Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities | Additional Information

The Foundation makes grants 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.


Additional Information

Please review the 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. You may also reference our Eligibility Criteria & FAQs.

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.

The Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program: Grants up to $2,500 will be available to Santa Barbara County microbusinesses and nonprofits. Review full eligibility, use of funds, and required documents. 


 

Grant Opportunities

Capacity Building Grant Program

Small Capacity Building Program grants are awards of up to $5,000 aimed at strengthening the organizational capacity and programmatic effectiveness of nonprofit organizations serving Santa Barbara County.

  • Application Deadline: February 7 | March 7 | April 4 | May 2 | June 6 | July 5 | August 1 | September 6 | October 3 | November 7
  • Award Date: Eight weeks following each grant deadline
  • Contact: Gary Clark

 

Community Grant Programs

Behavioral Health/Health Care Grant Program are available to support nonprofit organizations directly providing services in the areas of behavioral health and health care. Grant Max Amount: $30,000 for up to two years.

  • RFQ Opens: March 1, 2022
  • Deadline: March 30, 2022
  • Notification of Eligibility to Apply: April 20, 2022
  • Grant Application Deadline: May 11, 2022
  • Funds awarded: August 2022
  • Contact: Jenny Kearns

 

Food Grants are available to support nonprofit organizations directly providing services in the areas of food. Grant Max Amount: $30,000 for up to two years.

  • RFQ Opens: March 1, 2022
  • Deadline: March 30, 2022
  • Notification of Eligibility to Apply: April 20, 2022
  • Grant Application Deadline: May 11, 2022
  • Funds awarded: August 2022
  • Contact: Deanna Vallejo

Shelter & Safety Grants are available to support nonprofit organizations directly providing services in the areas of shelter and safety and housing loss prevention assistance. Grant Max Amount: $30,000 for up to two years.

  • RFQ Opens: March 1, 2022
  • Deadline: March 30, 2022
  • Notification of Eligibility to Apply: April 20, 2022
  • Grant Application Deadline: May 11, 2022
  • Funds awarded: August 2022
  • Contact: Deanna Vallejo

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. The funds applied for may be used to subsidize child care program fees/costs for current Santa Barbara County residents. Grant Amounts: Up to $35,000.

  • Opens: March 7, 2022
  • Application Deadline: April 4, 2022
  • Funds Awarded: May 2022
  • Contact Petra Gomez if you have questions about the suitability of your proposal prior to drafting your application.

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.

  • Opens: August 22, 2022
  • Application Deadline: September 19, 2022
  • Funds Awarded: October 25, 2022
  • Virtual Office Hours: August 30, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM; August 31 & September 1, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM each day
  • Contact Petra Gomez if you have questions about the suitability of your proposal prior to drafting your application.

Give Together Grant Programs

The Santa Barbara Foundation is excited to announce the second year of the Conservation, Environment and Public Trails Grant Program. This grant program will support environmental sustainability, land conservation, habitat restoration, public trails, and ecosystem health across Santa Barbara County. Grant amounts: up to $25,000.

  • Application Opens: July 18, 2022
  • Deadline: August 26, 2022
  • Award Date: November 2022
  • Contact: Jenny Kearns

The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts seeks to invest in, nurture, and grow the arts sector by offering support for performances of a higher caliber. Grants will be available to nonprofit organizations seeking to further their mission of providing quality performing art opportunities. The maximum award for the Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts is $15,000.

  • Fall Application Opens: September 16, 2022
  • Fall Application Deadline: October 17, 2022
  • Funds Awarded: November 2022
  • Contact: Deanna Vallejo

 

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 Opened: August 5, 2022
  • Application Deadline: September 9, 2022
  • Funds Awarded: Late September 2022
  • 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. Please complete the application through our SmartSimple SBF Grant Portal.

  • Application Deadline: November 30, 2022
  • The application will open September 19, 2022.
  • To learn more about the 2022 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 Milton Brown 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.

Workforce Development (Focus Area) Grant Program

The Santa Barbara Foundation recognizes the need to advance the workforce development system in Santa Barbara County to improve employment outcomes and earning power for residents. To learn more about Workforce Development opportunities for your organization, please contact us.

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