The Youth Mental Health Providers Recruit, Retain, Rest and Recuperation Fund (4R) was established in 2023 by Carrie Towbes in partnership with the Santa Barbara Foundation, with a vision to ensure support for mental health providers delivering direct behavioral healthcare to children, youth and their families and caregivers. Grants will provide resources to organizations that are providing direct support to youth and their families with the goal of supporting and improving young people’s social emotional health.
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated and illuminated the youth mental health crisis. It took a toll on everyone regardless of age, race, socio-economic status, beliefs, or geography. However, our youth have been disproportionately impacted. Remote learning created inequities in academic achievement and stymied social emotional development. School administrators, mental health professionals, parents, and students themselves have expressed that youth mental health has reached crisis levels.
An October 2022 survey of mental health providers and stakeholders in various settings across Santa Barbara County sought to help understand the mental and behavioral health staffing shortages that plague mental health care across the county. Key findings included a substantial number of vacancies, as well as wage disparities among positions and organizations. These shortages lead to burnout and high turnover, which compromise care for our youth at schools, healthcare facilities, and community-based organizations.
The following is guidance for organizations who are invited to participate in this grant opportunity. If your organization has been invited to apply, please review the information below to submit your application.
In partnership with local funders, the 4R Grant Program supports organizations’ staffing needs as they work to improve youth social emotional health and mental wellness in Santa Barbara County. Funds may be used for the following, including but not limited to:
We are particularly interested in effective recruitment and retention strategies that are innovative and collaborative.
Priority will be given to organizations and programs that:
Grants are for up to $10,000 for a one-year period.
Upon invitation, access will be provided to our SmartSimple grant application, which includes the following documents:
|February 26 – May 15, 2024
|April 8 – May 7, 2024
|Application period (if invited to apply)
For questions about the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Youth Mental Health Providers R4 Grant and funding eligibility,
please contact Jenny Kearns, at (805) 880-9363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding technical assistance and support, please contact Hazel Naftzger, Community Engagement Data
and Administrative Associate, at 805.880.9377 or email@example.com.