Funder Database

Funder Database

Our database includes funder guidelines, application deadlines, Word templates for online/PDF applications, up-to-date funder news, and examples of organizations supported by each funder. Funder info was updated on January 31.

DESCRIPTION

The Common Grant Application was developed by The Foundation Roundtable at least 15 years ago as a labor-saving device for organizations seeking grants from multiple local foundations. As more funders move to online applications, the use of the CGA has declined, although it is still accepted by a handful of funders, including:

  • James S. Bower Foundation (in lieu of an LOI only)
  • Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation (as an upload to their online system)
  • Crawford Idema Family Foundation
  • Ann Jackson Family Foundation
  • St. Francis Foundation

You can find the 2017 Common Grant Application here in Word format (still accepted in 2018 as it rarely changes). The document does not include the financials in the Word document; those are provided here in Excel. We strongly recommend using the Excel version of the financials because it makes the calculations for you. In Word it is very easy to make a mistake with the math. If you want to use Word for the financials for some reason, those can be found here as well. At the end of the document, we have added a suggested attachments list that includes the required supporting documents for the CGA. Make sure to check if there are any specific additional requirements for each funder to whom you are applying.

DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENTS
UPDATES AND NOTICES

3/20/2020:

  1. Along with other Foundation Roundtable members we are going to support the Disaster Relief Fund that is rolling out (probably today) with SBF and the two United Ways. While this will not be the only avenue of support, it will be a central one, both for groups and individuals. I believe many of us will also look at the Un-Docu fund as well. I suspect these funds will be focused mainly on addressing the economic impacts of COVID in the community, and supporting front line groups.
  2. Also along with the FR, we will be communicating with each other on our related grants going directly to non-profits. I know some foundations are already making grants to Foodbank and others.
  3. We are in contact with SBC Public Health, Cottage and the network of healthcare providers in order to be able to follow their lead should the healthcare safety net strain and need additional support. Hopefully we will not veer toward a Northern Italy type situation, but we are prepared to step up if that should happen. Again, this is in cooperation with other FR members.

In terms of going forward, we don’t plan to suspend funding at this point, but it will probably be even more focused on our core areas, and unlikely to take on new groups or efforts.

WEBSITE

http://www.jsbowerfoundation.org

DESCRIPTION

The Foundation funds in the following categories: early years, later years, consciousness, environment, and community priorities. They like to have relationships with their grantees, so it makes sense to give the Foundation a call before applying.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
Bower FRT Page

Read a 2017 interview with Jon Clark from the Bower Foundation here.

GUIDLINES

Full guidelines can be found at their website:
http://www.jsbowerfoundation.org/bya_general_guidelines.html

A Word template for the short online form is here:

Bower LOI online form template

DEADLINES

LOI

June 1 – June 30, 2020

Full Proposal
If you are invited to apply you will be given a deadline at that time.

EXAMPLES OF SANTA BARBARA ORGANIZATIONS FUNDED BY THIS FUNDER
  • AIDS Housing Santa Barbara Inc
  • CALM
  • Carpinteria Education Foundation
  • Center for Successful Aging
  • Community Environmental Council
  • Environmental Defense Center
  • Family Therapy Institute
  • Future Leaders of America
  • Just Communities
  • Santa Barbara Foundation/First Five of Santa Barbara County
  • Storyteller
  • Transition House Infant Care Center
  • Visiting Nurses & Hospice Care
OTHER INFORMATION NOT FOUND IN GUIDELINES
DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENTS

Bower Foundation Roundtable Info
Bower LOI Template

UPDATES AND NOTICES

As of July 13, 2020, the Chumash Foundation’s activities are still paused. However, they are still allowing the submission of grants during this time. They will let us know in August when they will begin reviewing submitted requests.

WEBSITE

http://www.santaynezchumash.org/contributions.html

DESCRIPTION

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation funds a broad range of organizations, both through a grant funding stream and a sponsorship funding stream. The goal of our Foundation is to make the community it serves a better place for all of its residents, placing particular value on activities and programs that expand opportunities for the least advantaged, protect our environment or enhance the lives of youth.

GUIDLINES

The Foundation’s guidelines are a bit tricky to find on their website as they are spread out over multiple pages.

