Fall Funding Cycle
The cycle is now closed. Thank you to those who applied!
To learn where in the cycle we are, please follow the calendar below.
Schedule: Fall Cycle 2018
Proposal Review by Staff
Applications Due - No Later than 5:00pm
Site Visit Interviews
Please note that not all applicants will receive an interview and that interviews are not indicative of a decision to award funding.
Funding recommendations are made
Grant Recipient Orientations
This is an opportunity for grantees to review the Grant Award Packets and ask FUND staff for any assistance when submitting Grant Agreements.
Fall Grant Awards Celebration
All grant applicants are welcome regardless of funding decisions.
We Will Not Consider:
- Projects involved in electoral campaigns on behalf of candidates or parties
- Private (vs. public) interests
- Direct labor organizing
- Projects located outside of Santa Barbara County
- Projects providing direct services without a social change component
- Direct support to individuals, capital ventures, or building improvements
We Invite Applications From Groups:
- Working against discrimination based on race, sex/gender, age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, ethnicity, language, or immigration status
- Struggling for the rights of workers
- Promoting self-determination in low-income and disenfranchised communities
- Promoting international peace and organize locally for a just foreign policy
- Working on improving the environment, especially organizing a constituency usually without access to decision makers
- Operating in a democratic manner, responsive to and directed by the constituency being served
The Fund believes that significant social changes ultimately require broad participation in a democratic control of all social and economic institutions. Historically, social conditions improve most dramatically when people organize on their own behalf, form alliances with other like-minded people & organizations, and build coalitions to confront and change the conditions that have denied them access, equity, and justice.
The Fund gives preference to projects working to address the root causes of social, economic, environmental and political problems. The Fund provides seed grants to new grassroots projects, general support or project grants to small organizations, and targeted grants to larger, more established organizations.
Affirmative Action considerations are among the criteria used in all funding decisions.
Additional Grant Making Programs
The Multi-Year Grant Application is different than the regular grant cycle. Applications are accepted during the Spring Cycle only. Any interested applicants must first contact the FUND office. Please call (805) 962-9164 for a pre-application and guidelines.
The Fund for Santa Barbara also manages a limited number of Donor Advised Funds focused on social justice work. These grants are not available through the regular application process. If you are interested, please contact Executive Director Marcos Vargas at (805) 962-9164 or email@example.com.
Projects that need immediate financial assistance and could not meet the deadline for our regular Fall or Spring Grant Cycle due to extraordinary, unforeseen circumstances may be eligible for an Emerging Need Grant. We do not consider poor planning, cash flow problems, depletion of funds or insufficient fund-raising efforts to be grounds for an Emerging Need Grant. If you are interested in the Emerging Need Grant Program, please contact our North County Program Manager Patricia Solorio at (805) 922-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Barbara Gives! (SB Gives!) is a year-end fundraising program intended to leverage the resources of The Santa Barbara Independent and The FUND to generate valuable media exposure and create a new network of donors for progressive nonprofit organizations serving Santa Barbara county. SB Gives! is modeled on successful campaigns in other communities and central to the program is sbgives.org, an online fundraising platform that features the important social change work of participating nonprofits selected for their progressive programs.