Santa Barbara Foundation Commits to Renewing Grant Opportunities in 2017

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In 2017, the Santa Barbara Foundation will continue eight of the nine grant programs it offered in 2016. These grant programs include Express Grants, William and Lottie Daniel Fund Child Care Scholarships, Core Support for Basic Needs grants, Capital Improvement grants, Early Care and Education grants, Blood Research and Education grants, LEAF grants and Family Caregiver System and Support grants.

“The foundation is excited to continue most of the 2016 grant programs in 2017,” said Amy Schneider, Director of Grantmaking and Nonprofit Excellence for the Santa Barbara Foundation. “We hope this consistency shows how deeply invested we are in strengthening the capacity of local nonprofits and creating sustainable change in areas of critical need.”

The Invest in Youth grant program will resume in 2018 to better accommodate the programmatic needs of youth-serving organizations and allow time to gather data and evaluate the programs funded in 2016.

“The first cycle of the Invest in Youth grants was received positively, but we also gathered feedback from the grant recipients that the award would be more helpful in the spring to accommodate planning for the academic calendar year,” said Rubayi Estes, community investment officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation. “As a learning organization, we decided to use the feedback we gathered this year and change the timing of the cycle to reopen in 2018.”

The foundation will be holding information sessions on its community grants program to explain each grant opportunity and to answer questions about the application process. These information sessions will be held as follows:

Santa Barbara Foundation, 1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara

♦ Wednesday, January 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

♦ Wednesday, February 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, 555 McMurray Road, Buellton

♦ Thursday, January 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Santa Barbara Foundation, 2625 South Miller Street, Suite 101, Santa Maria

♦ Tuesday, January 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For event details and to RSVP for one of these information sessions, please visit:

The first cycle of Express Grants opened on January 9 and closes on February 6. For more information about the 2017 grant opportunities, including deadlines, guidelines and applications, please visit our community grants program page or contact the community investment officer that corresponds with the specific grant program.
North County Headquarters:  (805) 346-6123  |   2625 S. Miller Street, Suite 101, Santa Maria, CA 93455
South County Headquarters:  (805) 963-1873  |  1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93101