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2017 Community Grant Programs

Community grants are grants the foundation makes in response to needs and requests from the nonprofits in our community. They are supported by the foundation's endowment and donors, and are awarded through a rigorous process of research, planning, due diligence and evaluation. Foundation staff consult with community volunteers whose expertise ensures a balanced approach to the review process.

In addition to community grant programs, the foundation is a catalyst for community change and offers grant opportunities under our initiatives. Please visit our Landscape, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food Systems (LEAF) Initiative and Community Caregiving Initiative pages for more information about these grant opportunities.

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Grant guidelines and applications will be posted as they become available. For more information, please reference our Eligibility Criteria & FAQs or contact the staff member listed on the initiative pages or on the grant opportunities below. 


Express Grants

The Santa Barbara Foundation offers Express Grants of up to $5,000 to strengthen organizational capacity and program effectiveness of nonprofit organizations serving Santa Barbara County.



William and Lottie Daniel Fund
Child Care Scholarships

William and Lottie Daniel Fund child care scholarships are available to support nonprofit organizations providing quality child care for working families.

*Please use this form for new and renewal applications.



Core Support for Basic Needs Grants

Core Support for Basic Needs Grants are available to support nonprofit organizations providing safety-net services in the areas of food, shelter and health care, including behavioral health. Grant amounts: up to $50,000.



Capital Improvement Grants

Capital Improvement Grants are available to support equipment purchases and small capital facility and infrastructure improvement needs and projects. Grant amounts: up to $10,000.



Early Care and Education Grants

Early Care and Education Grants are available to support nonprofit child care providers and family support services to meet the critical needs of young children and set the stage for life long learning success. Grant range: $5,000 to $20,000



Blood Research and Education Grants

Blood Research and Education Grants, offered through the Tri-Counties Blood Bank Fund, are available to support blood and blood-related products and services.




Invest in Youth Grants

Invest in Youth Grants are available to support programs and experiences that promote the positive and healthy development of young people and help them achieve their fullest potential.

Grant cycle moved to early 2018 to accommodate the program calendar of the youth-serving organizations.

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