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Opportunity to Thrive Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits in San Luis
Obispo County to Help Individuals in Need

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County (SLOCCF)

Deadline Date:

09/15/17 5:00 PM PST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to California nonprofits in San Luis Obispo County to provide one-time assistance to individuals to overcome a short-term barrier and achieve self-sufficiency. Priority will be given to programs that help individuals in transition, such as youth exiting the foster system, women leaving domestic violence shelters, families at risk of homelessness, individuals completing rehabilitation, and re-entry into the workforce.

The Opportunity to Thrive grant program supports organizations utilizing a family advocate or case manager to develop and track a client’s self-sufficiency plan. The fund supports organizations that have demonstrated the ability to administer and monitor a hardship assistance fund. Ultimately, Opportunity to Thrive endeavors to support one-time assistance that will make a significant difference in removing a barrier or hurdle to self-sufficiency.

It is the intent of the Foundation to evaluate proposals and applicant organizations based on the following:

- 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

It is the intent of The Foundation that the Opportunity Fund will be used as follows:

- 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, preventing utility shutoff. Funds are not intended for ongoing living expenses such as food or housing. The amount of assistance to any one individual or family is not capped, but the intent is to serve as many as possible through the fund.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180760

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum available grant size is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

One-year grants will be provided.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are local human service providers who currently work with populations striving for self-sufficiency and have the capacity to assess and administer an assistance fund.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposal notifications for awards will be announced in mid-November 2017. All applications must be submitted online. Paper applications will not be accepted.

More information on how to apply:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Len Smolburd, Grants Manager

The Community Foundation
550 Dana Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Luis Obispo County

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