United Way of SLO County is fortunate to have the opportunity to provide funding to local nonprofit agencies in addition to annual Community Impact Fund grants. If you are interested in learning more about any of the following opportunities, please contact the United Way office.
Emergency Grants – United Way is able to accommodate emergency grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations on a limited basis. If your organization is in need of one-time emergency funding, please contact Rick London at (805) 541-1234 ext. 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovation Award – The United Way Innovation Award recognizes local nonprofit organizations for their outstanding work in the community. Though award criteria may vary each year, emphasis is generally placed on programs that are highly effective and innovative in nature, and that have been enhanced by functional collaborations with other nonprofits, businesses or government organizations. We would like to thank this year's sponsors, Don Maruska & Co., IQMS, and RRM Design Group for providing a grant award in the amount of $5,000. Nominations for the 2013 Innovation award are currently being accepted. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m.
Click here to see a list of past recipients. Contact Rachel Cementina at (805) 541-1234 ext. 16 or email@example.com for more information.
Special Initiatives – Over the years United Way has awarded funding to start or support important programs that keep our community safe, healthy and vibrant. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis, but have included activities such as helping to develop an affordable housing trust fund through the Supportive Housing Consortium ($10,000 in 2000); joining other local funders to attract a $500,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation matching grant to open La Clinica de Tolosa dental clinic for low-income children (2002); raising more than $82,000 for San Simeon earthquake relief efforts and long-term rebuilding (2003); supporting the establishment of 2-1-1 SLO County, an information and referral phone number for those in need of health and human services ($25,000 in 2006); and supporting Beginnings of San Luis Obispo County, a collaborative dedicated to helping women in their efforts to abstain from alcohol, tobacco and other harmful substances during pregnancy ($75,000 from 2008-2011).
Youth Board Grants – Each spring, the United Way Youth Board allocates three $1,000 grant awards to local groups that have created projects that have a positive impact on youth (up to age 19), and incorporate the 40 Developmental Assets and other youth development principles. The group is required to be based within San Luis Obispo County and the project must be carried out within the county. Strong projects allow the youth group planning the project to gain knowledge and skills. It will primarily benefit youth in the community, not just the project planners, and should be both creative and realistic. Applications are peer reviewed by members of the Youth Board. This group of high school students seeks to increase philanthropy and leadership in San Luis Obispo County youth, and improve programs to better serve our community.
The United Way of San Luis Obispo County Youth Board has awarded three $1,000 grants to local youth projects and programs for 2012. The grants were awarded to:
Improvement of Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County’s Sinsheimer School Based Program
Restorative Partners’ Juvenile Hall Project