NCF is dedicated to raising funds to support women’s health organizations. For our potential applicants, the grant process begins with reviewing the grant guidelines and completing an application. Grants support research and health institutions, outreach programs and women’s health advocacy groups focused on the five primary women’s health threats; heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases and mental health issues.
During the application process, each nonprofit organization must supply the National Cheers Foundation with supporting documents for its needs, including financial statements, proof of nonprofit status, the reason for the request and at least two bids if capital items are requested. Once the grant submissions are complete, the National Cheers Foundation Grants Committee conducts site visits with applicants that pass our initial screening process. As we interview the potential beneficiaries, we learn about their missions, the scope of their work and the lives they touch.
National Cheers Foundation Annual Grants Time Line



CHEERS Grant Interview

CHEERS Grant Interview

National CHEERS Foundation Board Member, Kate Woods, at the Family Health Center grant interview.

Comfort Cubs distribution event at Sharp Hospital.

All the Comfort Cubs!

Vista Hill Grant Interview


Soaring Spirits International Widowed people created Soaring Spirits because we discovered that connecting with other widowed people made the challenges of surviving a spouse or partner a little easier to manage. There is a widowed community here at Soaring Spirits that offers widowed men and women understanding, friendship, inspiration, and encouragement as they learn to live without the person with whom they intended to spend the rest of their lives. Soaring Spirits communities, both online and in-person, are diverse, inclusive, secular, and positive. We share resources, ideas, energy, and most importantly, hope. We believe that hope matters.
MI ESUCELITA & SOUTH BAY COMMUNITY SERVICES South Bay Community Services’ Mi Escuelita Therapeutic Preschool is the only one of its kind in Southern California designed especially for children affected by domestic violence and abuse to help break the cycle of violence, help children heal and begin the right path for school. Mi Escuelita is funded in part by First 5 San Diego, private donations, student sponsorships and SBCS. SBCS is a community-based nonprofit touching the lives of more than 50,000 each year in San Diego County. Our programs and services respond to the needs of our community. We provide the support and tools needed so challenges can be overcome and lives can be redirected with hope, purpose and sustainable outcomes.
 Salk Institute for Biological Studies salk_logo CHEERS funds support groundbreaking research affecting women’s health, and by partnering with the Salk Women & Science Program is supporting a female scientist, Amy Rommel, PhD. Dr. Rommel is a wife, mother, mentor, adventurer, ocean lover and is changing the game on how we think about treating cancer. As a researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Inder Verma at the Salk Institute, Amy is focusing her efforts on one of the most lethal forms of cancer, Glioblastoma. Her research into how the “stem-cell-like” tumor overcomes therapeutic attacks by adapting, mutating, migrating and invading into other tissues has uncovered a mechanism by which the tumor has potentially cured itself, albeit currently in a small number of tumor cells, by adapting and transforming into a vascular (blood vessel) cell, a process known as transdifferentiation. If cancer is essentially a mass of stem cells growing out of control, then perhaps just as in a developing embryo, the cancer simply seeks programming to tell the cells what to do. This is what Dr. Rommel’s research aims to accomplish. Instead of simply trying to create a drug to kill the cancer, Dr. Rommel’s current work proposes a novel strategy to reprogram the stem-like, tumor cells back to “normal” non-tumor initiating cells. It is her hope that this treatment will not be toxic to the patient, have fewer side effects and most importantly, put an end to tumor adaptation, resistance and evasion of treatment.
South Bay Community Services South Bay Community Services serves San Diego County’s Southern Region that is situated on the Mexican border. The region is largely urban and includes Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, and San Ysidro and supports a diverse population that is greatly affected by immigration, characterized by transience, low socioeconomic expectancy, high crime rates, and substance abuse, making it difficult for them to find employment, affordable housing, physical and mental health care, and access community resources and services.  CHEERS will be matching funds for the LEAP Program that will support stipend work-experience for young women overcoming their own mental and behavioral health issues, striving to earn a career in the health care field.
Family Health Centers The National CHEERS Foundation is please to once again partner with Family Health Centers, whose mission has been to provide affordable, high-quality health care and support services to all people, with a special commitment to the uninsured, low-income and medically underserved.  This year’s grant for The El Cajon Family Health Clinic in East County will fund two Doppler Heart Rate Moniters and one powered barrier free exam table.
Doris A. Howell Foundation The mission of the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is to fund undergraduate scientists in their relevant research and to educate women to be catalysts for better family health. The National CHEERS Foundation is proud to partner with the Doris Howell Foundation and is supporting their scholarship program with a matching grant for a nursing scholarship.
Family Health Centers CHEERS funds will support the purchase of a colposcope for the full-scope cervical cancer screening program for the women in the Diamond Neighborhoods of Family Health Center in Southeast San Diego.
4Bone Health CHEERS funds will be used for the continuation and expansion of the teen-to-teen bone health program created by High Tech High students, who initiated the challenge of “Bone Break Day” to increase awareness of the short-term and long-term consequences of bone health. The goal is to create a “turn key” resource for any school or group to utilize their own Bone Break Day, focusing on bone health.
 Salk Institute for Biological Studies salk_logo CHEERS funds will be used to support ground-breaking research that directly impacts women’s health, in such areas as heart disease, brain disease, diabetes, and cancer.  Amid growing signs that gender bias has affected research outcomes and damaged women’s health, there’s a new push to make science more relevant to them.  We are delighted to partner with The Salk Institute in this endeavor.
 Sharp Healthcare Foundation / Mary Birch Hospital Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 11.55.44 AM CHEERS funds will be used for improvements in the Sharp Mary Birch Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s private Lactation Lounge for mothers of pre-mature newborns receiving care in the NICU.  The Lactation Lounge offers a private respite for these mothers who seek to find serenity in a stressful time of their lives to pump and provide breast milk to their babies.
Family Health Centers  The National CHEERS Foundation is thrilled to provide Medical Equipment for two Exam rooms at the new Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center (currently nearing completion at 47th & Market in southeast San Diego).
Scripps Research Institute The National Cheers Foundation is excited to be supporting  breast cancer research in the lab of Dr. Brunie Feldin, Associate Professor at TSRI.
Cal State University San Marcus Foundation The National CHEERS Foundation funds a Health Video program facilitating the Community’s mission: To empower students, members of the university and the community to take action through the production, study and use of socially responsible, culturally sensitive media that addresses the diversity of the region and the nation. The mission of (PHFE/4BoneHealth is to move people toward optimal bone health through awareness and education!
Postpartum Health Alliance Funds to support 2014 “warmline” project, the only telephone resource in San Diego where mothers and family members can obtain support and referrals and speak to someone who has been there. The request covers the operation costs of the telephone and telecommunication fees and supports the stipend of administrative assistant.
The National Cheers Foundation is proud to support the First Annual Betty Barwise Page McLean Award Recipient:chula In 2012, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center opened the new Douglas and Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center – this cancer center combines advanced technology with critical features that provide comfort and healing. With a grant from the National Cheers Foundation, our goal to support the clinical heath care and social support needs of women diagnosed with cancer in the low-income, uninsured communities of South County can be greatly enhanced through our Patient Navigator Program. This program provides necessity bags, wigs, and scarves, lymphedema supplies and transportation assistance. In the past, we had only been able to offer this service to breat cancer patients – the support of the National Cheers Foundation will help expand this service to women dealing with cancer. Women diagnosed with cancer experience such an emotional journey from the time of diagnosis to deciding on surgery and making the transition from patient to survivor. For those less fortunate, support from the community is vitally important.