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.

Virtual Grant Informational Session on Friday, January 21th from 10:00am to 11:30am via Zoom. During the workshop we review our funding opportunities and will share tips from previous grant review committees on how to submit a competitive application. We will also have breakout sessions at the end of the meeting for Q&A for each funding opportunity.  If you’d like to attend please use this sign up sheet which includes the meeting credentials.  To apply for grant funding go here.

The remainder of our grants offered through the General Grants Program will become available on June 1st and will have a deadline of August 1st, 2022 at 5pm. We are revising our grant program to include more opportunities for unrestricted grants and larger grant award amounts.

Apply for a Grant

View our Spring 2022 Grant Awards

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.

Community Needs

The Community Needs Grant program brings multiple funds together to address the following program areas:

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

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

Community Strength

Community Strength Grants program focuses on empowering and strengthening individuals to overcome obstacles while embarking on the road to self-sufficiency.

  • Health
  • Youth Health & Wellness


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.)

Fall 2021 Grant Recipients: $272,000 Cumulative Amount Awarded

BUILD (Operating Budgets less than $500,000) Grants: $73,000 Awarded

Andrew Holland FoundationTo support the merger of The Andrew Holland Foundation and National Alliance on Mental Illness (San Luis Obispo) to better support and advocate for San Luis Obispo County residents struggling with mental illness.$9,000
Atascadero Greyhound FoundationTo support the purchase of software that will help better manage and communicate with members of the foundation.$10,000
Cal Poly CorporationTo support DEI efforts initiated by the San Luis Obispo County Food System Coalition.$7,610
City Farm San Luis ObispoTo support capital improvements for youth education.$10,000
Immigrant Hope – Santa BarbaraTo support the staffing of the Immigrant Hope extension site located in Arroyo Grande to continue to provide low-cost immigrant legal services for members of San Luis Obispo County.$8,880
One Cool EarthTo support the Garden-Based Education Program for students in San Luis Obispo County.$10,000
Paso Robles Youth Arts FoundationTo support technology updates for video production & audio recording programming.$9,900
SLO Children’s MuseumTo support staffing efforts to reopen and and offer extended hours for Moonlight Hours and Sensory Nights.$8,810

BUILD (Operating Budgets over than $500,000) Grants: $70,000 Awarded

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo CountyTo support the hiring of an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow who will work to recruit volunteers and members.$10,000
Center for Family StrengtheningTo support strategic planning and further cultivating partnerships with the LINK.$10,000
Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo CountyTo support the implementation of a grant management platform.$10,000
Friends of Camp Natoma, Inc.To support facility upgrades at Camp Natoma to prepare for Summer 2022 programs.$10,000
Hospice of San Luis Obispo CountyTo support the continuation of outreach efforts in order to raise awareness throughout San Luis Obispo County. $5,000
KCBX, Inc. To support the technology upgrades needed to continue serving the Central Coast. $10,000
San Luis Obispo County of YMCATo support technology improvements to increase efficiency and communication between staff, participants, donors, and members.$5,000
San Luis Obispo Repertory TheatreTo support light fixture improvements that are environmentally-friendly and more sustainable.$5,000
San Luis Obispo SymphonyTo support the purchase of a music library storage cabinet to protect and preserve music sheets, while also creating a more inviting environment.$10,000

Health & Wellness Grants: $109,000 Awarded

5 Cities Homeless CoalitionTo support vulnerable individuals of San Luis Obispo County by increasing access to healthcare and public benefits in order to secure permanent housing.$19,000
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo CountyTo support the Teen Wellness Program, which provides comprehensive health education to high school students.$22,933
Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo CountyTo support the purchase of culturally-appropriate foods for Latino populations who rely on SLO Food Bank’s agency partners for food support.$10,067
Jack’s Helping Hand.To support the Jack’s Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to families with children with illness and special needs.$10,000
Lumina Alliance (formerly RISE)To support survivors of sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence by providing emergency shelter, basic necessities, and case management services.$8,500
Peoples’ Self-Help HousingTo support residents of Peoples’ Self Help Housing by providing services that promote equitable health outcomes and long-term resiliency.$15,000
Tolosa Children’s Dental ClinicTo support under and uninsured children throughout San Luis Obispo County by providing preventative visits.$15,000
Transitions-Mental Health AssociationTo support the Central Coast Hotline Texting Service, which will provide support for texting services for individuals struggling with mental health.$8,500

Senior Dances Grants: $20,000 Awarded

San Luis Obispo Wind OrchestraTo support San Luis Obispo County seniors by providing dances aimed at improving their physical movement and uplifting their emotional health.$10,000
Santa Maria Valley Senior Citizens ClubTo support the addition of musicians and vocalists to the dance program. $10,000


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