Grant Opportunities

Community Action Commission received an Express Grant to bring electricity to the Santa Barbara Youth Corps Headquarters. Image courtesy of Community Action Commission.

Through grants, counsel, and educational opportunities available to all nonprofit organizations in the county, the Santa Barbara Foundation strengthens nonprofit organizations in all sectors – helping them fulfill their missions, working together to address community needs, and affecting positive change.

The Santa Barbara Foundation uses a variety of approaches to invest in the community including competitive grant processes, donor directed organizational investments, and unique collaborative awards designed to address identified areas of focus. Grants are supported by income from the foundation’s unrestricted endowment and are awarded based on a rigorous process of research, due diligence, planning, and evaluation. Foundation staff consult with community volunteers with subject expertise to ensure a balanced approach to its review processes.

Each grant program has a different purpose, application requirements, and deadlines. Please review the grant guidelines for each program.  Click on the program name to learn more.


Grant ProgramApplication Deadline
Award DatePurpose

Community Investment Opportunities

Varies per opportunity

Varies per opportunity

  • Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten Readiness
  • Caregiver Innovation
  • Blood Research and Education
  • Creative Communities
  • Basic Needs and Health Care

Express Grant

Rolling deadline through November 3, 2014

Up to eight weeks after submission

  • Organizational Development
  • Defined Projects
  • Leveraging Community Resources/Matching Funds

Santa Barbara Foundation | 1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Main: (805) 963-1873 |