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Preventive Health Care Endowment Fund

Annually, The Community Foundation holds a competitive grants program which is funded by local donors who have contributed to The Foundation’s Community Endowment and various Field of Interest funds. The 2012 competitive grants program was made possible through the support of the Preventive Health Care Endowment. Our goal is to distribute funds to a variety of non-profit organizations throughout San Luis Obispo County. Organizations that conduct the majority of their public charitable operations in San Luis Obispo County are eligible to apply.


In 2012, The Community Foundation made grants totaling $54,320.00 to support programs that provide significant benefits to the community in the area of improving the quality of life through preventive health and overcoming barriers to physical health and mental health care.

2012 Grantee Roster

AIDS Support Network as fiscal agent for SLO Syringe Exchange

  • To  provide sterile syringes and harm reduction supplies to prevent the spread of blood-bourne diseases among high-risk population. - $2,500

AIDS Support Network

  • To support the Hepatitis C Awareness project through community education and availability of screening lab work, especially to the baby boomer generation. - $5,000

Child Development Resource Center

  • To provide access to long-term mental health services for parents and children in abusive households. - $5,000

Coast Caregiver Resource Center

  • To provide 200 hours of counseling and support group services for 25 unpaid family/friend caregivers of disabled adults or those with cognitive impairment in SLO County. - $5,000

Community Action Partnership Adult Wellness & Prevention Screening Program

  • To provide free mobile, preventative and maintenance health screening, education and referrals. - $5,000

Food Bank Coalition of SLO County

  • To improve the health of low-income residents by establishing a pilot program for distributing fresh fruits and vegetables from the SLO Farmer’s Market. - $3,400

North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center

  • To support the Domestic Violence Counseling Program for women, men and children affected by domestic/intimate partner violence. - $4,000

People’s Self Help Housing

  • To provide case management that secures health care, mental health services, counseling, food and basic needs of residents through the Supported Housing Program. - $5,000

Senior Nutrition Program

  • To support food and labor involved in serving low-income county seniors with daily nutritious lunches. - $5,000

Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center

  • To support counseling services for victims of sexual assault. - $3,500

SLO Child Abuse Prevention Council

  • To expand Talking about Touching, personal safety lessons to grades 1 – 6 in partnership with SLO Coastal USD and Central Coast LINK. - $2,920

Transitional Food & Shelter

  • To support temporary shelter for medically fragile homeless in low-rent apartments or motels, until more stable housing can be found. - $5,000


  • To provide two Mental Health First Aid trainings to community providers. - $3,000

For more information, please contact Len Smolburd, Grants Manager, (805) 543-2323.

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