Disaster Support Fund Grants Available for Local Nonprofits

We are seeking to partner with local 501(c)3 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: homeless, food-insecure, low-income residents, and undocumented people. Grants are for general operating support to provide organizations with flexibility to best serve your constituents during the disaster. Support for these grants is provided through donations to the Foundation’s Disaster Support Fund.

The maximum grant amount is $20,000 with an average grant amount of $7,000. Award size is determined by the number of people served and the capacity of the nonprofit. Nonprofits are eligible to receive more than one grant from the Fund.

In order to be eligible for funding a nonprofit must have received a grant from the Foundation. If you are considering applying for funding and want to know if your organization has been a grant recipient, please contact Cassandra@cfsloco.org.

Applications for grants may be accessed through our online portal HERE.

View our Spring 2020 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.
  3. You may watch a recording of a Grant Information Session recorded on Zoom on September 24, 2020 for our Fall 2020 Grants Program on YouTube.

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.

Apply for a Grant


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. The annual grant calendar is released in the beginning of each calendar year and consists of all planned grant opportunities along with available deadlines and submission requirements.

The grant program consists of three regular grant cycles: Community Needs, Community Focus and Community Strength. Each of these 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

BUILD

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 FoundationTo support the development and availability of free legal-aid services.$5,000
Transitional Food and ShelterTo support the medically fragile homeless with housing and supportive services.$5,000
Slow Money SLOTo support the growth of local small food and farm businesses that boost health and economy.$5,000
The Five Cities Diversity CoalitionTo 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 RoblesTo support youth camps aimed at breaking cycles of domestic violence and sexual abuse.$3,000
Atascadero Education FoundationTo support the spread of STEM education through The Greybots robotics team.$2,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo CountyTo support mental and physical health through mentoring relationships.$1,000
Central Coast Autism Spectrum CenterTo support the quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders through youth camps.$5,000
City Farm SLOTo support educational experiences centered in sustainable crop production and urban farm life.$5,000
Community Foundation of Estero BayTo support local family’s ability to participate in recreational programs.$5,000
Cuesta College FoundationTo support the cultivation of interest in post-secondary education through summer camps for kids.$5,000
Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo CountyTo 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 CenterTo support the experience of performing arts opportunities for K-12 students.$5,000
Jack’s Helping HandTo support youth camps benefiting children with special needs and cancer.$5,000
North County Adaptive Sports and Recreation ProgramTo support weekly one- on- one supervised adaptive sports for individuals with developmental disabilities at no cost.$3,800
One Cool EarthTo support programs associated with the creation of school gardens for youth.$5,000
RISE San Luis Obispo CountyTo support youth camps aimed at breaking cycles of domestic violence and sexual abuse.$3,000
San Luis Obispo Repertory TheatreTo support high-quality theatre and arts education training and performance opportunities.$5,000
San Luis Obispo Wind OrchestraTo support musical education experiences for children.$5,000
SLO Youth BaseballTo support the development and appreciation of baseball in a positive team-oriented group.$5,000
SLO County YMCATo 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 CountyTo 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 CountyTo 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 AssociationTo 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 AcademyTo 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 CountyTo 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 CountyTo support no- cost counseling and therapy programs for domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors in English and Spanish.$20,000
SLO Noor FoundationTo 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 CoalitionTo support homeless individuals as they address barriers contributing to their housing instability.$5,000
Casa SolanaTo support recovery and self-sufficiency lessons for alcoholic/ drug addicted women.$2,500
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo CountyTo support the stability of families to further reduce stress, create safer homes, and lessen child abuse.$5,000
El Camino Homeless OrganizationTo 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 CountyTo support pregnant and early parenting families move towards self- sufficiency.$2,500
Restorative PartnersTo support one-time financial assistance for clients who are rebuilding their lives after incarceration.$2,500
RISE San Luis Obispo CountyTo support victims in overcoming financial barriers that could otherwise prevent them from obtaining violence- free lives.$5,000
The San Luis Obispo Child Development CenterTo support the strengthening and healing of families with appropriate services and additional support.$5,000
Transitions-Mental Health AssociationTo support individuals with mental illnesses in overcoming personal obstacles and beginning recovery.$5,000

Community Needs Grant Program: $60,250 Awarded

Clark Center AssociationTo support the opportunity of experiencing a live performance in a professional theater.$7,500
Foundation for the Performing Arts CenterTo support the experience of performing arts opportunities for K-12 students.$10,000
Infinite Music FoundationTo 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 NovoTo support the accessibility of classical music and encourage creativity in musical and visual art.$7,750
Paso Robles Youth Arts FoundationTo support the availability of music classes, materials, and instruments for children.$6,000
San Luis Obispo Repertory TheatreTo support the strengthening of theatre’s cultural influence.$4,250
San Luis Obispo SymphonyTo support musical education through stringed instruments in student’s schools.$10,000

Environment Grants: $28,450 Awarded

Central Coast AquariumTo support hands-on, high quality marine science education for students and the public.$7,100
Friends of the San Luis Obispo Botanical GardenTo support water conservation methods and innovative design through a rainwater collection system.$7,100
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes CenterTo support the conservation and restoration of the Dune’s ecosystem through experiential learning.$7,100
One Cool EarthTo support programs associated with the creation of school gardens for youth.$7,100

Human Services Grants: $50,000 Awarded

5 Cities Homeless CoalitionTo support homeless individuals as they address barriers contributing to their housing instability.$10,000
Atascadero Loaves and FishesTo support community members by providing food.$6,836
Firstfruits Farms SLOTo support vulnerable individuals experiencing food insecurity by providing fresh organic produce.$4,164
People’s Self-Help HousingTo support the stabilization of individuals at risk of homelessness by providing social services.$10,000
RISE San Luis Obispo CountyTo support no- cost counseling and therapy programs for domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors.$9,000
Transitions-Mental Health AssociationTo 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 ChapterTo support families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.$6,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo CountyTo support disabled, at-risk children through mentoring programs.$6,000
Courtney’s HouseTo 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 CountyTo support the health and nutrition of food insecure seniors through free farmers markets.$7,000
PathPointTo support technology equipment to allow people with disabilities to fully access the community and maximize independence.$4,000
San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance FoundationTo support residents aged 60+ by providing free legal services.$7,000

Senior Dances Grants: $36,400 Awarded

Basin Street RegularsTo support musical entertainment opportunities for seniors while promoting a safe environment, physical activity, and socialization.$10,000
Lompoc Senior’s ClubTo support Senior’s Dances with a range of live bands and potlucks at the Dick DeWees Senior Center.$11,400
San Luis Obispo Wind OrchestraTo support dances for seniors that are aimed at improving physical and emotional health and well-being.$5,000
Santa Maria Valley Senior Citizens ClubTo support communities around Santa Maria with live music and dance for Senior Citizens.$10,000

Grants

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