The Spring 2020 General Grant Cycle will open on January 31 and close on March 31.

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 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.

Funding decisions are made through a community review process. Review committee members receive training focused on specific grant program guidelines and best practices in grant proposal evaluation. Along with qualitative information the reviewers are trained to look for supporting data to fully evaluate the overall proposal’s merit, community need and potential impact. The Community Foundation strongly encourages grant applicants to utilize relevant data when communicating the need and potential impact of the program or project being described in the proposal. Please consider the following data sources when preparing your next funding proposal to The Community Foundation.

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 grant cycles: Community Needs, Community Focus and Community Strength. Each of these focus on various program and interest areas.†

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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

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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 Initiative Fund
  • Robert H. Janssen Youth & Youth Sports Fund
  • Opportunity to Thrive
  • Women’s Legacy Fund

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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

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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.)

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