Shelter & Safety Grant Program

2019 Grant Guidelines

In 2017, Santa Barbara County reported 1,489 homeless people out of 444,000 residents, or 0.3 % of the population. Nationally, the statistics state that 564,708 out of 323.1 million residents, or 0.2 % of the population are homeless. It is estimated that 14% of all students in Santa Barbara County were homeless in 2018. While the nation saw a 2% decline in homelessness, Santa Barbara County saw an increase of 2% between 2015 and 2017.

If homelessness was not enough of a challenge for any individual, youth who are homeless face even greater threats to their safety and well-being. Nearly a fifth of homeless youth in the United States and Canada are victims of human trafficking. Some of the most vulnerable populations for human trafficking in the United States include American Indian/Alaska Native communities, lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-questioning individuals, individuals with disabilities, undocumented migrants, runaway and homeless youth, temporary guest-workers, and low-income individuals.

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. The timeline for the grant cycle related to shelter & safety will take place from mid-July through December. Applicants must select the program area that most closely represents the mission of their organization. Organizations are not eligible to apply to more than one program area.



Shelter & Safety Grants will be available to nonprofit organizations directly providing programs addressing shelter & safety. 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:


Funding Amounts and Duration

The maximum award for Shelter and Safety 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. In lieu of a final report for this work, we plan to host a convening in 2020 with other recipients to learn and share your work. If your organization received a Core Support for Basic Needs Grant in 2018, the corresponding final report is independent of this grant application.


Grant Limitations

Shelter & Safety Grants are not intended for:

Please visit the Eligibility Criteria & FAQs for a complete list of what the Foundation does not fund.



Eligibility Requirements



ONLINE Application Process

Santa Barbara Foundation utilizes an online application. Please follow the instructions below to access, complete and submit your application to the foundation.



Important Dates

 August 15, 2019 Application Deadline
December 2019 Funds Awarded
December  16, 2020 Final Report Deadline



Contact Information

For questions regarding the Food program area and funding eligibility, please contact Pedro Paz, Director of Grantmaking, (805) 963-1873 or

For technical assistance, please contact Deanna Vallejo, Community Engagement Associate, (805) 963-1873 or