Community Based Organization and Preventative Health Grants

Who can use this service?

Only non-profit organizations with recognized tax exempt status that promote the personal health, stability, independence and well-being of people in San Luis Obispo County can submit a grant application.

Questions regarding these grants should be directed to the County Administrative Office at (805) 781-5011.

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

What is the process?

Step 1: Request for Application

The County will release a Request for Application (RFA). 

Step 2: Apply for Grant Funding

Once the RFA is published by the County, organizations or individuals must apply for grant funding by the deadline in order to be considered. Incomplete or late applications and/or electronic submittals will not be accepted. 

Step 3: Review Period

A Grant Review Committee will evaluate the applications and make recommendations to the County Administrative Office.

Step 4: Recommendations to Board of Supervisors

The Administrative Office will review the committee's recommended grant recipients and make final recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.

Step 5: Approval, Grants Awarded

Grants will be approved by the Board of Supervisors, as timely as possible, at an available Board meeting as part of the consent agenda.

When and where is this service offered?

Grant applications will be reviewed by the Community Based Organization/Preventive Health Grant (CBO/PHG) Review Committee, which is made up of representatives appointed by the Adult Policy Council, the Behavioral Health Advisory Board, the Health Commission and the Children's Services Network. This committee will make recommendations to the County Administrative Officer and the Board of Supervisors for grants awarded each year. 

Location, directions and hours of operation

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New Government Center

Monday - Friday 8-5

1055 Monterey Street D430 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Tel: (805) 781-5011

Fax: (805) 781-5023

Frequently Asked Questions

How are projects or programs selected to receive grant funding?

Program/project funding shall not be used to supplant other revenue sources. Local programs/projects must support and complement (not duplicate) the efforts of the County's health and human services departments in promoting the health and wellbeing of the community, encouraging behaviors and activities that focus on enabling County residents to reach and maintain optimal health stability and independence. 

Programs/Projects will be reviewed and prioritized, among other things, on:

  1. Local need;
  2. Funding sources, including funds received from other County sources (i.e. Probation Department); ability to leverage the grant funds;
  3. Program/project goals, results, outputs/outcomes; if applicable, projected results from prior year;
  4. Program cost compared with number of people served;
  5. Geographic distribution of services;
  6. Percentage of requested funding being used for direct services;
  7. Program/project sustainability with funds granted;
  8. Collaboration with other community based agencies and County departments;
  9. Organizational cultural competency.
How are these grants funded?

The Community Based Organization Grant program receives its funding from the County General Fund. The Preventive Health Grant program receives its funding from a lawsuit settled by the tobacco industry in 1998.

How much grant funding is available?

The amount of grant funding varies from year to year. The Community Based Organization Grant program receives its funding from the County General Fund. For example, a total of $1,005,500 was distributed to community based nonprofit organizations in FY 2017-18. The Preventive Health Grant program receives its funding from a lawsuit settled by the tobacco industry in 1998. For example, $401,500 was awarded for preventive health grants in FY 2017-18. 

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