The FUND is dedicated to finding solutions to current and emerging social problems and issues that challenge our society as a whole. Since its inception, The Fund has awarded nearly $5 million to more than 900 projects. Learn about our Grant Making History here.
The FUND believes that significant social change ultimately requires broad participation in a democratic control of all social and economic institutions. Social conditions improve most dramatically when those who have been denied power and justice come together to form coalitions which organize to confront and change the conditions that have denied them access to justice and equity.
We Invite Applications From Groups:
- 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 self-determination and leadership development in low income and disenfranchised communities;
- Promote the cultural life of underserved communities and support the activities of cultural workers;
- 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 Funding Priorities are used by our Grant Making Committee when deciding who to fund:
Does this project have the potential or advance social, economic, political and/or environmental change?
Are there elements of: Community Organizing, Lobbying, Direct Action, Base-Building or Legal Strategy?
Does this project lack access to traditional sources of funding?
Does this 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?
How clear is the budget outline? How well does the budget match the project's social change goals? Will funding help start-up the organization, stabilize the organization, and/or leverage other funding sources?
Will this project help the GMC achieve its objective of providing equity in funding throughout Santa Barbara County?