The Santa Barbara Better Together (SBBT), a Committee-Advised Fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation, provides financial assistance grants to the small local business community specifically to support basic needs of these businesses to enable them to continue operations in the short term while they are suffering from the effects of COVID-19 and where there are gaps in federal and foundation funding during the COVID-19 pandemic in Santa Barbara County. Providing support to these businesses will combat community deterioration and benefit the entire community. The Santa Barbara Better Together Committee Advised Fund is made up of Deckers representatives, Santa Barbara Foundation representatives, and local experts. All distribution of funds are voted on by the committee members.
The City of Goleta and Santa Barbara Foundation partnership will support grants from the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund to small Goleta businesses as they reopen and adapt to operating under proper public health guidelines due to COVID-19. Outreach will be comprehensive with targeted outreach to minority-held businesses and those in minority or underserved/underinvested neighborhoods. In addition, priority will be given but not limited to child care, to-go food service, service industry, and outdoor dining businesses.
In order to qualify for the SBBT Small Business Grant Program, businesses must meet the following criteria: