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Community Impact Fund

Congratulations to the programs receiving Community Impact Fund awards in 2020 



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In order to achieve the greatest results through the Community Impact Fund, United Way supports programs in our major impact areas (Education, Health, Financial Stability and Community Strengthening), which reflect our mission of fostering structural change.



 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, an 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.

Premiere Sponsors: Don Maruska & Co.


CONGRATULATIONS 2019 Innovation Award Winner


 Youth Grants

Each winter, 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 in 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. 



CONGRATULATIONS 2019 Youth Board Grant Winners




















For questions about the Community Impact Fund, Innovation Awards, or Youth Board Grants, please contact Linda Wingert at (805) 541-1234 ext. 14.



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).