TFPA Grant Guidelines

2020 Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts Grant Guidelines


The Santa Barbara Foundation is committed to strengthening nonprofit organizations and building the capacity of the arts social sector through the support of Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts. Grants will be available to nonprofit organizations seeking to further their mission of providing quality performing art opportunities. The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts seeks to invest in, nurture, and grow the arts sector by offering support for performances of higher caliber. As well as access to artistic, music, and dance programs in Santa Barbara County.


Priority will be given to organizations that:

  • demonstrate sustained and/or increased demand for the performing Arts
  • are taking steps to sustain or expand organizational capacity to address demand for quality performing arts opportunities
  • demonstrate cultural competence among volunteers, staff, and board members for the communities served
  • demonstrate continuity and engagement, to engage the underserved communities across Santa Barbara County to participate in the arts


Types of Support

Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts Grants are available for general operating support in a variety of activities such as:

  • Expansion of existing programs
  • Pilot Programs
  • Organizations that seek to produce, present and preserve exceptional works from a variety of artistic traditions, and ensure opportunities for participation that reflect the demographic diversity of Santa Barbara County
  • Collaborative efforts to leverage community access to performing arts opportunities


Funding Amounts and Duration

The maximum award for the Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts is $15,000. The grant review committee may reduce or increase award amounts at its discretion. 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.


Eligibility Requirements
  • The Towbes Fund for Performing Arts Grant are available to organizations serving all regions of Santa Barbara C
  • 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 review the Eligibility Criteria & FAQs for additional information and instructions.


Important Dates
April 10, 2020


Application Deadline
April 30, 2020 Funds Awarded
May 30, 2021 Final Report Deadline
Contact Information

For questions about the Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts Grants program and funding eligibility, or technical assistance, please contact Jessica Sanchez, Director of Donor Relations, at (805) 963-1873