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
- When outside of your home, wear a protective face-mask and keep 6 feet of distance from anyone who does not live in your household
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 email@example.com for more information.
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."
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!