Foundation Grants Awarded – Jan 2019

January 2, 2018

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County awards more than $200,000

Twenty-five local nonprofit organizations received grants supporting a wide range of services

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County recently awarded $222,500 in grants to 25 nonprofit organizations throughout San Luis Obispo County. These grants will be used to support various programs, covering a wide variety of social services addressing the needs of at-risk populations.

This year’s recipients exemplify leadership in programs focused on capacity building, homeless prevention and intervention services, and case management-based emergency assistance funds. The 5Cities Homeless Coalition, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation, Bike SLO County, Casa Solana, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey, Child Development Resource Center of the Central Coast, Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Creston Activities Town Center Helping Hand, El Camino Homeless Organization, Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast, Grover Beach Community Library, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, Piedras Blancas Light Station Association, RISE San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo Master Chorale, Senior Volunteer Services, Inc., Shower the People, SLO Veterans Services Collaborative, Slow Money SLO, Stand Strong, The Salvation Army, The San Luis Obispo Child Development Center, Transitional Food and Shelter, and the Wilshire Community Services were all awarded grants.

“We are honored to provide the much-needed support for all these organizations. We look forward to working with each nonprofit to help support their clients and impact in the region.” said Heidi McPherson, CEO of The Community Foundation.

Each year, The Community Foundation awards $2-3 million in grants and scholarships with more than 90 percent of grant funding remaining locally in San Luis Obispo County. Support from The Community Foundation continues to grow thanks to the hundreds of individuals, families, local businesses, companies, and private foundations that work with the foundation to advance philanthropy in our community.

For more information on The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County’s grants program, please visit or contact Len Smolburd at 805-543-2323.

About The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County is a grant making and education foundation supporting charitable work across our country. Since 1998, The Community Foundation has supported our county with grants and scholarships totaling more than $30 million. The Foundation’s charitable assets under management have grown to more than $60 million and provide support to all aspects of our community in perpetuity. For more information or to donate to any fund or establish a new fund, visit or call 805-543-2323