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2018 Community Grant Programs

Community grants are grants the foundation makes in response to needs and requests from the nonprofits in our community. They are supported by the foundation's endowment and donors, and are awarded through a rigorous process of research, planning, due diligence and evaluation. Foundation staff consult with community volunteers whose expertise ensures a balanced approach to the review process.

In addition to community grant programs, the foundation is a catalyst for community change and offers grant opportunities under our initiatives. Please visit our Landscape, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food Systems (LEAF) Initiative and Community Caregiving Initiative pages for more information about these grant opportunities.

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Grant guidelines and applications will be posted as they become available. For more information, please reference our Eligibility Criteria & FAQs or contact the staff member listed on the initiative pages or on the grant opportunities below. 

  1. Express Grants
  2. Daniel Fund Child Care Scholarships
  3. Blood Research and Education
  4. LEAF Initiative
  5. Community Caregiving Initiative
  6. Invest in Youth
  7. Senior Programs of Santa Barbara
  8. Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts 




Invest in Youth Grants


Invest in Youth Grants are available to support programs and experiences that promote the positive and healthy development of young people and help them achieve their fullest potential.




Express Grants (New Online Application)


Express Grants are awards of up to $5,000 aimed at strengthening the organizational capacity and programmatic effectiveness of nonprofit organizations serving Santa Barbara County. The Express Grants program guidelines have been expanded to accommodate additional organizational capacity building needs this year.






William and Lottie Daniel Fund
Child Care Scholarships


William and Lottie Daniel Fund Child Care Scholarships guidelines and applications will open in March. This community opportunity has a focus on providing support to nonprofit organizations that provide quality child care for working families. Please continue to check the Santa Barbara Foundation website and social media for more updates.





Blood Research and Education Grants


Blood Research and Education Grants, offered through the Tri-Counties Blood Bank Fund, are available to support blood and blood-related products and services.

          • The Tri-Counties Blood Bank Fund Guidelines and Application will be available in May, 2018.
          • Application Deadline: July 9, 2018
          • Award Date: August, 2018
          • Contact: Guille Gil-Reynoso
North County Headquarters:  (805) 346-6123  |   2625 S. Miller Street, Suite 101, Santa Maria, CA 93455
South County Headquarters:  (805) 963-1873  |  1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93101