In 2020, the Foundation will continue to be intentional in supporting purposeful pathways to build stronger communities. Of particular importance is how critical the provision of health care and behavioral health is to life outcomes of individuals, and how often this is beyond the control of those most impacted.
Behavioral health needs within our communities continue to rise rapidly among all ages and demographics, and individuals with mild-to-moderate mental health impairment are experiencing unusually long wait periods for treatment as a result of the lack of psychiatrists and psychologists within the county. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that in 2018, an estimated 47.6 million adults aged 18 or older (19.1 percent) had any mental illness (AMI) in the past year. Moreover, (SAMHSA) also reported that an estimated 11.4 million adults in the nation had serious mental illness (SMI) in the past year, corresponding to 4.6 percent of all U.S. adults. Yet if this was not concerning enough, in 2018, an estimated 11.2 million adults aged 18 or older in the past year with an AMI and 5.1 million adults in the past year with an SMI had a perceived unmet need for mental health care at any time in the past year.
In order to more adequately address the different approaches required by critical areas of human need, the Santa Barbara Foundation has established four separate program areas of funding: Health Care, Behavioral Health, Food, and Shelter & Safety. Applicants will be required to select the area of funding that most closely represents the mission of the applying organization. Organizations are not eligible to apply for more than one program area.
Grants will be available to nonprofit organizations directly providing behavioral health programs. Funding can be used for operating expenses and/or costs related to sustaining or expanding service delivery programs to meet demonstrated demand.
In summary, funded organizations will:
Priority will be given to organizations that:
The maximum award for Behavioral Health grants is $50,000. The grant review panel may reduce or increase award amounts at its discretion. The grant period is up to one year from the award date. As a final report for this work, we are planning on hosting a convening with other recipients of the program area to learn and share your work in 2021.
Grants in the Behavioral Health program areas are not intended for:
Please visit the Eligibility Criteria & FAQs for a complete list of what the foundation does not fund.
Santa Barbara Foundation utilizes an online application. Please follow the instructions below to access, complete and submit your application to the foundation.
|March 9, 2020||Application Deadline|
|August, 2020||Funds Awarded|
For questions regarding the Health Care program area and funding eligibility, please contact Jenny Bruell, Community Grants Program Manager, email@example.com or (805) 880-9390.
For technical assistance, please contact Sydney Casler, Community Grants Program Associate, (805) 963-1873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.