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Community Impact Fund Grant

Grants to San Luis Obispo County, California Nonprofits for Education,
Health, Financial Stability, and Community Strengthening

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Foundation / Corporation

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United Way of San Luis Obispo (SLO) County - Community Impact Fund

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

10/11/17 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of up to $5,000 to San Luis Obispo County, California nonprofit organizations for programs that will make a positive and measurable impact on local communities. Funding is intended for education, health, financial stability, and nonprofit capacity building.

Community Impact Fund grant awards will be evaluated specifically on the following criteria:

- Addresses at least one of United Way’s impact areas, Education, Health, Financial Stability, or Community Strengthening
- Components of structural change
- Has a positive impact on the community, producing clearly identified outcomes that contribute to the quality of life for SLO County residents
- Represents a clearly-defined and integral part of an organization’s overall, coherent strategy for meeting a community need
- Leverages other resources from inside or outside the community – that is, uses current resources to generate or facilitate the generation of additional resources in the form of matching grants, in-kind donations, volunteers, etc

Focus Area Details:

- Education: Childhood and youth success is the cornerstone of individual and community success. These programs promote a well-rounded education and provide necessary tools for youth to reach their potential and develop the skills needed to become active participants in the community.

- Financial Stability: Improved economic mobility helps families, individuals and youth with limited resources achieve and maintain their independence and supporting services that foster self-sufficiency and long-term stability.

- Health: Programs advocating for healthy lifestyle choices and ensuring access for community residents to primary and preventive health care, education, and services to attain physical and mental well-being.

- Community Strengthening: By increasing the quantity, quality, or efficiency of the services, operations or capacity of a nonprofit organization, enhancing collaborations in which two or more agencies achieve shared positive outcomes, or encouraging community volunteerism, we build capacity to advance the Common Good.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141647

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposals may be made for any amount up to a maximum of $5,000 per program.

Term of Contract:

Grants are made for a period of twelve months, beginning January 1, 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Through the Community Impact Fund, United Way of San Luis Obispo County supports programs, projects and activities in San Luis Obispo County offered by charitable organizations that have a current tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) and that have held this status for at least three years.

Organizations that do not meet this criterion may seek a collaborative partner to serve as the lead agency or fiscal agent for a joint application.

United Way of San Luis Obispo County is committed to equal employment opportunity and nondiscriminatory service provision. In order to be eligible for funds from United Way’s Community Impact Fund, agency programs receiving funds may not discriminate against recipients of program services because of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical and/or mental disability.

Applicants must verify and demonstrate sound financial management, fiscal accountability and managerial and/or administrative competence.

United Way of San Luis Obispo County does not make Community Impact Fund grants to:

- Individuals
- Fraternal organizations, unless in support of a specific program open to or benefiting the entire community without regard to membership status
- Governmental organizations, unless part of a collaborative project with a communitybased organization
- Fundraising events such as walk-a-thons, tournaments, fashion shows, auctions or dinners
- Endowment funds
- Scholarships (in which cash is given directly to an individual), fellowships, travel grants and technical or specialized research
- Pay off past debts or existing obligations
- Pay for capital (building) projects or improvements
- Organizations and programs designed to elect candidates to public office
- Organizations with religious or membership affiliations unless the program is open to the entire community without regard to religious beliefs or membership status
- Organizations located outside San Luis Obispo County unless for a specific program benefiting residents of – and conducted within – San Luis Obispo County

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technology Workshop: For a tutorial of the online application.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

Proposal Seminar: For information about grant narrative and logic models.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Space is limited for both of these events. Please RSVP to Rachel Cementina (see Contact Information below).

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by October 11, 2017 by 11:59 PST.

Notification of funding will be made on or about December 8, 2017.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

RSVP for a workshop or seminar to Rachel Cementina at For questions, call (805) 541-1234.

Register and apply online for a Community Impact Fund grant:

United Way
1288 Morro St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Luis Obispo County