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Proposals being accepted for BUILD, Klaproad Basic Needs and Opportunity to Thrive Grant Programs

Fri, Sep 14th

The following grant programs are open for grant proposals. The deadline to submit a proposal for these programs is Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00pm. Click HERE for more information.

BUILD Grant Fund

Program Overview & Funding Objectives:
The primary goal of the BUILD (building unity, infrastructure, leadership and development) Grant Program is to provide funding for agencies with a budget of less than $300,000. The Foundation aims to strengthen nonprofit organizations with smaller operating budgets by supporting their efforts in building capacity and improving infrastructure. BUILD Grants are available for general operating purposes as well as planned projects in the following areas:

  • Capacity building
  • Staff or board training and development
  • Communications or donor development efforts
  • Capital equipment improvement (hardware, software, furniture, etc.)

The maximum grant awards will be $2,500. The grant period is up to one year from the award date. 


Klaproad Basic Needs Grant Program

Program Overview:
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County established the Hugo and Erna Klaproad Fund in 2009, through a generous bequest from the Klaproads, former Oceano residents.  

The objectives of the Klaproad Basic Needs Grant Program are:

  • to provide for the immediate needs of the homeless in the Five Cities/South SLO County area
  • to expand and strengthen the existing services for the homeless in the Five Cities
  • to support a continuum of services for South County homeless which stabilizes and moves them into   housing

Funding Objectives:

  • Food and meal distribution
  • Emergency shelter/transitional housing
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Cash-aid for basic needs
  • Transportation
  • Rapid re-housing strategies
  • Housing subsidies/short-term housing assistance
  • Supportive housing programs
  • Physical health challenges
  • Mental health needs

Grants will be awarded in the $10,000 - $25,000 range. 


Opportunity to Thrive Intitiative Fund

Program Overview:
Through a testamentary gift, former Mayor of the City of San Luis Obispo, Ron Dunin, and his wife Helen established an endowment to help people who are attempting to help themselves.  As immigrants, the Dunins were fortunate to receive help and support during critical times in their lives.  Their goal by creating the fund was to give back to the community and assist San Luis Obispo county residents in need.

Grants from the “Opportunity Fund” are intended to support individuals striving for self-sufficiency and who are in need of transitional assistance to overcome a short-term or one-time barrier. Of particular interest are individuals who are in transition, e.g. foster youth exiting the system, women leaving domestic violence shelters, families at risk of homelessness, individuals completing rehabilitation, re-entry into the workforce.  One-year grants will be provided to local human service providers who currently work with populations striving for self-sufficiency and have the capacity to assess and administer an assistance fund.

It is the intent of the Foundation to evaluate proposals and applicant organizations based on the following:

Funding Criteria:

  • Organizations with regular/ongoing contact with target populations as part of usual program work, ideally in a “case management” relationship
  • Demonstrated ability to administer and monitor a hardship assistance fund
  • Ability of organization to maximize amount of grant to be used in direct assistance (low indirect administration rate), and complement, not supplant, existing services
  • Organization is able to leverage existing infrastructure and capacity to administer the program

It is the intent of The Foundation that the Opportunity Fund will be used as follows:

Funding Priorities:

  • One-time assistance that will make a big difference in removing a barrier or hurdle to self-sufficiency, targeted to individuals who have demonstrated their attempt to help themselves
  • One-time assistance provided for “a leg up,” rather than short-term impact or ongoing needs
  • Assistance for as many individuals/families as possible while providing sufficient support to overcome the barrier
  • Assistance which fills a gap in the support network and does not supplant other existing funding

Examples of transitional assistance include: security deposit for rental unit, uniform purchase or job appropriate apparel, transportation assistance, car repair, used car purchase, tuition, training fees or materials, equipment or tools, legal consultation, assistive device for recently disabled individuals, prescription medication, credit counseling, tattoo removal, preventing utility shutoff.  Funds are not intended for ongoing living expenses such as food or housing.  The amount of assistance to any one individual or family is not capped, but the intent is to serve as many as possible through the fund. The maximum grant award will be $10,000.

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