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We offer numerous grant opportunities designed to help strengthen Santa Barbara County’s diverse nonprofit sector and address our communities’ most pressing challenges.

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How to Apply Online

Applying for a grant through the Santa Barbara Foundation can be done in 5 steps:

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Application Deadlines

For instructions on how to apply online, please review our application and submittal procedures.

Grant Program/Initiative Deadline Date
Small Capacity Building Grant Program - 2024 February 13 | April 9 | June 11 | August 13 | October 8
Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts March 22, 2024 | October 11, 2024
William and Lottie Daniel Scholarship May 1, 2024
Conservation, Environment and Public Trails Grant Program August 15, 2024
Tri-Counties Blood Bank Grant Program August 30, 2024
Child Care Grant Program September 18, 2024
Behavioral Health/Health Care Grant Program RFQ: March 15, 2024 | Grant Application: May 7, 2024
Food Grant Program RFQ: March 15, 2024 | Grant Application: May 7, 2024
Shelter & Safety Grant Program RFQ: March 15, 2024 | Grant Application: May 7, 2024
Youth Mental Health Providers Recruit, Retain, Rest and Recuperation Fund (4R) RFQ: March 15, 2024 | Grant Application: May 7, 2024

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Support for the Social Sector

Through the Collaboration for Social Impact, Santa Barbara Foundation elevates our commitment to advancing the strength and capacity of the thousands of nonprofits in Santa Barbara County.

The Collaboration for Social Impact (CSI) draws on the expertise of a diverse and experienced group of executive leaders who have long worked on the front lines of nonprofits. The Collaboration facilitates workshops, seminars, coaching and mentoring, along with public and social sector advocacy. These are developed and implemented through an ongoing coordination with community leaders and partner organizations. The Collaboration supports capacity building in the areas of leadership development, technical assistance, financial management, technology, cross organizational collaboration, as well as personnel health and wellness.

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Endowment Fund

Nonprofit organizations may establish an Agency Endowment Fund for their organization at the Santa Barbara Foundation. By entrusting funds to the foundation and investing in one of our investment portfolios, charities can benefit from our comprehensive investment process, strong fiduciary oversight, and our expertise in investment management and administration.

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