Disaster Support Fund Grants Available for Local Nonprofits
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County launched the Disaster Support Fund in mid-March to support nonprofits serving populations impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Over $450,000 has been awarded to San Luis Obispo County nonprofits to support immediate needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents who have been impacted by the Coronavirus.
We are seeking to partner with 501c3 nonprofit organizations whose mission is to serve our most vulnerable populations with basic needs (food, shelter, transportation, etc.). Vulnerable populations include but are not limited to: housing insecure, food-insecure, low-income residents, undocumented people, and other populations that have been disproportionally impacted by the pandemic. Grants are for general operating support to provide organizations with flexibility to best serve your constituents during the disaster.
The maximum grant award is $10,000 and we will continue to make grants on a weekly basis through December 2020 (or until funds are expended). Nonprofits are eligible to receive more than one grant from the Fund.
If you are considering applying for funding and have not received a grant from the Foundation we encourage you to please contact Cassandra Wagner, Director of Grants & Programs at Cassandra@cfsloco.org. Applications for grants may be accessed through our online portal HERE.
2021 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 identified by local needs assessments. Due to financial hardships created by COVID-19 we have made our grants available earlier so that we can respond to the needs of our community. Additionally, unless otherwise mentioned all grants will be unrestricted.
We are also pleased to announce that out Board of Directors has made an unprecedented allocation of $500,000 to support our region’s nonprofits during this difficult time.
This year, the Community Needs grants will become available on November 16, 2020 and will be due on January 15, 2020 at 5pm. Grant opportunities will be posted on our online portal once they become available. We will be hosting an Informational Workshop via Zoom on November 20th, from 3:30 to 5pm. If you would like to sign up to attend the workshop please join our list.
Applying and Accessing Grants
- Prepare application documents in PDF format. (e.g., project budget, organizational financial documents, Board of Directors’ Roster, etc.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Complete the Application: Insert or type required narrative and upload all the required attachments.
- 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.
The Community Needs Grant program brings multiple funds together to address the following program areas:
- Arts & Culture
- Human Services
- Senior Dances
- Seniors and People with Disabilities
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 Grants program focuses on empowering and strengthening individuals to overcome obstacles while embarking on the road to self-sufficiency.
- 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.)
Spring 2020 Grant Recipients: $416,865 Cumulative Amount Awarded
BUILD Grants: $20,000 Awarded
|San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation||To support the development and availability of free legal-aid services.||$5,000|
|Transitional Food and Shelter||To support the medically fragile homeless with housing and supportive services.||$5,000|
|Slow Money SLO||To support the growth of local small food and farm businesses that boost health and economy.||$5,000|
|The Five Cities Diversity Coalition||To support programs and resources that promote and advocate for inclusion and diversity.||$5,000|
Robert H. Janssen Youth & Youth Sports Fund: $73,800 Awarded
|Affordable Housing Paso Robles||To support youth camps aimed at breaking cycles of domestic violence and sexual abuse.||$3,000|
|Atascadero Education Foundation||To support the spread of STEM education through The Greybots robotics team.||$2,000|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County||To support mental and physical health through mentoring relationships.||$1,000|
|Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center||To support the quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders through youth camps.||$5,000|
|City Farm SLO||To support educational experiences centered in sustainable crop production and urban farm life.||$5,000|
|Community Foundation of Estero Bay||To support local family’s ability to participate in recreational programs.||$5,000|
|Cuesta College Foundation||To support the cultivation of interest in post-secondary education through summer camps for kids.||$5,000|
|Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County||To support Children’s Farmers Markets which empower children to take ownership of their eating habits and contribute to their families’ food resources.||$5,000|
|Foundation for the Performing Arts Center||To support the experience of performing arts opportunities for K-12 students.||$5,000|
|Jack’s Helping Hand||To support youth camps benefiting children with special needs and cancer.||$5,000|
|North County Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program||To support weekly one- on- one supervised adaptive sports for individuals with developmental disabilities at no cost.||$3,800|
|One Cool Earth||To support programs associated with the creation of school gardens for youth.||$5,000|
|RISE San Luis Obispo County||To support youth camps aimed at breaking cycles of domestic violence and sexual abuse.||$3,000|
|San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre||To support high-quality theatre and arts education training and performance opportunities.||$5,000|
|San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra||To support musical education experiences for children.||$5,000|
|SLO Youth Baseball||To support the development and appreciation of baseball in a positive team-oriented group.||$5,000|
|SLO County YMCA||To support financial assistance for kids to play sports and to replace old basketball equipment.||$5,000|
Growing Together: An LGBTQ Fund: $12,000 Awarded
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County||To support LGBTQ+ youth though mentoring, mentor training, and anti- bullying education for participants in elementary and high school programs.||$4,000|
|RISE San Luis Obispo County||To support no-cost individual and group therapy programs for LGBTQ+ domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors in English and Spanish.||$3,000|
