Over $120,000 Awarded to Local Nonprofits by funds held at the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County (CFSLOCO) has announced the latest recipients of the Women’s Legacy Fund and Robert Janssen Youth and Youth Sports Fund grants, awarding a total of over $120,000 to dozens of local nonprofits.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of donors, these grants will empower organizations dedicated to supporting women’s initiatives, youth development, and sports programs to achieve their goals and make a real difference in the lives of those they serve.

Established by the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County Board of Directors in 2003, the Women’s Legacy Fund is the only endowment in the County that targets the needs of women and girls. Grants from the fund support organizations that assist women and girls to strengthen their physical, emotional, intellectual, and financial well-being. Each year, the Women’s Legacy Fund Advisory Committee identifies a focus for grant-making in the areas of economic independence, basic needs, safety, reproductive health, education, and mental health.

Women’s Legacy Fund: $65,000

Boys & Girls Club of South SLO County To support access to childcare for single mother low-income families $11,000
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of San Luis Obispo County To provide additional support for volunteers assigned to girls with mental health challenges $10,000
Lumina Alliance To support childcare services for sexual assault & intimate partner violence survivors $20,000
Transitions Mental Health Association To support the Teen Support Group $24,000

These awards come just in time to celebrate National Women’s Health Week, and will have a significant impact in supporting access to childcare for single mother low-income families, the health and well-being of teenage girls, and increased access to services.

The Robert Janssen Youth and Youth Sports Fund provides grants to local nonprofit organizations providing youth enrichment programs and/or youth sports programs in the City of SLO and adjacent areas within San Luis Obispo County. The fund seeks to support programs that enrich the lives of local youth and reflect the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. Robert Janssen was a lifelong resident of SLO County who devoted a considerable amount of time to local youth sports and other community and youth activities.

“Robert Janssen was a special soul who devoted a great deal of his life to a special cause — our youth,” said Heidi McPherson, CEO of The Community Foundation. “We look forward to honoring Bob’s legacy by continuing to support and enrich youth activities across the county.”

The following nonprofits have been awarded grants from the Robert Janssen Youth and Youth Sports Fund:

Robert H. Janssen Youth & Youth Sports Fund: $60,960

Central Coast Aquarium To support Tidepools on Tour scholarships $2,500
Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center To support Camp Expedition supplies and equipment $3,800
Community Foundation of Estero Bay To support sports scholarships and equipment for Estero Bay youth $5,000
Edna 4-H To support swine projects and general insurance for the club $2,600
El Camino Homeless Organization To support ECHO Children’s Programs: Sports Program $3,000
Five Cities Youth Baseball To support the Ford and Rocker Fields batting cages $2,560
Friends of Camp Natoma, Inc To support Camp Natoma Camperships $5,000
Jack’s Helping Hand To support Camp Reach for the Stars $5,000
Pacific Coast Youth Football League To support sports scholarships and equipment $5,000
SLO County YMCA To supports youth basketball programs $5,000
SLO Hockey To support scholarships and equipment $2,500
South County Youth Coalition To support sports scholarships $5,000
Surfing for Hope To support Pure Stoke Youth Surf Camps $5,000
The First Tee Central Coast To support fee wavier expenses in San Luis Obispo County $5,000
Transitions Mental Health Association To support the Youth Treatment Program- Equine Therapy $4,000

More grant opportunities for 2023 will become available through their General Grants Program, slated to commence on June 1st. As part of their ongoing outreach efforts, CFSLOCO will be conducting an informative Grant Session via Zoom on Thursday, June 8th, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Interested parties are kindly invited to click here to register and secure a spot for this session.

To see the detailed award breakdown thus far and to explore future grant opportunities, please visit https://www.cfsloco.org/nonprofits-2/grantees/ or contact Cassandra Kartashov.
Email: cassandra@cfsloco.org
Phone: (805) 543-2323