Healthcare district awards $1.3 million in grants in 2020-2021 to prioritize East County’s health needs

To further advance the foundations of healthcare in East County, the Grossmont Healthcare District awarded over $1.3 million in grants and sponsorships to local nonprofits and health organizations during the fiscal year of 2020-21.

The district since 1996 has supported a variety of local nonprofit health-related organizations through its grant program, looking to address healthcare needs that might go unmet for its more than 500,000 East County residents.

Awarded grants enable these organizations to continue building on the connection between community, wellness, and accessibility, benefiting the most underserved populations in the area.

Among the highest awards went to the Grossmont Union High School District, granted over $200,000 to its “Health Career Pathway Initiative” program. The initiative strategically and efficiently addresses the shortage of healthcare workers through providing more than 2,000 students with experience in the healthcare field. Designed to bring awareness to the possibility of a career in healthcare, the program complements nationwide public health efforts to build a workforce that meets current and future healthcare needs.

Volunteers in Medicine also emerged as a top awardee, receiving $118,277 for its free clinic to continue serving over 50,000 uninsured residents who reside in the East region.

Grant and sponsorship applicants interested in the next round of awards can begin applying on July 1, 2021. Applications are reviewed and approved through December 31, 2021.

The remaining 2020-21 grants and sponsorships were awarded to the following organizations:
Alzheimer’s SD – $27,500
Boys & Girls Club – $10,000
Burn Institute – $34,000
Caring Community Living With Cancer – $14,996
Center for Community Solutions – $25,000
Challenge Center – $25,000
Champions for Health – $25,000
Crisis House – $25,000
ElderHelp of San Diego – $44,000
Eric Paredes Save A Life – $10,000
Home of Guiding Hands – $69,000
Home Start, Inc. – $30,000
Jacobs & Cushman Food Bank – $14,000
Jewish Family Service of San Diego – $40,000
La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc. – $35,000
La Mesa City Hope – $15,000
Mama’s Kitchen – $25,000
Meals on Wheels – $39,377
Mountain Empire Union HSD – $25,000
Noah Homes – $40,000
San Diego Blood Bank – $30,000
San Diego Freedom Ranch – $250,000
Serving Seniors – $30,000
St. Madeline’s – $25,000
Survivors of Torture – $25,000
Trauma Intervention Programs of SD – $8,000
Vista Hill – $30,000
“American Heart Association (Event) SD Heart & Stroke Walk” – $5,000.00
“ElderHelp of San Diego (Event) Essence of Life Awards & Charity Auction” – $3,000.00
“Leukemia & Lymphoma (Event) Light the Night” – $10,000.00