LEAF Grant Guidelines

What Are LEAF Grants?

The Santa Barbara Foundation LEAF (Landscapes, Ecosystems, Agriculture, Food Systems) initiative seeks to increase community resiliency by preserving and enhancing the landscapes and systems that sustain nature, human health and our economy. The LEAF strategy included the development of a countywide Food Action Plan. In support of the initiative, the foundation is offering grants to help strengthen the local food system, increase agricultural sustainability, and build capacity for implementing the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan (SBCFAP).

Focus & Priority – Food Systems

LEAF grants in 2018 will be used to support local Food System projects that align with one or more of the 16 goals and related strategies of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan (SBCFAP). The plan was released in 2016 and project partners Community Environmental Council, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and the Santa Barbara Foundation are working to grow community capacity in order to create positive change in the local food system. To review the SBCFAP please see: sbfoundation.com/leaf.

Types of Support

LEAF Food System grants are available for:

The strongest projects will incorporate:

Funding Amounts and Duration

Grant awards up to $20,000. Application deadline is Monday, October 29, 2018.

Grants will be awarded in December 2018 and the grant period is up to one year from the award date. A final report is required and is due within 13 months of the grant award, preferably no later than 30 days following the project completion.


Additional Criteria: SBCFAP Best Practices & Conservation

Best Practices:

Land Conservation:

Grant Limitations

LEAF Grants are not made for:

Please visit the Eligibility Criteria & FAQs for a complete list of what the foundation does not fund.

Eligibility Requirements

NEW ONLINE Application Process

The 2018 LEAF Food System Grant program is now utilizing an online application. Please follow the instructions below to access, complete and submit your application to the foundation.

Submittal Procedures

Important Dates

2018 LEAF Grant Deadline:
Monday, October 29, 2018


Contact Information

For questions about the LEAF Food System Grant program and funding eligibility, please contact Pedro Paz, Director of Grantmaking, at (805) 963-1873 or ppaz@sbfoundation.org.

For questions regarding technical assistance and support, please contact Deanna Vallejo, Community Engagement Associate, at (805) 963-1873 or dvallejo@sbfoundation.org.