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How Granting Works

Investing In Our Community

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County continually surveys community needs and opportunities, and uses this information to help guide our donors in their grantmaking.


Strategic Initiatives

Through grants and programs, we use strategic investments for addressing unmet or emerging community needs. These needs may be met through field of interest funds established to distribute grants for local programs. As new grant programs are developed, information and guidelines are made available on this site and announced through the Executive Director's List-Serv.

  • The Community Foundation does not accept proposals or applications outside of the scheduled grant cycle.
  • The applications for each grant program are posted on this website.
  • The releases of various application guidelines are announced throughout the year via the Executive Director's List-Serv, administered by
  • Nonprofit organizations should subscribe to the Executive Director's List-Serv in order to be notified of grant opportunities in a timely manner. Subscribe now to this free service.

To see Available Grants, please click here.

Scholarships and Awards

Individuals, organizations and businesses are honored and rewarded through scholarships and awards established through us by our donors.

For a list of the recipients of grants awarded through June 30, 2017, please click here.

Click here to see our 2016 Grant Recipients!

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