An Update from our President & CEO | COVID-19: Nonprofit Resources | COVID-19: Business Resources | COVID-19: Resources for Individuals | COVID-19: Apply for Grants | Community Response: Make a Gift | COVID-19: Ways to Help | COVID-19: SBF NEWS
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 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.
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.
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
Small Business Loans/PPP
Local Banks Assisting with the Paycheck Protection Program:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: COVD-19 Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
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