Blood Research and Education

2019 Grant Guidelines

In August 1997, Tri-Counties Blood Bank (TCBB), a nonprofit public benefit corporation, sold all of its assets to Haemonetics Corporation, a Massachusetts for-profit corporation. In accordance with the California Corporation Code, after payment of liabilities and expenses, the remaining TCBB funds were transferred to the Santa Barbara Foundation, the San Luis Obispo Community Health Foundation, and the Monterey Community Foundation.

In July 1998, the Santa Barbara Foundation (the Foundation) entered into an agreement with TCBB to establish the Tri-Counties Blood Bank Fund (the Fund). Valued at nearly $5 million, it is now part of the Foundation’s restricted funds. Through an annual Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the Foundation will distribute the income generated from the Fund to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Fund is restricted to activities that support blood and blood-related products and services in accordance with the plan of disposition.
The plan of disposition is divided into three distinct sections. This RFP covers the implementation of Indigent Care Grants, Education Grants, and Scholarships as prescribed by the plan.

Funding Amounts and Duration

The proposal amount varies upon the nature of the request. The grant period is up to one year from the award date. A final report is required and due within 13 months of the grant award, preferably no later than 30 days following the project completion.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Organizations must be certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or use a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) tax status. Applications that do not contain a valid EIN (tax ID) number will not be considered. Organizations using a fiscal sponsor must include a one-page letter signed by the fiscal sponsor’s executive director signifying the intent to serve as such and describing the relationship between the fiscal sponsor and the sponsored organization.
  • Hospitals operated by the federal government (i.e., veterans administration hospitals) and facilities operated by the State of California (i.e., hospitals operated by the Department of Corrections) are not eligible to apply.
  • The geographic service area for the Fund is Santa Barbara County.
  • Qualified applicants may apply for an Indigent Care Grant, Education Grant, and/or Scholarship. If you are applying in more than one category, separate applications are required for each.


Types of Support

This RFP covers the implementation of Indigent Care Grants, Education Grants, and Scholarships as prescribed by the plan and described as follows:

Section A: Indigent Care Grants

Purpose of Section A

To reimburse “qualified hospitals” for “un-reimbursed costs” directly related to providing blood or blood products to “qualified patients” within Santa Barbara County.

Definitions for Section A

  1. “Qualified hospitals” are hospitals with one or more licensed acute care facilities in the county that are organized as nonprofit public benefit corporations under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Law, or as nonprofit corporations under the laws of another state, and that are described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The term “qualified hospitals” does not include hospitals operated by the federal government, such as veterans administration hospitals, and it does not include facilities operated by the State of California, such as hospitals operated by the Department of Corrections or the Department of Health Services.
    Please note: A qualified hospital may not request reimbursement for more than the purchase price of blood and blood products. Only direct costs are reimbursable and must be separated from indirect costs. Applications that “bundle” charges related to providing blood and blood products to qualified patients will NOT be accepted.
  2. “Qualified patient” is a patient in a qualified hospital who is not covered by any form of private or government insurance whose income is 200% or less of the federal poverty line.
  3. “Unreimbursed costs” are the qualified hospital’s direct cost of obtaining blood and blood products from a blood bank (i.e., the amount the qualified hospital actually pays to the blood bank for the blood or blood products), without regard to what the hospital charges its patients or their insurers for blood or blood products, and without regard to any expenses of the qualified hospital, including storage, handling, administrative fees, testing, etc.

Application Procedures for Section A: Indigent Care Grants

The application will consist of four required components:

  1. Cover Sheet Form (PDF) included in this packet.
  2. A one-page narrative may be submitted as a Microsoft Word or PDF document that includes:
    • The amount requested.
    • How the amount was determined. (The total amount requested for funding must be based on prior-year statistics and records on un-reimbursed costs.)
    • The number of qualified patients represented by the request.
    • The percentage that blood and blood products represent of the hospital’s total costs, and the percentage that blood and blood products represent of the hospital’s un-reimbursed costs.
  3. Scanned copies of the invoices from the county blood bank for the qualified patient(s) under your care for whom you seek reimbursement. In order to ensure patient confidentiality, please eliminate any information that would identify the patient(s).
  4. To be considered “qualified,” the patient must have no private or public health coverage and be ineligible for coverage under Medicare, MediCal, the County Adult Indigent Care Program, or any other existing public insurance program.


Section B: Education Grants and Scholarships

Education grants are intended for:

  1. Advanced education in medical technology or nursing related to blood banking. This supports any relevant training that could improve blood banking or the ability of hospital staff to work with the National Blood Foundation. It covers the full range of continuing education options, including in-service training.
  2. Physician education on techniques and development of transfusion medicine. This covers the full range of enrichment and continuing education options including in-service training.
  3. Community education on blood and blood diseases. This covers continuing education of medical practitioners as well as broad-based education targeting the general population. For example, community education might include the following: educating school-age children about blood and blood-borne diseases; conducting broad-based educational programs to reach the community-at-large in the event of a critical shortage of blood; the dissemination of new information to the community concerning a blood-borne disease.

Scholarships are intended for:

  1. Post-doctoral education in a non-medical discipline related to blood and blood banking. This program is only available to post-doctoral candidates enrolled at UCSB in departments such as, but not limited to, Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology; Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
  2. Medical education in the specialties of hematology/oncology.

Important Notes for Section B: Education Grants and Scholarships

  • The Foundation strongly encourages cooperation and joint partnerships among and between hospitals, clinics, the county medical society, professional associations, and Blood Systems, Inc. (the local blood bank) in the implementation of the above educational grants.
  • Applications must reflect an understanding and analysis of the needs and interests of practitioners as well as current issues and emerging blood banking technologies in the field.

Application Procedures for Section B: Education Grants and Scholarships

The application will consist of four required components:

  1. Cover Sheet Form (PDF) included in this packet
  2. Organizational Financial Summary and Project Budget PDF forms included in this packet.
  3. One scanned copy of the brochure or flyer for the agency providing the training/educational activity.
  4. A two-page narrative submitted as a Microsoft Word or PDF document describing the proposed training or educational activity. The narrative should address the following:
    • Describe the training/educational need and how that need was identified.
    • Describe the target population.
    • Describe the proposed provider of the training/educational activity.
    • Describe how the proposed activity will do any or all of the following:
      • Enhance existing training/education opportunities for medical professionals in blood diseases and/or the provision of blood and blood products.
      • Improve existing blood banking technology.
      • Improve blood banking in the service area.
    • Describe the project timeline.
    • List the cooperating partners in the project and explain the relationship if applicable.
    • Describe past and current success if this is an ongoing project.


Submittal Procedures

  1. Applications are accepted electronically via email.
  2. Attach your completed application in an email using the Attach File feature.
  3. Submission of unsolicited materials is discouraged as they will not be considered in the review process.
  4. Include the name of your organization and the name of the grant program you are applying to in the email subject line. (Example: My TCBBF Grant Application)
  5. Email the materials to

NOTE: You will receive an automatic response email when your grant application has been received. This will guarantee that your application has been submitted successfully. Please retain this receipt for your files.

Important Dates

 August 23, 2019 Application Deadline
September 2019 Funds Awarded
October 30, 2020 Final Report Deadline


Contact Information

For questions about the Tri-Counties Blood Bank Fund, please contact Guille Gil-Reynoso, Community Engagement Officer, at (805) 963-1873 or