  • Active living and physical activity
  • Mental health
  • Emotional health
  • Safe and healthy living neighborhoods
  • Social health
  • Programs that focus on the awareness and prevention of asthma, prenatal care, diabetes, and obesity
  • Health and wellness programs that benefit children, disadvantaged students, farm workers, homeless, LGBTQ, low-income families, seniors and veterans

If you have any further questions or would like to discuss, please contact IVWF Executive Director, Roque Barros, rbarros@ivwf.org.  


This Mission Support application is for nonprofit organizations serving primarily Imperial County. Preference will be given to organizations based in Imperial County.

To qualify for IVWF’s 2021 San Diego Mission Support, your organization must:

· be a 501(c)(3) or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor;

· serve regions in Imperial County, and

· be aligned with IVWF’s mission of advancing health and wellness for the most vulnerable in Imperial 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 IVWF. If you would like to review a copy of the agreement terms, please review copy here. 


Award Type and Amount: We will be awarding one-year, unrestricted general operating grants ranging from $5,000 - $25,000 per recipient. The 2021 Mission Support fund total is $200,000.

Reporting: So that IVWF is able to capture the impact of our grants and deepen relationships with grantees, we will request one grant report which should be completed within 30 days of organization's full grant expenditure or at the end of 12 months, whichever is most appropriate for the grantee. Grantees will receive notification and link to the report after grant disbursement.

Anticipate these Reporting Questions: 

  1. How did you expend the grant?
  2. What impact did the funds have on your organization and/or population served?
  3. What challenges did you face during the year?
  4. What did you learn - lessons learned?

Priority will be given to organizations that:

· are focused on communities with the greatest health and social inequities, further exposed by COVID-19, and whose efforts are led or informed by the communities;

· have an explicit commitment to equity (in all its forms);

· can demonstrate/describe evidence of measurable results, and

· 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, transportation, 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.