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2016 CommUNITY Foundation Grants Roster

 The CommUNITY Foundation Grants Program is funded solely by local donors who have contributed to The Foundation's Community Needs Endowment and to various Field of Interest Funds.

Our goal is to distribute funds to a variety of non-profit organizations throughout San Luis Obispo County. We address diverse community interests through our CommUNITY Foundation Grants Program. The grant review committee is comprised of community volunteers and Foundation Board members to assure a proper evaluation is made of all grant requests.

We are pleased to announce that 30 non-profit organizations received over $225,000 from the CommUNITY Foundation Grants for 2016.  

2016 CommUNITY Foundation Grant Program Grantees: 

Access Support Network of SLO & Monterey Counties - $6,000 - To support the SLO Syringe Exchange Program in providing sterile syringes and overdose prevention supplies.

Assistance League - $5,000 - To support “Operation School Bell” to provide new school-appropriate clothing to low-income K-12th grade students in SLO County.

Basin Street Regulars - $6,000 - To pay for musicians to perform at monthly senior dances.

Casa Solana - $7,000 - To support “Gift Beds” for women who are indigent and seeking recovery from substance abuse in a sober-living environment.

Center for Family Strengthening - $8,000 - To support premature infants’ breastfeeding program to improve the breastfeeding rates of infants discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit.

Central Coast Commission for Seniors - $5,000 - To support the Vial of Life Program, to aid emergency service first-responders in facilitating proper and immediate care for incapacitated senior citizens.

Central Coast LINK - $8,000 - To improve program efficacy through purchasing and integrating a client case management database.

Community Action Partnership SLO County - $8,500 - To support the Adult Wellness and Prevention Screening Program for testing, education and referrals regarding chronic diseases and other health issues for low-income adults countywide.

Community Counseling Center - $5,000 - To provide professional affordable psychotherapy for low-income and under-insured residents of SLO County.

Community Foundation of Estero Bay - $3,000 - To provide financial assistance awards for children to participate in Estero Bay youth recreation and enrichment programs.

Court Appointed Special Advocates - $5,000 - To support advocates trained for the “Infant Toddler Program”.

Food Bank Coalition of SLO County - $9,800 - To support the Children’s Farmers Market Program to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income children and provide nutrition education.

Foundation for the Performing Arts Center - $10,000 - To support school bus transportation for School Matinee Program reaching 8,000 local students countywide.

Girls’ Circle – Fiscally Sponsored by One Cool Earth - $10,000 - To support Paso Robles adolescent girls develop self-esteem and self-efficacy; maintain positive connections with peers and adults; and express themselves genuinely to facilitate better academic performance and increased school engagement.

History Center of San Luis Obispo County - $9,000 - To support creation of a Countywide History Tour Cooperative through promotion of guided tours at historic sites throughout SLO County.

Jodi’s House - $10,000 - To provide brain injury support through enhancement of rehabilitation and community reintegration services for acquired and traumatic brain injury survivors.

One Cool Earth - $7,000 - To support water conservation education for underserved youth at public schools in Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Grover Beach, and Nipomo.

Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation - $10,000 - To provide students from low-income households with free visual and performing arts instruction.

PathPoint - $10,000 - To support establishment of a Project SEARCH site at French Hospital Medical Center to provide individuals with disabilities an opportunity to gain work experience during a one-year internship.

People’s Self-Help Housing - $10,000 - To provide affordable housing and supportive services for the homeless, seniors, people with disabilities and low-income households, while promoting self-sufficiency.

San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation - $7,500 - To provide community outreach to seniors, and senior service providers, regarding elder abuse prevention and protection.

San Luis Obispo Little Theatre - $10,000 - To create a full service costume shop with an extensive inventory accessible to other performing arts and educational organizations.

San Luis Obispo Symphony - $10,000 - To support the Cadet Winds Program to develop music skills and encourage peer collaboration for a beginning wind ensemble in grades 3 - 8.

San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble - $6,000 - To support the 2017 School Choral Festival facility rental costs.

Santa Maria Valley Senior Citizens Club - $6,000 - To pay for musicians to perform at monthly senior dances.

Senior Nutrition - $4,000 - To match government funds in providing a growing demand for free meals to seniors countywide through home-delivery and congregate meal sites.

Tolosa Children’s Dental Center - $8,500 - To provide low-income and under-insured children with preventive oral health, early intervention and treatment services

Transitional Food & Shelter - $10,000 - To provide temporary emergency shelter and casework for medically fragile homeless people in SLO County.

Transitions-Mental Health Association - $8,000 - To support “SLO Hotline” to address expanding demand for crisis call-line.

YMCA of SLO County - $6,500 - To support the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Program curriculum in three afterschool sites in Shandon, Los Osos and Arroyo Grande.


Previous awards can be found at 2015 CommUNITY Foundation Grant Program Grantees.

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