In 2020, the Foundation will continue to be intentional in supporting purposeful pathways to build stronger communities. Of particular importance is how critical the provision of health care and behavioral health is to life outcomes of individuals, and how often this is beyond the control of those most impacted.
Poor health is often the result of lower use of health care by individuals who are often uninsured or under-insured. As an example, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018 Health-United States report, in 2017, more than one-quarter of Hispanic adults (27.5%) aged 18–64 were uninsured, which was higher than that for non-Hispanic white (8.5%), non-Hispanic black (14.0%), and non-Hispanic Asian (7.4%) adults. Equally, Hispanic children (7.7%) were more likely to be uninsured than non-Hispanic white (4.1%), non-Hispanic black (4.0%), and non-Hispanic Asian (3.8%) children. It is then not surprising, as the report indicates, that in 2017, 16.2% of adults living below 100% and 15.3% of adults living at 100%–199% of the poverty level delayed or did not receive needed medical care due to cost compared with 5.1% of those living at or above 400% of the poverty level. Similarly, according to this same report, 11.9% of adults living below 100% and 11.6% of adults living at 100%–199% of the poverty level did not receive needed prescription drugs due to cost compared with 2.7% of those at or above 400% of the poverty level. Locally, Cottage Health, 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment Report indicates that 18% of survey respondents had not seen a doctor over the last 12 months due to cost. This was an increase from 7% who indicated this in 2016. Similarly there was an increase from 2016 to 2019 in the percent of survey respondents that indicated that they had skipped medications in the past 12 months due to cost from 8% in 2016 to 9.5% in 2019.
In order to more adequately address the different approaches required by critical areas of human need, the Santa Barbara Foundation has established four separate program areas of funding; health care, behavioral health, food, and shelter & safety. Applicants will be required to select the program area that represents the central tenet of the mission of the organization that is applying for funding. Organizations are not eligible to apply to more than one program area.
Grants will be available to nonprofit organizations directly providing health care programs. Funding can be used for operating expenses and/or costs related to sustaining or expanding service delivery programs to meet demonstrated demand.
In summary, funded organizations will:
Priority will be given to organizations that:
The maximum award for Health Care grants is $50,000. The grant review panel may reduce or increase award amounts at its discretion. The grant period is up to one year from the award date. As a final report for this work, we are planning on hosting a convening with other recipients of the program area to learn and share your work in 2021.
Grants in the Health Care program areas are not intended for:
Please visit the Eligibility Criteria & FAQs for a complete list of what the Foundation does not fund.
Santa Barbara Foundation utilizes an online application. Please follow the instructions below to access, complete and submit your application to the foundation.
|March 9, 2020||Application Deadline|
|August, 2020||Funds Awarded|
For questions regarding the Health Care program area and funding eligibility, please contact Jenny Bruell, Community Grants Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 880-9390.
For technical assistance, please contact Sydney Casler, Community Grants Program Associate, (805) 963-1873 or email@example.com.