General guidelines can be found here:
http://www.santaynezchumash.org/contributions_guidelines.html
http://www.santaynezchumash.org/contributions.html

Technology in Schools guidelines can be found here:
http://www.santaynezchumash.org/links/Technology%20in%20Schools%20Program.pdf

Applications can be found here:
http://www.santaynezchumash.org/contributions_applications.html

DEADLINES

The general foundation grant program has two funding cycles:

January 1 – March 31, 2020
May 1 – July 31, 2020

The Technology in Schools program deadline is:
April 30, 2020

Sponsorship requests are accepted at any time but must be submitted at least 90 days before the event.In-kind requests (bottled water and auction items) must be received 60 days prior to when items are needed.

EXAMPLES OF SANTA BARBARA ORGANIZATIONS FUNDED BY THIS FUNDER

The Foundation posts a list of funded organizations here:
http://www.santaynezchumash.org/contributions_partnership5.html

OTHER INFORMATION NOT FOUND IN GUIDELINES
DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENTS

 

UPDATES AND NOTICES
8/2020: From a 2020 email from the foundation: “We are still planning our regular grant cycle for the year and our priorities have not changed. We did not create an emergency fund per se but did make some emergency grants in the food security space but are not currently considering any further emergency grants. Our schedule remains the same as always. LOIs are welcome anytime from early April through mid-August, and proposals invited in will be due in mid-September.”
WEBSITE
DESCRIPTION
The Foundation funds in the following priority areas: Critical needs (food, shelter, etc.) Substance abuse Health services LGBT Environment Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here: https://nprnsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Crawford-Idema-FRT-Page.pdf
GUIDLINES
Guidelines for 2017 can be found here (they still apply for 2020): Crawford-Idema-2017-Guidelines.docx
DEADLINES
LOI April 1 – mid-August Full Proposal Mid-September (only if invited through LOI process–you will receive the deadline at that time)
EXAMPLES OF SANTA BARBARA ORGANIZATIONS FUNDED BY THIS FUNDER
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • CASA
  • Domestic Violence Solutions
  • Easy Lift
  • Family Services Agency
  • Food Bank of Santa Barbara County
  • Hospice of Santa Barbara
  • Jodi House
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Sarah House
  • Transition House
OTHER INFORMATION NOT FOUND IN GUIDELINES
DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENTS
Crawford Idema Foundation Roundtable Page Crawford Idema 2017 Guidelines
UPDATES AND NOTICES

3/21/2020–From their recent email re COVID-19

The rapid spread of the COVID 19 virus has created a crisis throughout the world impacting everyone’s daily lives including those of us living in Santa Barbara County. These are extraordinary times and the challenges facing our community, nation and the world are unprecedented. The ROY AND IDA EAGLE FOUNDATION is committed to doing its part to engage this new reality by focusing all of our efforts and resources toward assisting those organizations that are on the front lines of the effort to suppress and defeat the effects of this pandemic. As a result of our efforts, this year, the Foundation will not be considering grant applications from community organizations that we have proudly supported in the past. Our decision could change as we progress through the year so we encourage you to periodically review our web site royandidaeaglefoundation.org for updated information.

11/19/2018: Note the Foundation’s new address: P.O. Box 2399, Santa Maria, CA 93457

12/2016: The Foundation changed its deadline from 9/15 to 7/31. See notice here:
https://nprnsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Eagle-2017-deadline-change.pdf

WEBSITE

http://www.royandidaeaglefoundation.org/

DESCRIPTION

The Foundation emphasizes their giving in North County. From their website: Since its inception, the Foundation has invested in a wide range of non-profit organizations in the areas of Health and Human Services, Education, Wildlife and Domestic Animals, focusing primarily on Northern Santa Barbara County.

