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2021 Community Needs Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits in Eligible Areas
for Programs that Benefit the Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County (CFSLOC)

Conf. Date:

11/20/20

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 5:00 PM PST

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for projects and programs that benefit the local community. Funding is intended for activities within the focus areas of human services, the environment, seniors, and people with disabilities. Eligible applicants are located in and serve San Luis Obispo County.

Funding areas:

  • Environment: implementation of programs focused on education and sustainability that includes efforts focused on climate mitigation, sustainable agriculture and forestry, water, and land conservation. Grants are unrestricted but applicants should apply as if this was a project grant. 
  • Human Services: Improving the quality of life by providing for basic needs and social service programs, focusing on direct services. Grants are unrestricted but applicants should apply as if this was a project grant. 
  • Senior Dances: Funding is designated for organizations/programs providing social interaction and community building focused on seniors, through music and dancing. If awarded the funds can only be used to pay for musician(s) providing live entertainment. 
  • Seniors and People with Disabilities: Funding is designated for organizations/programs providing direct services for individuals with disabilities and/or seniors. Grants are unrestricted but applicants should apply as if this was a project grant.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180757

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Environment: Up to $5,000.
- Human Services: Up to $10,000.
- Senior Dances: Up to $10,000.
- Seniors and People with Disabilities: Up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is up to one year from the award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County supports charitable organizations whose programs primarily benefit San Luis Obispo County residents. An organization must have a current tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) or a current memorandum of understanding outlining fiscal sponsorship partnership to apply.

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County does not make grants to/for:
- Individuals
- Organizations that discriminate based on age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion
- Fraternal Organizations, unless in support of a specific program open to or benefiting the entire community
- Governmental Organizations
- Indirect Administrative costs greater than 15% of the awarded funds (indirect administrative funds are defined as office supplies and do not include staff time)
- Fundraising events such as annual campaigns, walk-a-thons, tournaments, fashion shows, auctions or dinners
- Organizations with religious affiliations unless the program is open to the entire community without regard to religious beliefs
- Organizations and programs designed to elect candidates to public office
- Organizations located outside San Luis Obispo County unless for a specific program benefiting residents of-and conducted within-San Luis Obispo County
- Pay off past debts or existing obligations
- Endowment funds
- Scholarships, fellowships, travel grants, and technical or specialized research

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Foundation will be hosting an Informational Workshop via Zoom on November 20th, from 3:30 to 5 pm. If you would like to sign up to attend the workshop please join the list.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by January 15, 2020, at 5:00 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Online Application: https://cfsloco.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx

Sign up for the workshop: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jKNJGgsHSgyUTVhdQJAzUn4vVae62T0EfbUSNa7-WOk/edit?usp=sharing

Contact Director of Grants & Programs Cassandra Wagner at Cassandra@cfsloco.org if you have any questions about eligibility, program fit, or the grantmaking program.

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