Equity Impact Grant Program

May 1, 2024

Congratulations to the first group of Equity Impact Grant (EIG) program grantees! These ten organizations are engaged in amazing work throughout the San Diego region and represent a broad cross-section of our communities. 

  • Building Justice (HoMEwork) – A Southeast San Diego organization that supports people transitioning out of incarceration by prioritizing their personal development, creating a support system, and providing opportunities to amplify their voices and influence policy decisions.  
  • First Gen Scholars – An organization helping first-generation, low-income Black, Latinx, and Southeast Asian students navigate the college admissions process and graduate debt-free.   
  • Free Thought Revolution – A community-driven effort to “bridge the divide of humanity through storytelling, community, and social action.” In addition to their podcast, their vision includes educational initiatives and housing programs to provide a safe space for marginalized individuals to engage in healing and community-building.   
  • Garden 31 – This organization trains and mentors youth and adults that are considered at-risk, formerly incarcerated, justice-impacted, and socioeconomically disadvantaged in regenerative agriculture, sustainable food systems, and life skills to improve community health and wellness. 
  • Inner-Tribal Treatment – To address the needs of the Native American population impacted by the opioid crisis, this organization provides one of the only culturally-based treatment programs in Southern California.  
  • Lived Experiences – A North County community-based organization that utilizes data-proven methods to advocate for change by investing in people’s microsystems and addressing the root causes of physical and emotional trauma.  
  • Majdal Arab Community Center of San Diego – Through advocacy and cultural programs, this East County organization works to empower and uplift the Arab community in San Diego.   
  • Paddle for Peace – An organization conceived to create a nurturing space where BIPOC children could not only access coastal environments for recreation, physical fitness and mental healing but also envision and explore careers in Marine Biology and Environmentalism. To date, they have provided over 600 first time coastal experiences for BIPOC, underserved youth.   
  • San Diego Community Birth Center – This is the only Black-owned birth center in San Diego County, providing access to midwifery care, doula and lactation services, among other resources that ensure healthy births.   
  • San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition – A volunteer-led organization that not only serves over 500 Black LGBTQ people and families yearly but works to address the acute needs of the Black transgender community.

Program Background

The County of San Diego is piloting a new Equity Impact Grant (EIG) program in partnership with The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego (NPI) to address community feedback about the challenges that small, grassroots, and minority-led organizations experience when applying for government contracts and philanthropic funding.

Each year, the EIG program will support 10 qualified San Diego-based social impact organizations/initiatives with $100,000 in general operating support grants.  Throughout the year-long grant period, NPI will provide tailored coaching and resources such as workshops on leadership, nonprofit governance, organizational resiliency and more.

The EIG program will focus on supporting community-driven efforts and community-based organizations working in the social and racial justice fields in the following areas:

  • education (early childhood through higher/continuing education)

  • civic engagement and movement building

  • arts, media & culture

  • housing, community development & mobility

  • public safety & restorative justice

  • health and healing

  • financial literacy & economic development

  • food systems and environmental justice