As we collectively adjust to the rapidly-developing and changing situation around COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the well-being of our community remains our main priority. At the FUND we understand that disasters lay-bare existing inequities and that moments of crisis disproportionately affect underserved communities— as we navigate through this unprecedented challenge, our efforts are largely framed by this lens. We hope that by providing insight, resources, and reassurance we can help ensure that we are all able to continue operating on a functional level as individuals, organizations, and as a community.
It is important we all take these protective measures to stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Regularly wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Only leave your home for what is considered "essential": to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet away from anyone you encounter.
Additionally, please remember to stay calm and lead with common sense and kindness.
For the latest local, state, and general COVID-19 public health information, visit:
FUND for Santa Barbara Resources:
Emerging Needs Grants
Projects that need immediate financial assistance due to extraordinary, unforeseen circumstances may be eligible for this grant. The Fund does not consider poor planning, cash flow problems, or insufficient fund-raising efforts as grounds for an ENG. Projects are encouraged to apply if they meet the general funding criteria. Please contact Director of Grant-Making, Patricia Solorio, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Grassroots Fundraising with Rona Fernandez of Klein & Roth Consulting
FREE | Space is limited so we can have a group conversation, so please register for one of the times in the form or contact us. This unprecedented time of uncertainty and physical distancing is putting particular strain on fundraising efforts. Join us to learn and share how groups have weathered past crisis, gather with peers to brainstorm creative solutions, and hear from longtime social justice nonprofit and fundraising expert Rona Fernandez. Groups will receive individualized follow-up consultation as requested.
COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County
The Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Details about funding priorities and eligibility can be found at: Community Disaster Relief Fund.
Please consider adding your name or organization to this open letter for local officials. It's an evolving collaborative document supporting centering equity in our local governments' responses to COVID-19.
"Toward making the public more resilient as a whole, we strongly urge you to uplift the needs of people who are particularly vulnerable in this moment— such as people who are undocumented, experiencing housing insecurity, those un-/under-employed, and others whose health and wellness is particularly negatively exacerbated by this crisis."
Immediate Moratoriums on Evictions & Foreclosures in Santa Maria as a result of COVID-19
"As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many working-class people have lost their jobs and small business have faced struggles in bringing in customers. We need the community of Santa Maria's support in demanding our City Council to follow the lead of many other neighboring cities and take action in protecting our tenants and small business from evictions and foreclosures. We are currently in a health crisis that requires residents to take shelter in their homes. We need a comprehensive rent moratorium that protects our family's right to have a healthy, safe home!" Sign The Petition + Learn More!
The 805 UndocuFund is a collective effort among Ventura and Santa Barbara County-based grassroots organizations to assist local undocumented immigrant individuals and families who are excluded from federally-funded safety net programs; that have been economically impacted by the loss of their homes, wages, and/or employment due to disasters in our community like wildfires, mudslides, and the coronavirus.
If you can, please donate at: 805 UndocuFund DONATE!