Small Capacity Building Grant Program Guidelines

For all Santa Barbara County Communities


What is the Small Capacity Building Grant Program?

The Small Capacity Building Grant Program awards grants with a short review period aimed at strengthening the organizational capacity and programmatic effectiveness of Santa Barbara County nonprofits. The Foundation believes organizations are more effective when they are equipped with thoughtful strategy, strong leadership, sound operations and compelling communication. It is our hope that this funding helps organizations strengthen these fundamentals in support of their mission and better programmatic outcomes. The Foundation may also consider funding small capital expenditures. To provide flexibility and assist applicants in their planning, the Foundation offers ten opportunities through November to apply. Organizations may submit one Small Capacity Building Grant application during this time period. Please see the application deadlines below.


Types of Support
Small Capacity Building Grants are available for a variety of activities in the following four areas. Please review these Helpful Tips for additional information and examples, and contact the foundation if you have further questions about the suitability and competitiveness of your proposal.


Funding Amounts and Duration
The maximum award for Small Capacity Building Grant is $5,000. The grant period is up to one year from the award date. A final report is required and is due within 13 months of the grant award, preferably no later than 30 days following the project completion.

Grant Limitations

Small Capacity Building Grants are not made for:


Eligibility Requirements


NEW ONLINE Application Process
The 2019 Small Capacity Building Grant program is now utilizing an online application. Please follow the instructions below to access, complete and submit your application to the foundation.


Submittal Procedures


Important Dates
Organizations are invited to submit an application at any time. The application period ends the first Monday of each month, February through November. Applications received after the deadline will be considered the following month, with the exception of November, which is the final deadline for this time period. Grant decisions will be made within eight weeks following the deadline.


2019 Small Capacity Building Grant Deadlines:
February 4 | March 4 | April 1 | May 6 | June 3 |  July 1 | August 5 | September 3 | October 7 | November 4


Contact Information
For questions about the Small Capacity Building Grant program, please contact Deanna Vallejo, Community Engagement Associate, at (805) 963-1873 or