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Grants to California Youth Working with Nonprofits, Faith-Based Organizations, or Schools for Projects to Benefit Local Youth

Youth Board Grant

GrantWatch ID# 185157

Funding Source
United Way of San Luis Obispo (SLO) County - United Way Youth Board
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: San Luis Obispo County

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/17/23 11:59 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants of $1,000 to California youth or groups of youth working with an adult mentor and a nonprofit organization, faith-based organization, or school in eligible regions for projects that have a positive impact on local youth. Projects should be creative and have a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Eligible activities must be carried out in San Luis Obispo County.

Each year, the United Way Youth Board accepts applications for grant awards to local groups that have created projects having a positive impact on youth (up to age 19). All applications are peer-reviewed by members of the Youth Board, United Way's group of high school students seeking to increase equity, philanthropy and leadership in San Luis Obispo County youth, and improve programs to better serve the community.

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. UWSLOC will fund:

  • Materials for supplies or physical items you will use in order to complete your project, for example, food, drinks, art supplies, prizes, decorations, equipment rental, space rental, etc.
  • Equipment that will likely last beyond the terms of the project, for example, books, games, software, digital cameras, sports equipment, etc.
  • Travel expenses including bus passes, van rental, or other transportation fees within San Luis Obispo County.
  • Professional services such as fees paid for speakers, entertainers, trainers, or other performers hired as part of your project.
  • Communications and outreach including postage, printing, design, copying, and other costs for producing publications or fees associated with media coverage.

Examples of strong programs and projects:

  • Mural that brightens up a neighborhood, school or vacant lot.
  • Gardening project that trains youth how to run a business.
  • School or community magazine that showcases the art and writing of local youth.
  • Campaign to promote more nutritious food options in schools.
  • Research project that provides information about community resources for young people.
  • Campaign to get local liquor stores to stop advertising alcohol and cigarettes to minors. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The group responsible must be located in San Luis Obispo County.

Student-submitted applications must have an adult ally or mentor and a sponsoring organization. This organization can be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, school, or faith-based organization.

Items not considered for funding are:
- Any expenses that are not directly related to carrying out the program.
- Salaries, overhead, or operating expenses incurred by the sponsoring organization or school. No portion of the grant may be used to cover agency fees.
- Projects that discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or physical and/or mental disability.
- Trips outside of San Luis Obispo County.
- Projects to raise personal funds for the planners.
- Reimbursement for supplies already purchased for the project.

Pre-Application Information
Grants must be submitted online by 11:59pm. on March 17, 2023.

Project funding will be approved on or around April 1, 2023.

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Term of Contract
Projects need to be completed and funds spent by September 30, 2023.

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