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:
- 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
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
These Funding Priorities are used by our Grant Making Commitee 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 tp 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?