July 12, 2022

Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation Opens Mission Support Funding Application

El Centro, CA. July 12, 2021. The Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation (IVWF) announces the start of its grant application cycle of one-year Mission Support funding for eligible nonprofits serving Imperial County, and serving those with the greatest social and health inequities. Applications are open July 12 – August 12, 2022. Mission Support funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000 per recipient. Total funding this year is $200k. Click the button below to start your application.


Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation aims to make the Imperial Valley A Better Place to Live for All. 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 health and wellness, and community engagement in disinvested communities and especially with populations and groups that have been historically excluded from planning and decision-making. In addition, we value the importance of the nonprofits that lead this work and are committed to supporting them in building capacity to carry out their work and mission.

We invite 501(C)(3) nonprofits to apply for funding in the following three areas:

1) Health and Wellness

2) Community Engagement

3) Nonprofit Capacity Building.

Below are examples of the kind of work that falls under each of the areas:

Health and Wellness:

  • Food insecurity and healthy eating
  • Active living and physical activity
  • Mental and 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

Community Engagement:

  • Helping community members address the issues and needs they face in their communities
  • Engaging community members to work together on community priorities
  • Creating opportunities for community members to gather and socialize
  • Helping community members gain awareness and become better informed
  • Listening to the community to learn more about their priorities and helping them take actions to improve conditions
  • Building the community’s capacity so they can create the change they want to see
  • Helping communities strengthen their voice and visibility

Nonprofit Capacity Building

  • Strengthening the operations of the organization
  • Strengthening the staff and team of the organization
  • Building a strong volunteer base
  • Attending conferences and workshops
  • Purchasing and/or improving equipment and software
  • Technical assistance or consulting services

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

Application Guidelines

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 2022  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 vision to make Imperial Valley A Better Place to Live for All and its mission of advancing health and wellness for the most vulnerable in Imperial County, who often experience inequities in health and social outcomes.

Priority will be given to organizations that:

  • are focused on communities with the greatest health and social inequities;
  • whose efforts are led or informed by the communities they serve;
  • have an explicit commitment to equity (in all its forms);
  • can demonstrate evidence of measurable results;
  • are strengthening community capacity to advocate for themselves, and
  • are focused on making the Imperial Valley A Better Place to Live for All.

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.

“Supporting and partnering with effective organizations is vital to our mission. Through our Mission Support program, IVWF aims to provide funding to organizations that join us in making Imperial Valley a Better Place to Live by advancing the health and wellness of under-resourced populations in our community, and demonstrating the ability and leadership to deliver high quality outcomes,” stated Jose Landeros, Chairman, Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation. “We look forward to supporting community engagement and the social and health impact goals identified by this year’s Mission Support grantees.”

2022 Imperial Valley Mission Support Application Schedule
Open: July 12, 2022 (8:00am PST)
Close: August 12, 2022 (5:00pm PST)
Decisions: August 2022
Disbursements: September 2022


About Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation. Recognizing a need for more local funding to support promising health initiatives, a group of Imperial Valley civic leaders joined forces to create the Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation (IVWF). IVWF is a tax-exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code formed to advance the health and wellness of vulnerable populations in Imperial County. Visit www.ivwf.org.

IVWF Board of Trustees (7/1/2022)

  • Jose Landeros, Chairman of the Board; Vice President, David H. West Insurance
  • Alex Cardenas, Vice Chairman; Executive Director, CASA Imperial County
  • Tim Kelley, Secretary; President & CEO, Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp
  • James Garcia, Owner/Broker, Capital Realty
  • Yurii Camacho, English High School Teacher, Holtville Unified School District
  • Matthew Jaime, R.D., Clinical Dietician, El Centro Regional Medical Center
  • Stephen Jaime, Clinical Nurse Specialist of Diabetes Education, El Centro Regional Medical Center
  • Antonio Romayor, Jr., Chief Technology Officer, El Centro Elementary School District
  • Roque Barros, Executive Director, Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation

AHF Media contact:
Roque Barros, Executive Director, Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation

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