Stay tuned for Fall Multi-Year Grant Announcements!
Spring 2021 General Cycle Launches January 25!
We Invite Applications from Groups That:
- Actively support anti-discrimination based on race, sex/gender, age, religion, language spoken, or immigration status;
- Actively support communities marginalized by power structures to engage in dialogue and actions that seek to counter social injustice;
- Actively work to improve the rights of workers and their families whose living conditions have been marginalized;
- Promote the cultural life of underserved communities and support the activities of cultural workers;
- Promote self-determination and leadership development in low income and disenfranchised communities;
- Promote Global peace and organize locally for just policies;
- Work on building coalitions to enhance improving environmental justice and address climate change, especially organizing a constituency usually without access to decision-makers
- Engage in collaborative action and coalition-building to strengthen movement ecosystems; Work against community violence and actively support recovery and restorative justice activities and initiatives;
- Operate in a democratic manner, responsive to and directed by the constituency being served.
We Do Not Fund:
- Political campaigns that support a candidate or a political party;
- Private (vs. public) interests;
- Direct labor organizing;
- Projects providing direct services without a social change component;
- Direct support to individuals
- Building improvements;
- Capital ventures, i.e. office equipment, machines, or vehicles;
- Projects located outside of Santa Barbara County.
These are used by the Grant Making Committee when deciding who to fund.
Guidelines: Does this project have the potential to create or advance social, economic, political, and/or environmental change? Please refer to FUND Guidelines
Priorities: Are there elements of community organizing, lobbying, direct action, base-building or legal strategy?
Access to Funding: Does this project lack access to traditional sources of funding?
Critical Timing/Need: Does the organization have the capacity necessary to reach their social change goals? Are the key players familiar with other organizations in the same field? Is this a response to a need demonstrated by the community? Has the community demonstrated support for this work?
Impact of Funds: How clear is the budget outline? How well does the budget match the project's social change goals? Will funding help start-up, stabilize the organization and/or leverage other funding sources.
Regional Equity: Will this project help the GMC achieve its objective of providing equity in funding throughout Santa Barbara County?
Para una applicacion en español por favor de llamar a Patricia al 805-922-1707. Gracias!
Other Grant Opportunities
The Fund for Santa Barbara accepts Multi-Year Grant applications during the Fall Cycle Only. Interested applicants must first contact the Fund office. Please call the office at (805) 922-1707 to speak with Patricia Solorio or email at Psolorio@fundforsantabarbara.org.
Youth Making Change Grants (YMC)
Youth Making Change is a teen-led philanthropy program for youth led projects in Santa Barbara County. The maximum award is $3,000 and the deadline is in the Fall. Please call the office at (805) 962-9164 to learn more about the application and guidelines.
Donor Advised Grants
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 but require an invitation from FUND staff.
Emerging Need Grants (ENG)
Projects that need immediate financial assistance and could not meet the deadline for our Grant Cycles 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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.