COVID-19 Santa Barbara County Nonprofit Resources

An Update from our President & CEO | COVID-19: Nonprofit Resources | COVID-19: Business Resources 

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To Santa Barbara County community members and our friends in the social sector:

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the health and well-being of our community is our top priority. We will provide additional updates and recommendations as necessary  via email, our website, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram). For social sector news and updates, please also refer to the Nonprofit Resource Network Santa Barbara (NPRNSB).

We encourage all of our friends and neighbors to closely monitor updates and review important health and safety resources from the following government agencies:

Below is a more detailed breakdown of information as it pertains to general COVID-19 resources for the community and the social sector.



The Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide collaboration with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This past June 15th marked a hopeful transition for our state and our community with the safe reopening of California. Similarly, the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort grant program is also embarking on a thankful change as we transition our focus from disaster response to the recovery and rebuilding of our county.


California Relief Grant Program

6,000 California nonprofits have already received around $78 million this year from the California Relief Grant Program. New application windows for nonprofits with $1.5 billion in new funding will be available through three rounds of funding.

Total funding: $1.5 billion

  • Round 7: August 3 – September 16
    For processing applications already on the waitlist; no new applications are accepted.
  • Round 8: August 27 – September 8 NEW
    For qualifying arts and cultural organizations not already funded in Round 4.
    To apply beginning August 27:
  • Round 9: September 9 – September 30 NEW
    For new applicants, those denied for applying on the wrong form, and waitlisted applicants from earlier rounds (those waitlisted do not reapply). Round 8 applicants should also apply in Round 9 using a different email address.
    To apply beginning September 9:



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

Allan Hancock College: Student Emergency Fund

Santa Barbara City College: Emergency Grant Fund

UCSB: Basic Needs Resources

Links below have student eligibility:

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COVID-19 Joint Response Fund: Applications for Individuals and Families

Santa Ynez Valley Coronavirus Relief Fund 

Ventura County Rapid Response Fund: Applications for Individuals and Families

Community Action Commission: Senior Lunch Program

Organic Soup Kitchen: Sliding Scale Soup Delivery

Santa Barbara County Foodbank Picnic in the Park: Summer Meal Program

UCSB: Food Pantries and Groceries

US Department of Agriculture: Summer Food Service Program