Grant Opportunities

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.

Please review the community grant descriptions below to see which is the best opportunity for you. The majority of our applications are online with the exception of our Give Together Grant Programs which can be completed through a fillable PDF.

Please note: Before starting your fillable PDF application, please download and save the application to your desktop using Adobe Reader. Edits made to the form in the browser will not be saved. Review Application & Submittal Procedures for further instructions.

Grant guidelines and applications will be posted as they become available. For more information, please reference our Eligibility Criteria & FAQs, or #AskSBF! We encourage you to reach out to an SBF staff member –  points of contact are listed for each Grant Opportunity below, and on our special initiative pages.

Click here for information on COVID-19 Response Grants

Community Grant Programs

Small Capacity Building Program grants (formerly 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. Click here to learn more.

  • Application Deadline: The first Monday of every month, February through November 2020
  • Award Date: Eight weeks following each grant deadline
  • Contact: Gary Clark

Health Care Grants are available to support nonprofit organizations directly providing services in the areas of health care. Grant amounts: up to $50,000.

  • Application Deadline: March 9, 2020
  • Funds Awarded: August 2020
  • Contact: Jenny Bruell

Behavioral Health Grants are available to support nonprofit organizations directly providing services in the areas of behavioral health. Grant amounts: up to $50,000.

  • Application Deadline: March 9, 2020
  • Funds Awarded: August 2020
  • Contact: Jenny Bruell

Food Grants are available to support nonprofit organizations directly providing services in the areas of food. Grant amounts: up to $50,000.

Shelter & Safety Grants are available to support nonprofit organizations directly providing services in the areas of shelter and safety. Grant amounts: up to $50,000.

Child Care (Focus Area) Grant Programs

William and Lottie Daniel Fund Child Care Scholarships are available to nonprofit organizations that provide quality child care for working families.

  • Application Closed: April 20, 2020
  • Funds Awarded: May 2020
  • Contact: Petra Gomez

The Santa Barbara Foundation offers Child Care grants of up to $15,000 to increase capacity among nonprofit child care providers in Santa Barbara County to meet the critical needs of young children and set the stage for lifelong learning success. This year’s grant will also focus on supporting providers in leadership and professional development, family engagement, and strategies that promote equitable access to quality child care. Grants will be awarded to nonprofit child care providers serving children 0-5 years of age.

  • Application Closed: November 2, 2020
  • Funds Awarded: December 4, 2020
  • Contact: Petra Gomez

Give Together Grant Programs (Fillable PDF Applications)

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

  • Application Closed: August 28, 2020
  • Funds Awarded: September 2020
  • Contact: Deanna Vallejo

The Senior Programs of Santa Barbara Committee Advised Fund Program Grants are available to support programs and projects directed to the welfare of senior citizens in the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria. Grants cannot be used for overhead, salaries, capital or building funds. Grant range: $2,000 to $15,000. Collaborative applications are acceptable.

  • Download the Senior Programs of Santa Barbara Grant Application
  • Application Deadline: November 30, 2020
  • Funds Awarded: January 15, 2021
  • Mac Users: If you are having trouble downloading/viewing this application, follow these instructions.
  • To learn more about the 2020 grant opportunity listed above, please contact Mary Robles, Senior Programs committee member, at (805) 965-6373. For technical assistance, please contact Jessica Sanchez, Santa Barbara Foundation Director of Donor Relations, at (805) 963-1873.

The Senior Programs Fund also makes available each year a sum of $5,000 for its Express Grants, with the purpose of funding a limited number of one-per-year grants to a grantee of up to $1,000 each. Express Grants are available for a variety of activities in the following areas: small projects, short-term opportunities and sponsorships.

  • Download the Senior Programs Express Grant Application
  • No Application Deadline
  • Submit Applications to: seniorprograms@sbfoundation.org
  • Award Dates: Grant decisions will be made within eight weeks from request
  • To learn more about this grant opportunities, please contact Mary Robles, Senior Programs committee member, at (805) 965-6373. For technical assistance, please contact Jessica Sanchez, Santa Barbara Foundation Director of Donor Relations, at (805) 963-1873.

Towbes Fund for Performing Arts (TFPA) Grantmaking Changes due to COVID-19 Fall 2020 Grant Cycle

During the past several months, our community has faced unprecedented times presenting both broad needs and unique challenges. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the revenue sources for Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts (TFPA) have been negatively affected. TFPA grants are supported directly by real estate income. With the rental market greatly impacted, we find ourselves with significantly less to give, so we have decided to suspend the Fall TFPA grant cycle.

We plan to reevaluate the situation later this winter and will provide an update of any changes for Spring of 2021. We understand that these are incredibly challenging times and wish our community partners and fellow community members only the best. Please take care of each other, be safe, and be well.

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