united way slo county United Way of San Luis Obispo County is pleased to announce the 2020 Community Impact Fund is currently accepting online applications.

Please visit the United Way of San Luis Obispo County’s 2020 Community Impact Grant webpage for more information and to APPLY, visit unitedwayslo.communityforce.com.

New for 2020, CIF Grant Winners will be awarded up to $10,000 each! There are a minimum of 7 grants to be awarded.

Application Deadline is Friday, October 11, 2019 by 11:59pm

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Please review 2020 FUNDING CRITERIA AND INSTRUCTIONS document prior to submitting your application.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2019 (11:59 p.m.) PST Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

United Way of San Luis Obispo County is grateful for the many local and national companies who host annual Workplace Giving Programs, allow them to gather support from thousands of individuals, and for the generous corporate donations they receive for the Community Impact Fund.


United Way of San Luis Obispo County’s mission is to foster structural change by addressing root causes in order to safeguard the future of our community.

Our vision is a strong, healthy, compassionate community that gives youth the foundation to thrive and succeed.

We are an independent nonprofit public benefit corporation governed by a board of local volunteers, affiliated by membership with United Way Worldwide but addressing local needs as determined by our local communities. We seek to highlight critical health and human service issues and to focus volunteer support and contributions where the need is greatest in our community.



Through the Community Impact Fund, United Way of San Luis Obispo County supports programs, projects and activities in San Luis Obispo County offered by charitable organizations that have a current tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) and that have held this status for at least three years. Organizations that do not meet this criterion may seek a collaborative partner to serve as the lead agency or fiscal agent for a joint application.

United Way of San Luis Obispo County is committed to equal employment opportunity and nondiscriminatory service provision. In order to be eligible for funds from United Way’s Community Impact Fund, agency programs receiving funds may not discriminate against recipients of program services because of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical and/or mental disability. The United Way Board of Directors will make the determination whether an agency complies with this policy. United Way further encourages agencies to adopt the broadest possible nondiscrimination policies in the interest of inclusiveness in services to the community.

Applicants must verify and demonstrate sound financial management, fiscal accountability and managerial and/or administrative competence. For specifics, see the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability, give.org/for-charities/How-We-Accredit-Charities/.

Grants are awarded at the discretion of the United Way Board of Directors. Proposals for Community Impact Fund grant awards will be evaluated specifically on the following criteria:

  • Addresses at least one of United Way’s impact areas, Education, Health, Financial Stability, or Community Strengthening
  • Components of structural change
  • Has a positive impact on the community, producing clearly identified outcomes that contribute to the quality of life for SLO County residents
  • Represents a clearly-defined and integral part of an organization’s overall, coherent strategy for meeting a community need
  • Leverages other resources from inside or outside the community – that is, uses current resources to generate or facilitate the generation of additional resources in the form of matching grants, in-kind donations, volunteers, etc.

United Way works in partnership with local agencies, businesses, service organizations, governments, and individuals to zero in on our community’s most pressing needs. Through the generosity of local individual, business and employee donations, they have a limited amount of unrestricted funds available for local grant making.

EXCLUSIONS: United Way of San Luis Obispo County does not make Community Impact Fund grants to:

  • Individuals
  • Fraternal organizations, unless in support of a specific program open to or benefiting the entire community without regard to membership status
  • Governmental organizations, unless part of a collaborative project with a community-based organization
  • Fundraising events such as walk-a-thons, tournaments, fashion shows, auctions or dinners
  • Endowment funds
  • Scholarships (in which cash is given directly to an individual), fellowships, travel grants and technical or specialized research
  • Pay off past debts or existing obligations
  • Pay for capital (building) projects or improvements
  • Organizations and programs designed to elect candidates to public office
  • Organizations with religious or membership affiliations unless the program is open to the entire community without regard to religious beliefs or membership status
  • Organizations located outside San Luis Obispo County unless for a specific program benefiting residents of – and conducted within – San Luis Obispo County

For questions or more information call United Way at 805-541-1234 and ask for Linda Wingert.