2016 Community Grant Opportunities
Since 1928, the Santa Barbara Foundation has partnered with local nonprofits to provide a vast array of services throughout Santa Barbara County. We use a variety of approaches to invest in the community to strengthen our nonprofit sector and catalyze community change including competitive grants, donor directed investments, educational opportunities and community change initiatives. We invite you to explore our website and also welcome you to contact a member of our Community Investments team to learn more about the programs.
In addition to supporting the foundation's Land, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food (LEAF) Initiative and Caregiver Initiative, and our work in education and leadership development, we are offering a robust community grants program this year to support a range of community needs and opportunities. We are pleased to offer the following community grant opportunities in 2016:
Community grants are supported by the foundation's endowment and donors, and are awarded through a rigorous process of research, due diligence, planning, and evaluation. Foundation staff consult with community volunteers whose expertise ensures a balanced approach to the review processes.
Each grant program has a different purpose, application requirements, and deadlines. Grant guidelines and applications will be posted as they become available. Please review the grant guidelines for each program carefully, and download and save the application to your desktop before submitting completing. Edits made to the form in the browser will not be saved. For more information about specific programs, please contact the appropriate Community Investments team member at (805) 963-1873.
Accelerator Awards are to support transformative projects that significantly improve quality of life for Santa Barbara County residents by solving critical community problems or capitalizing on opportunities to make change. A letter of inquiry (LOI) is required to qualify for funding. The six-page maximum narrative LOI should address the 10 key questions described in the Accelerator Awards Guidelines and be accompanied by the Accelerator Awards LOI Cover Sheet. More details
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.
Santa Ynez Valley Express Grants
For the third time, the Santa Barbara Foundation is partnering with the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation to manage the Express Grant program in the Santa Ynez Valley. Applications from nonprofit organizations in the Santa Ynez Valley region must be submitted through the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation.
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.
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. Grant amounts: up to $50,000.
Early Care and Education Grants
Early Care and Education Grants are available to support nonprofit child care providers in Santa Barbara County to meet the critical needs of young children and set the stage for life long learning success. Grant range: $5,000 to $20,000.
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.
Invest in Youth Grants
Invest in Youth Grants are available to support programs and experiences that promote the positive, healthy development of young people and help them achieve their fullest potential. Grant range: $5,000 to $30,000.
LEAF Grants: Restoration, Conservation
and Best Practices
LEAF Grants are available to support restoration or conservation projects, and to pilot best practices in agriculture, grazing, fisheries and food systems. Grant range: $2,500 to $20,000.
Family Caregiver Systems and Support Grants
Family Caregiver Systems and Support Grants are available to support improved caregiver capacity and integrated services for seniors. Grant amounts: up to $75,000. The application deadline is October 2016.
- Application Available: August 2016
- Award Date: 2017
- Contact: Phylene Wiggins
Blood Research and Education Grants
Blood Research and Education Grants, offered through Tri-Counties Blood Bank, are available to support blood and blood-related products and services. The application deadline is July 11, 2016.