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2021 Opportunity to Thrive Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits in Eligible Locations
to Help Individuals Reach Self-Sufficiency

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County (SLOCCF)

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 5:00 PM PST


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Grants of up to $25,000 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to provide assistance to individuals to overcome short-term barriers to self-sufficiency. Funding is intended to remove financial barriers to success for individuals who are trying to help themselves. This program should benefit the residents of San Luis Obispo County.

Grants from the “Opportunity Fund” are intended to support individuals striving for self-sufficiency and who are in need of transitional assistance to overcome a short-term or one-time barrier. Of particular interest are individuals who are in transition, e.g. foster youth exiting the system, women leaving domestic violence shelters, families at risk of homelessness, individuals completing rehabilitation, re-entry into the workforce. One-year grants will be provided to local human service providers who currently work with populations striving for self-sufficiency and have the capacity to assess and administer an assistance fund.

Funding Priorities:

  • One-time assistance that will make a big difference in removing a barrier or hurdle to self-sufficiency, targeted to individuals who have demonstrated their attempt to help themselves.
  • One-time assistance provided for “a leg up,” rather than short-term impact or ongoing needs.
  • Assistance for as many individuals/families as possible while providing sufficient support to overcome the barrier.
  • Assistance which fills a gap in the support network and does not supplant other existing funding.

Examples of transitional assistance include: security deposit for rental unit, uniform purchase or job appropriate apparel, transportation assistance, car repair, used car purchase, tuition, training fees or materials, equipment or tools, legal consultation, assistive device for recently disabled individuals, prescription medication, credit counseling, tattoo removal, and preventing utility shutoff.

Funding Criteria:

  • Organizations with regular/ongoing contact with target populations as part of usual program work, ideally in a “case management” relationship
  • Demonstrated ability to administer and monitor a hardship assistance fund
  • Ability of organization to maximize amount of grant to be used in direct assistance (low indirect administration rate), and complement, not supplant, existing services
  • Organization is able to leverage existing infrastructure and capacity to administer the program

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180760

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award will be $25,000.

Term of Contract:

One-year grants will be provided.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation’s grants program provides a diverse range of opportunities for nonprofit organizations that directly address community needs identified by local needs assessments.

Funds are not intended for ongoing living expenses such as food or housing.

Pre-Application Information:

- Begin Accepting Applications Date: 11/16/2020
- Deadline Date (PST Time Zone): 1/15/2021 5:00 PM

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Luis Obispo County

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