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Available Grants

The Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for three grant programs (Community Needs, Community Focus, and Community Strength), and one funding collaborative. Additional information and guidelines can be found below. Also, please visit How to Apply to learn more about our grantmaking.


Social Innovations Funding Collaborative

Social Innovations Fund (SIF) is a collaboration of funders committed to supporting San Luis Obispo County nonprofit organizations that work with their program participants to build a vibrant community through innovative programs focused on participant personal fulfillment and growth. Funding provided through SIF is designed to encourage nonprofits to take risks and explore new opportunities. 

We are not currently accepting SIF proposals at this time.


Community Needs Grant Program

The Community Needs Grant Program focuses on direct services in one of the areas listed below. These services are achieved through community building, promoting cultural inclusion and education. The application will become available on January 18, 2018. The proposal deadline is March 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST. The maximum available grant size is $10,000. Notifications of the awards will be announced in mid-June 2018.  PLEASE NOTE: All applications MUST be submitted online. Paper applications will NOT be accepted.

•Arts & Culture:  supporting programs which promote the creation, engagement, and appreciation of diverse forms of arts and/or an understanding of local history (maximum grant size is $10,000)

•Environment: education and sustainability, including climate change mitigation, sustainable agriculture and forestry, water and land conservation (maximum grant size is $5,000)

•Health:  preventive health care and overcoming barriers to both physical and mental health care (maximum grant size is $15,000)

•Human Services: basic needs and social service programs (maximum grant size is $10,000). Projects addressing:

  • Homeless, Seniors, Senior Dances, People with Disabilities.

Please follow this link to the online grant application portal to begin your application.


BUILD (Building Unity, Infrastructure, Leadership, Development) Small Grants Program: Applications will be reviewed twice in 2018 - deadlines are on February 23, 2018 and September 14, 2018. Infrastructure and strengthening grants for up to $2,500 will be available only to organizations with an annual operating budget below $300,000.

Please follow this link to the online grant application portal to begin your application.


Community Focus Grant Program

Community Focus Grants work closely with Field of Interest and donor designated funds to address the three specific focus areas in the community described below.

1)       Women’s Legacy Fund Grant(s):

The Women’s Legacy Fund will focus its grantmaking on programs or projects which build resilience and empower girls with the skills, knowledge, and support to overcome gender inequities and stereotypes. The application will be available starting on January 18, 2018. The proposal deadline is March 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST. Maximum available grant size will be $25,000 for single year proposals or $40,000 for a two-year proposals.  Proposal notifications for awards will be announced in mid-June 2018. PLEASE NOTE: All applications MUST be submitted online. Paper applications will NOT be accepted.

The Women’s Legacy Fund will consider proposals which:

  • Strengthen or expand existing programs;
  • Develop or introduce new strategies to the community;
  • Support one year or multi-year (up to 2 years) projects;
  • Maximum grant size will be $25,000 for single year proposals or $40,000 for two-year proposals

Please follow this link to the online grant application portal to begin your application.

 

2)     Growing Together Initiative Fund:

The Growing Together Grants are facilitated by the Advisory Committee and will focus on addressing the most pressing needs in the LGBTQ Community. The application will be available starting on January 18, 2018. The proposal deadline is March 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST. The maximum available grant size is $3,000 and notifications of the awards will be made in mid-June 2018. All applications MUST be submitted online. Paper applications will NOT be accepted.

The Growing Together Initiative Fund will consider proposals which are focused on:

  • Anti-LGBTQ violence
  • Housing discrimination
  • Civil rights advocacy
  • LGBTQ supportive mental health
  • Reduction of bullying /harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Youth services

Please follow this link to the online grant application portal to begin your application.

 

3)     Janssen Youth & Youth Sports: organizations providing youth enrichment programs and/or youth sports programs in San Luis Obispo County:

The Robert H. Janssen Youth & Youth Sports grants support programs which enrich the lives of local youth and ideally reflect the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. The fund’s primary initiative is to support youth sport programs and youth enrichment activities in SLO County, with an emphasis on active participation versus educational programming. The application will be available beginning on February 22, 2017. The proposal deadline is March 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST. The maximum available grant size is $5,000 and notifications of the awards will be made in mid-June 2018. All applications MUST be submitted online. Paper applications will NOT be accepted.

Please follow this link to the online grant application portal to begin your application.


Community Strength Grant Program

The Community Strength Grant Program focuses on empowering and strengthening members of our community to overcome obstacles while embarking on the road to self-sufficiency. Three available grant opportunities are described below.

1)      Klaproad Basic Needs

The focus of the Klaproad Basic Needs grant program is to provide for the immediate needs of the homeless in the Five Cities/South SLO County area. The goal is to expand and strengthen the existing services for the homeless in the Five Cities area and to support a continuum of services for South County homeless in hopes of stabilizing and moving the homeless population into permanent housing. The application will be available as of January 18, 2018. The proposal deadline is September 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST. The available grant size range is $10,000 - $25,000 and notifications of the awards will be made in mid-December 2018. All applications MUST be submitted online. Paper applications will NOT be accepted.

Priorities of the Klaproad Basic Needs include:

  • Food and meal distribution
  • Emergency shelter/transitional housing
  • Cash-aid for basic needs
  • Transportation
  • Rapid re-housing strategies
  • Housing subsidies or short-term housing assistance

Please follow this link to the online grant application portal to begin your application.

 

2)     Opportunity to Thrive

The Opportunity to Thrive grant program supports organizations utilizing a family advocate or case manager to develop and track a client’s self-sufficiency plan. The fund supports organizations that have demonstrated the ability to administer and monitor a hardship assistance fund. Ultimately, Opportunity to Thrive endeavors to support one-time assistance that will make a significant difference in removing a barrier or hurdle to self-sufficiency. The application will be available on January 18, 2018. The proposal deadline is September 14, 2018,at 5:00 pm PST. The maximum available grant size is $10,000 and notifications of the awards will be made in mid-December 2018. All applications MUST be submitted online. Paper applications will NOT be accepted.

Please follow this link to the online grant application portal to begin your application.

 

3)     Gay Straight Alliance

This fund is established for the advocacy beyond campus. It is to support the continuity of the club and sustainability of such clubs. It is also established to promote community education. The application process is opening throughout the school year. The maximum grant size is $500 and notifications of the awards will be announced approximately 8 weeks after the submission is received. Lastly, unlike our other applications, this is a paper application ONLY.

Please follow this link to download the GSA grant application.

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