Over $400,000 Awarded to Nonprofit Organizations in San Luis Obispo County

October 18, 2023

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. – Organizations across San Luis Obispo County have been awarded grants totaling over $400,000 from The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County (CFSLOCO). CFSLOCO’s Board of Directors approved the distribution of 42 grants supporting agencies and individuals making a positive impact in the areas of arts, the environment, human services, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.

This year, CFSLOCO extends its support to 14 new organizations that haven’t received competitive grants in the past three years, in addition to continuing its support for many returning nonprofit applicants.

“The goal of the General Grants Program has always been to provide funding for agencies that directly address community needs,” said Heidi McPherson, CEO of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. “We are thrilled to announce this grant cycle and extend our gratitude to these remarkable organizations for their dedication to our community.”

The grant awards are designed to provide a sense of financial stability to nonprofit organizations, with more than 78% of the unrestricted grants supporting nonprofits for the next two years. The average award amount totals over $19,000, ensuring that organizations have the resources they need to continue their vital work. 

“We are always grateful to be a recipient of this award, it makes such a difference in our clients’ lives when we get to say ‘Yes!’ to requests that would typically go unfunded,” says Devon McQuade, Associate Director of 5Cities Homeless Coalition, one of this year’s grant recipients. “We so appreciate the Foundation’s continued support.”

The following grantees have been awarded in this year’s General Grants Cycle*:

  1. AmpSurf (Association of Amputee Surfers)
  2. NatureTrack Foundation
  3. Foundation for the Performing Arts
  4. Opera SLO
  5. Paso Robles Youth Arts Center
  6. Cambria Center for the Arts
  7. City Farm SLO
  8. Diversity Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
  9. Environmental Center of SLO
  10. FirstFruits Farm
  11. Gala Pride and Diversity Center
  12. Morro Bay Art Association
  13. Senior Volunteer Services
  14. SLO Wind Orchestra, Inc.
  15. Central Coast State Parks Association
  16. Ecologistics (Five Cities Repair Café and Home Front Environmental Justice, Morro Bay)
  17. Planned Parenthood California Central Coast
  18. Atascadero Loaves & Fishes
  19. Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County
  20. Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County
  21. Community Counseling Center of San Luis Obispo County
  22. Monterey College of Law
  23. 5Cities Homeless Coalition
  24. Child Development Resource Center of San Luis Obispo County
  25. El Camino Homeless Organization
  26. Lumina Alliance
  27. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing
  28. Restorative Partners
  29. SLO County UndocuSupport
  30. South County Youth Coalition
  31. Mr. Carlos Giovanni Ortega
  32. Jewish Community Center San Luis Obispo
  33. Long Term Care Ombudsman Services
  34. Basin Street Regulars – Central Coast Hot Jazz Society
  35. Morro Bay Senior Citizens, Inc
  36. Santa Margarita Area Seniors Citizens Club
  37. Santa Maria Valley Senior Citizen’s Club
  38. SLO Jazz Festival

*A total of 42 grants were awarded to 38 organizations and one individual. 

“We are humbled and oh so grateful for the support and encouragement of our Repair Café initiatives here in SLO County,” says Linda Busek, Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist of the Five Cities Repair Café, which recently launched the new Poly Repair Café at the Bonderson Engineering Complex at Cal Poly.

“We are deeply grateful and honored by this two-year financial commitment,” says James Statler, Executive Director of Community Counseling Center. “The timing couldn’t be more perfect, as our Student Mental Wellness Programs are in full swing, now reaching more sites than ever in collaboration with San Luis Coastal and Lucia Mar.”

For a detailed list of grantees, click HERE.  For further questions about grants from CFSLOCO, please contact Anna BoydBucy at anna@cfsloco.org.