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Opportunity to Thrive Grants Program

The Opportunity to Thrive Grants Program was formed by combining the Dunin Opportunity Fund and The Community Resource Center Initiative grant programs together under the common goal of supporting transitional help for families and individuals across San Luis Obispo County to become self-sufficient. Programs such as Maternal Wellness and Infant Safety; resources to support independence for transitional foster youth ages 18-24; employment opportunities for adults with mental illness; and other supportive programs are examples of the good work being done in the community as a result of our generous donors. See the list below of organizations who provide these services and more.

Please note: the 2016 Opportunity to Thrive Grant Program application deadline has now passed. 

For questions and inquiries, please contact Len Smolburd, Grants Manager, at (805) 543-2323.

In 2015, grants totaling $100,000 supported 11 agencies in their work to support overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency.

Community Resource Center Initiative

  • Center for Family Strengthening - $10,000 -To provide access to Restorative Dental Care for 10-12 uninsured children and youth who do not qualify for Medi-Cal.
  • Central Coast LINK - $14,000 - To support the Emergency Assistance Programs in Atascadero and Paso Robles for approximately 150 case-managed low-income families.
  • Community Action Partnership - $10,000 - To help 15-30 low-income clients participating in the Liberty Tattoo Removal Program who are attempting to re-enter the workforce with one-time assistance to overcome a barrier to employment.
  • Family Care Network - $5,000 - To help homeless families in the Housing Support Program overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.
  • Five Cities Homeless Coalition - $10,000 - To provide assistance for immediate needs of 50 clients leading to self-sufficiency, stability in the home and economic improvement through the Helping Hands Program.
  • People’s Self Help Housing - $10,000 - To provide assistance through the Resident Assistance Fund to 75 low-income and homeless individuals who need to overcome a one-time barrier transitioning into permanent affordable apartments.
  • RISE - $6,000 - To provide assistance to 25 families who are victims of domestic violence in order to facilitate self-sufficiency and violence-free living.
  • SLO Child Development Resource Center - $12,000 -To provide transitional assistance for approximately 90 families in need to overcome obstacles to self-sufficient through the SLO and Coastal Family Resource Centers.
  • South County Youth Coalition - $6,000 -To provide 30 families in the South County who need one-time assistance to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency through the Thrive Fund.
  • Transitional Food & Shelter - $7,000 -To help 20-30 medically fragile clients overcome barriers in their transition to permanent housing, improved or stabilized health and independence.
  • Transitions Mental Health Association - $10,000 - To support “First Day Out” a program to provide a critical, compassionate transition for 60 adults with mental health issues who are being released from SLO County Jail.


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