We Invest
in Community

We offer numerous grant opportunities designed to help strengthen Santa Barbara County’s diverse nonprofit sector and address our communities’ most pressing challenges.

Grant Opportunities

How to Apply Online

Applying for a grant through the Santa Barbara Foundation can be done in 5 steps:

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Application Deadlines

For instructions on how to apply online, please review our application and submittal procedures.

Grant Program/Initiative Deadline Date
Tri-Counties Blood Bank August 27, 2021
Small Capacity Building Grant Program FEBRUARY – NOVEMBER 2020 First Monday of each month (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday)
Milton Brown Express Grants No Deadline

Are You Eligible?

View frequently asked questions regarding the Santa Barbara Foundation grant programs.

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Support for the Social Sector

Through the Collaboration for Social Impact, Santa Barbara Foundation elevates our commitment to advancing the strength and capacity of the thousands of nonprofits in Santa Barbara County.

The Collaboration for Social Impact (CSI) draws on the expertise of a diverse and experienced group of executive leaders who have long worked on the front lines of nonprofits. The Collaboration facilitates workshops, seminars, coaching and mentoring, along with public and social sector advocacy. These are developed and implemented through an ongoing coordination with community leaders and partner organizations. The Collaboration supports capacity building in the areas of leadership development, technical assistance, financial management, technology, cross organizational collaboration, as well as personnel health and wellness.

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Endowment Fund

Nonprofit organizations may establish an Agency Endowment Fund for their organization at the Santa Barbara Foundation. By entrusting funds to the foundation and investing in one of our investment portfolios, charities can benefit from our comprehensive investment process, strong fiduciary oversight, and our expertise in investment management and administration.

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