COVID-19 Business Community Resources

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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:

 

Santa Barbara Better Together Fund Small Business Grant Program

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.

  • Application Deadline: December 16, 2020
  • Award Date: TBD
  • Contact: Jessica Sanchez

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.

  • Application Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • Award Date: TBD
  • Contact: Jessica Sanchez

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.

  • Application Deadline: October 21, 2020
  • Award Date: TBD
  • Contact: Jessica Sanchez

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.

  • Application Deadline: March 8, 2021
  • Award Date: TBD
  • Contact: Jessica Sanchez

CLOSED: Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation Restaurant Fund Grant Program

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.

  • Application Deadline: February 22, 2021
  • Award Date: TBD
  • Contact: Jessica Sanchez

COVID-19 Business Community Resources 

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.

Child Care Resources & Information for Employers: Santa Barbara County Emergency Child Care Initiative