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The Chula Vista Community Foundation announced Friday that grant funding is available for local nonprofits supporting projects aimed at strengthening the health and socio-emotional wellbeing of young people between the ages of 12-24.

CVCF, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, will award up to $50,000 to programs supporting Chula Vista youth to “demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant community and give youth the building blocks to recover from the pandemic.”

The programs can support, but are not limited to:

— foster youth;

— youths transitioning from foster care;

— LGBTQ youth;

— at-risk youth; and

— economically challenged youth.

Grant applications can be submitted on the CVCF website starting Oct. 1 and must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 1.

According to CVCF, the projects should be “culturally humble and sensitive, practical and achievable within a 12-month time frame, and have prospects for long-term sustainability.”

Programs can include, but are not limited to:

— mental health;

— healthy lifestyles;

— restorative justice;

— civic engagement;

— art programs & public art;

— outdoor activities;

— workforce training;

— food insecurity;

— education including trade school, higher education, experiences in arts and culture; and

— STEAM or STEM programs.

“Through our current grant cycle, we want to work with local organizations closest to our youth to ensure that as a community we’re uplifting our young people academically, socially and emotionally,” Carmen Richardson, CVCF board chair, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to seeing our youth overcome some of the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic brought, and will continue to support their success every step of the way.”

–City News Service

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