|Transitions- Mental Health Association||To support the mental health of LGTBQ+ individuals and coordinate resources and training for healthcare providers.||$5,000|
Women’s Legacy Fund: $56,500 Awarded
|Aspire Academy||To support a learning environment for at-risk girls to promote potential career paths, financial responsibility, conflict resolution, and situational awareness.||$5,000|
|Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County||To support CALM (Cultivating Awareness, Living Mindfully) Project which will use small- group health coaching curriculum to teach young women at Nipomo High School strategies for overcoming adversity and building resiliency.||$20,000|
|RISE San Luis Obispo County||To support no- cost counseling and therapy programs for domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors in English and Spanish.||$20,000|
|SLO Noor Foundation||To support women’s health and preventive care for uninsured Latinas in San Luis Obispo County.||$11,500|
Opportunity to Thrive Initiative: $45,000 Awarded
|5 Cities Homeless Coalition||To support homeless individuals as they address barriers contributing to their housing instability.||$5,000|
|Casa Solana||To support recovery and self-sufficiency lessons for alcoholic/ drug addicted women.||$2,500|
|Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County||To support the stability of families to further reduce stress, create safer homes, and lessen child abuse.||$5,000|
|El Camino Homeless Organization||To support community members getting back on their feet when they are experiencing homelessness.||$5,000|
|Family Care Network, Inc.||To support youth aging out of the foster care system in transitioning to adult independence.||$5,000|
|Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.||To support independent living and full access for individuals with disabilities.||$2,500|
|Pregnancy and Parenting Support of San Luis Obispo County||To support pregnant and early parenting families move towards self- sufficiency.||$2,500|
|Restorative Partners||To support one-time financial assistance for clients who are rebuilding their lives after incarceration.||$2,500|
|RISE San Luis Obispo County||To support victims in overcoming financial barriers that could otherwise prevent them from obtaining violence- free lives.||$5,000|
|The San Luis Obispo Child Development Center||To support the strengthening and healing of families with appropriate services and additional support.||$5,000|
|Transitions-Mental Health Association||To support individuals with mental illnesses in overcoming personal obstacles and beginning recovery.||$5,000|
Community Needs Grant Program: $60,250 Awarded
|Clark Center Association||To support the opportunity of experiencing a live performance in a professional theater.||$7,500|
|Foundation for the Performing Arts Center||To support the experience of performing arts opportunities for K-12 students.||$10,000|
|Infinite Music Foundation||To support young adults with mental or physical disabilities through music, art, and movement classes.||$4,750|
|KCBX Inc.||To support arts coverage that increases public awareness and appreciation for diverse forms of local art.||$10,000|
|Orchestra Novo||To support the accessibility of classical music and encourage creativity in musical and visual art.||$7,750|
|Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation||To support the availability of music classes, materials, and instruments for children.||$6,000|
|San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre||To support the strengthening of theatre’s cultural influence.||$4,250|
|San Luis Obispo Symphony||To support musical education through stringed instruments in student’s schools.||$10,000|
Environment Grants: $28,450 Awarded
|Central Coast Aquarium||To support hands-on, high quality marine science education for students and the public.||$7,100|
|Friends of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden||To support water conservation methods and innovative design through a rainwater collection system.||$7,100|
|Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center||To support the conservation and restoration of the Dune’s ecosystem through experiential learning.||$7,100|
|One Cool Earth||To support programs associated with the creation of school gardens for youth.||$7,100|
Human Services Grants: $50,000 Awarded
|5 Cities Homeless Coalition||To support homeless individuals as they address barriers contributing to their housing instability.||$10,000|
|Atascadero Loaves and Fishes||To support community members by providing food.||$6,836|
|Firstfruits Farms SLO||To support vulnerable individuals experiencing food insecurity by providing fresh organic produce.||$4,164|
|People’s Self-Help Housing||To support the stabilization of individuals at risk of homelessness by providing social services.||$10,000|
|RISE San Luis Obispo County||To support no- cost counseling and therapy programs for domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors.||$9,000|
|Transitions-Mental Health Association||To support suicide prevention and mental health emergency management through a crisis hotline.||$10,000|
Seniors and People with Disabilities Grants: $34,465 Awarded
|Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter||To support families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.||$6,000|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County||To support disabled, at-risk children through mentoring programs.||$6,000|
|Courtney’s House||To support ongoing job training and employment opportunities, teaching vocational and life skills to enhance the lives of participants.||$4,465|
|Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County||To support the health and nutrition of food insecure seniors through free farmers markets.||$7,000|
|PathPoint||To support technology equipment to allow people with disabilities to fully access the community and maximize independence.||$4,000|
|San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation||To support residents aged 60+ by providing free legal services.||$7,000|
Senior Dances Grants: $36,400 Awarded
|Basin Street Regulars||To support musical entertainment opportunities for seniors while promoting a safe environment, physical activity, and socialization.||$10,000|
|Lompoc Senior’s Club||To support Senior’s Dances with a range of live bands and potlucks at the Dick DeWees Senior Center.||$11,400|
|San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra||To support dances for seniors that are aimed at improving physical and emotional health and well-being.||$5,000|
|Santa Maria Valley Senior Citizens Club||To support communities around Santa Maria with live music and dance for Senior Citizens.||$10,000|