2022 General Grants

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County grants program provides a diverse range of opportunities for nonprofit organizations that directly address community needs.

The Foundation held a Virtual Grant Informational Session on Friday, June 17, 2022. To view the recording go here.

The General Grant Program will accept applications from June 15, 2022 through August 15, 2022 at 5pm. Applicants will be notified of their award status in December 2022.

Apply for a Grant

Applying and Accessing Grants

  1. Prepare application documents in PDF format. (e.g., project budget, organizational financial documents, Board of Directors’ Roster, etc.)
  2. Access online grants application through the Online Grants Management Portal.

Contact Director of Grants & Programs Cassandra Wagner at Cassandra@cfsloco.org if you have any questions about eligibility, program fit, or the grantmaking program.

Online Application Instructions

To submit or access your organization’s online application, follow the instructions below.

  1. Create or Access Account: If you are new to our online grants system, you will need to create an account. Creating an account allows you to save your work and gives you access to your application during the application process. Please access the Online Grants Management Portal to access an existing account or create an account.
  2. Complete the Application: Insert or type required narrative and upload all the required attachments.
  3. Submission: Once all elements of the proposal are completed, submit the application using the Online Grants Management Portal.

Review the guidelines and all available grant opportunities by visiting the Online Grants Management Portal.

Our grants focus on various program and interest areas.

General Grants

The General Grant Program brings multiple funds together to address following program areas:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Environment
  • Human Services
  • Senior Dances
  • Seniors and People with Disabilities

All grants will be unrestricted. Grants are available from June 15 through August 15, 2022.

Opportunity to Thrive

Grants focus on empowering and strengthening individuals to overcome obstacles while embarking on the road to self-sufficiency.

Grants are available from June 15 through August 15, 2022.


The goal of the BUILD (Building Unity, Infrastructure, Leadership and Development) Grant program is to provide capacity building funding for agencies with an annual operating budget of less than $500,000. The Foundation aims to strengthen nonprofit organizations with smaller operating budgets by supporting their efforts in increasing capacity and improving infrastructure. Currently the BUILD Grant program is offered twice per year, in the spring and fall. BUILD Grants are available for general operating purposes as well as planned projects in the following areas:

  • Capacity building
  • Staff or board training and development
  • Communications or donor development efforts
  • Capital equipment improvement (hardware, software, furniture, etc.)

Grants are available from June 15 through August 15, 2022.

Community Focus

The Community Focus Grant program works closely with Field of Interest and donor designated funds to address specific challenges. This grant provides funding in the following areas:

  • Growing Together: An LGBTQ Fund
  • Robert H. Janssen Youth & Youth Sports Fund
  • Opportunity to Thrive
  • Women’s Legacy Fund

Application will become available early 2023.


Connect With Us
Cassandra Wagner Director of Grants & Programs 805-543-2323