District Community Project Grants
What is this service?
The County provides grant funding to one-time public projects deemed by the Board of Supervisors to benefit the community. The project could be part of a larger project or program. For example, community project funds may pay for 300 meals for seniors, with additional meals being provided through a different funding source. The County's project would be the 300 meals and one "service unit" would be each meal or each senior that is served.
Who can use this service?
Nonprofit organizations, cities, school districts, Board recognized advisory bodies and/or commissions, community services districts, or other qualified public agencies, including a County agency or department may apply for a District Community Project Grant. Each applicant must complete an application for community project funds.
Here is a link to the Community Project 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: Apply for Grant Funding
Organizations or groups must fill out and complete a grant application and send it to the Board of Supervisors, 1055 Monterey St., D430, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408. Applications can also be emailed, but the original application is required prior to processing any subsequent agreement.
Step 2: Review Period
Each elected district supervisor will review the grant applications and decide whether or not to allocate grant funding for a project.
Step 3: Approval, Grants Awarded
Each elected district supervisor can allocate $1,500 or less to a district community project requesting grant funding. When a district supervisor approves more than $1,500 in grant funding for one project, the Board of Supervisors is required to approve the grant as part of a public meeting. This is typically done via the Board's consent agenda.
When and where is this service offered?
Grant applications are accepted year-round. However, grant applications for events with specific dates must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the date of the event. The County will not provide grant funding for an event or project that has already occurred.
Location, directions and hours of operation
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1055 Monterey Street D430 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Tel: (805) 781-5011
Fax: (805) 781-5023
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I submit a grant application for a specific event?
Grant applications for events with specific dates must be submitted, at a minimum, 30 days in advance of the date of the event. County funds cannot be granted for events that have already occurred. However, the Board, at its discretion, may consider, on a case by case basis, an application submitted past the 30-day deadline.
What should be included in the grant application project description?
It is important that the project description be very specific, as it may be audited for verification that it has been carried out in accordance with the terms of the agreement with the County. Thus, for example, carrying out the "good work" of the county band is not an acceptable project. The project must be defined in terms of the number of band performances, time and dates of the performance, number of people who will benefit from the performance, cost per performance, etc. and how County residents will benefit from the project.
What types of community projects are typically funded?
One-time public projects deemed to be of benefit to the County of San Luis Obispo by the County Board of Supervisors are funded by this grant program. County funds may be used for the specific purpose of funding a particular project and/or event of a non-profit organization, city, school district, Board recognized advisory body and/or commission, community services district, or other qualified public agency including a County agency or department that will achieve a certain goal which is beneficial to the County. The County may not, however, make donations, pay for past events, past good works or "match funds" raised by a certain group because such donations are considered a gift of public funds and are specifically prohibited by state law.
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