SAN DIEGO – Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund, a foundation supporting health-related services for under-served children in San Diego and Imperial Counties, has awarded grants to 19 area nonprofit agencies through its 2019 grant funding cycle.
Rest Haven has undergone a competitive request for proposal process each year since 2008, averaging nearly $200,000 in annual giving. Through this process, the foundation has now awarded a total of $2,215,349 in the form of special one-time grants to 56 different nonprofit agencies that share its children’s health mission. Five of the nonprofit agencies selected this year were first-time recipients (indicated with *).
The 2019 grant recipients include:
Autism Tree Project Foundation*
Chula Vista High School*
Community Health Systems, Inc.
Doors of Change*
Emilio Nares Foundation
Fresh Start Surgical Gifts
Home of Guiding Hands
Imperial Valley Food Bank
Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
Neighborhood House Association
San Diego Blood Bank*
San Dieguito Union High School District
San Diego Center for Children
Solana Beach School District*
South Bay Community Services
United Cerebral Palsy Association
Vista Community Clinic
YMCA of San Diego County
“It is a privilege for Rest Haven to be able to support these exceptional community agencies,” said Executive Director Peggy McNamara. “Whether it is for a life-saving piece of equipment or for the improvement and expansion of critical health-related services and programs, these grants will have a direct impact on the most vulnerable children in our communities.”
Rest Haven’s mission is to provide funds for health-related services for children in San Diego and Imperial Counties when no other funds are available. Each year, the board of directors invites local agencies and institutions to submit proposals requesting funding for identified children’s health needs in their communities. The one-time grants must be used to increase the organization’s capacity to provide healthcare to meet the physical, developmental and/or mental health needs of children ages zero through 17 years. Grants may also be awarded to agencies for the acquisition of vital medical equipment and supplies.
Rest Haven has been supporting the health of underserved children since its founding in San Diego in 1909. Rest Haven’s support later expanded to include children and agencies in Imperial County. Its funding is primarily designed to help children with healthcare needs when no other financial resources (private or public) are available. Funding assistance for individual children may be requested by a service provider through an online individual referral process at www.resthavenchf.org. Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund has been operating under its current name since 1998.