Santa Barbara County’s vibrant business community is vital to the strength of our community. The economic impact already felt by the entire business community, especially those who work in small business, tourism and hospitality does not go unnoticed.
Santa Barbara Foundation is listening and supporting the social sector through our many partnerships during this period of increased demand for services.
The Santa Barbara Foundation’s initial funding priorities are: individual financial need, meeting increased service demand in the social sector and operational and business continuity for organizations to carry out their ongoing missions.
We encourage all of our friends and neighbors to closely monitor updates and review important health and safety resources from the following government agencies:
Additional Resources by Region:
The Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program provides microenterprise business assistance and small business assistance for the County of Santa Barbara. Currently, grants are available only for businesses located in Santa Maria, Orcutt, Lompoc and Cuyama. Eligible microenterprise businesses may apply for up to $10,000, while eligible small businesses may apply for up to $25,000.
Additional Information: Before accessing the grants portal and registering your business to receive access to the application, please complete the eligibility checklist.
Applications WILL NOT be accepted by email or fax. Applications will be time & date stamped and reviewed on a first-come-first-serve basis. If interest persists and funds are still available, the Santa Barbara Foundation may extend the application period.
Applicants may be required to submit additional documentation or detail. Applicants will have two weeks to submit additional materials, as requested by the Santa Barbara Foundation.
Please contact the Santa Barbara Foundation at 805-963-1873, for questions. Applications can be submitted via the Santa Barbara Foundation’s grants portal, printing and mailing or hand-delivering applications in a sealed envelope to the Santa Barbara Foundation at 1111 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, Ca, 93101 during regular hours of operation of Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
The Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation Restaurant Fund grant program will provide relief for small, independently-owned, dine-in restaurants during the ongoing pandemic. Small businesses in the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley (including Los Alamos) are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000.
The Santa Barbara Better Together Fund (SBBT) was set up at the Santa Barbara Foundation as a committee advised fund in March of 2020 with an initial $500,000 donation from Deckers Brands. The fund helps local businesses survive these uncertain times which in turn will help sustain our community. View grant opportunities below.
The City of Santa Maria and Santa Barbara Foundation partnership will support grants from the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund to small businesses located within the City of Santa Maria as they reopen and adapt to operating under proper public health guidelines due to COVID-19.
The County of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Foundation partnership will support grants from the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund to small businesses located within the unincorporated portions of Santa Barbara County as they reopen and adapt to operating under proper public health guidelines due to COVID-19.
The City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Foundation partnership will support grants from the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund to small businesses located within the City of Santa Barbara as they reopen and adapt to operating under proper public health guidelines due to COVID-19.
The Santa Barbara Better Together Fund (SBBT) at the Santa Barbara Foundation, in partnership with the City of Goleta, and Deckers Brands, is providing grants for Goleta’s small businesses.
Below are resources intended to provide businesses with additional information regarding assistance and news related to the developing needs of the business community. We will be updating this section as we become aware of additional opportunities for assistance.
Economic Development Collaborative: Regional resources for business consulting, funding and strategic initiatives within the regional economy
Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE): Business mentorship, webinars, online resources
United Way: For Employees – Financial Hardships
Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV): Financial loan support to businesses experiencing economic hardship
Small Business Finance Center (SBFC): loan guarantee programs is designed for Disaster Relief
Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA): Information for workers and employers regarding safety, workforce guidance and benefits
Economic Development Collaborative: Business resource guides, no cost business consulting and business financing information
America’s Small Business Development Center: COVID-19 Small Business Resources
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation: Support and financial assistance opportunities for those in the food service industry
Small Business Administration (SBA)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Small Business Guide
U.S. Small Business Administration
Small Business Loans/PPP
Local Banks Assisting with the Paycheck Protection Program:
California Rebuilding Fund
Disaster Relief Loan Guarantees through IBank
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
National Council on Nonprofits:
Committee on Small Businesses: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, CARES Act for Small Businesses
Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV): COVID-19 Message
HRxpress: Local HR Resources by Kerry McCoy & Team
CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
Unemployment Insurance: How to File a New claim
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United: Resources and Financial Assistance to Restaurant Workers Impacted by COVID-19