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How to Apply

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we offer numerous grant opportunities designed to help strengthen Santa Barbara County's diverse nonprofit sector and address our community's most pressing challenges.

To apply for a grant, please follow these steps:

  1. Review the available Grant Opportunities.
  2. Determine the program/s or initiative/s for which you are eligible and to which you would like to apply.
  3. Carefully review the grant guidelines and read through the Eligibility Criteria and FAQs.
  4. Contact the community investments team member listed with the relevant grant program if you still have questions or would like to discuss your specific project.
  5. Review and follow the grant Application & Submittal Procedures.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Please read through the foundation's current grant programs to see if there is an opportunity suitable for your organization at this time.
Eligibility Criteria
& FAQs
To help you through the application process, the foundation has compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding its grant opportunities.
Application & Submittal Procedures
Please follow these instructions on accessing, completing and submitting your electronic application.

Community Investment Information Sessions

In Their Own Words
2017 Community Investment Info Session Recording

In case you missed the grant information sessions in early 2017, the community investment team’s presentation on February 2, 2017 has been recorded for your convenience and to answer any additional questions you have.

If you would only like to listen to information about a specific grant program, please see below for the sections of the video that refer to that grant program:

    • Express - 29m 36sec
    • Capital - 38m 07sec
    • Daniel Fund Child Care Scholarships - 43m 37sec
    • Early Care and Education - 46m 36sec
    • Invest in Youth - 49m 15sec
    • Core Support for Basic Needs - 51m 01sec
    • Tri-Counties Blood Bank Fund - 55m 21sec
    • LEAF Initiative - 58m 49sec
    • Community Caregiving Initiative - 1h 04m 23sec


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