GUIDLINES

Full guidelines can be found at their website:
http://www.royandidaeaglefoundation.org/who-we-serve

Report templates can be found here:
Interim Report Form:
Report-Interim-Form.doc

Final Report Form:
Report-Final-Form.doc

Please be sure to download the original PDF report forms from their website!
http://www.royandidaeaglefoundation.org/

DEADLINES

July 31, 2020

EXAMPLES OF SANTA BARBARA ORGANIZATIONS FUNDED BY THIS FUNDER
  • Angels Foster Care
  • Animal Shelter Assistance Program
  • CALM
  • Casa Serena
  • Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center
  • Family Services Agency
  • Humane Society Santa Maria
  • New House Santa Barbara
  • Orcutt Area Seniors Center
  • Santa Maria YMCA
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • United Boys and Girls Club, Lompoc
OTHER INFORMATION NOT FOUND IN GUIDELINES
DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENTS

Eagle 2017 Deadline Change 
Eagle Report Final Template – Word 
Eagle Report Interim Template – Word 
Eagle Report Final Form – PDF
Eagle Report Interim Form – PDF

UPDATES AND NOTICES

4/2020:

“It is our hope that you are well and finding ways to stay connected to friends and family during these challenging times. The pandemic amplifies the inequities marginalized communities continue to face. The FUND remains committed to uplifting grassroots community organizing that fights these inequities on the frontlines; groups that address systematic oppression exacerbated by the pandemic. This is a time for us all to reassess what we perceive as “business as usual” and embrace the opportunity to understand that what has been accepted as “normal” is not working, and must be redefined.

As a response to this unprecedented crisis, we are taking steps to ensure our long-term ability to be a support for our community. While our Spring Grant Cycle is currently underway, we have made the extremely difficult decision to suspend our Fall Grant Cycle for this year (2020). In an effort to mitigate the impacts of this decision, we have doubled our Emerging Needs Grants budget and increased the maximum award from $3,000 to $5,000. This will allow us to be more responsive and expedite the decision-making process. Our activist-led Grant Making Committee will still conduct the decision-making process and will invoke our Funding Guidelines and Priorities more than ever. We will continue to focus on supporting efforts that have the largest impact on addressing this crisis with the limited funds available. These projects might include:

  • Emergency outreach and education (webinars, social media campaigns, etc);
  • Establishing improved sick leave policies;
  • Elevating anti-racist & anti-discrimination narratives;
  • Organizing for safe workplaces & institutions;
  • Resource mobilization, mutual aid projects, emergency income assistance & eviction prevention;
  • Community centered healing

In accordance with our commitment to long-term movement building we will still be accepting proposals for our Fall Multi-Year Cycle. We recognize that suspending the Single Year Fall Cycle grants will likely create funding gaps and hope that the Emerging Needs Grants will help remedy this. We remain attentive and attuned to the needs of our communities and will consider allocating more funds into our Emerging Needs Grants Program if we have the resources to do so. Inquiries for the Emerging Needs Grants should be sent to grants@fundforsantabarbara.org. Please reach out to Patricia Solorio, our Director of Grant-Making, with any general questions or concerns about our Grant Making Program.”

1/2020: The Fund for Santa Barbara is transitioning to an online portal application only in Spring 2020. Contact Patricia Solorio at psolorio@fundforsantabarbara.org for an approved exception to apply with a hard copy application.

WEBSITE

http://www.royandidaeaglefoundation.org/

DESCRIPTION

The Fund for Santa Barbara funds social justice efforts–NOT direct service programs. Their motto is “change, not charity.” From their website:The Fund is dedicated to finding solutions to current and emerging social problems and issues that challenge our society as a whole. 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.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
https://nprnsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Fund-for-SB-FRT-Page.pdf

GUIDLINES

The Fund provides two grant cycles per year, spring and fall. They offer workshops in advance of each deadline which are valuable in completing a competitive grant. They also provide some opportunities for Youth Making Change grants and Emerging Need grants.

Guidelines can be found at their website (2020 information is not yet posted):
https://www.fundforsantabarbara.org/programs/grant-making/

DEADLINES

Spring Cycle Opens on Jan 27, 2020
Spring Cycle Deadline is Feb 28, 2020
Fall Cycle Opens on Aug 3, 2020 (CANCELLED)
Fall Cycle Deadline day is Sept 4, 2020 (CANCELLED)
Youth Making Change 2020: October 23, 2020

EXAMPLES OF SANTA BARBARA ORGANIZATIONS FUNDED BY THIS FUNDER
  • Alternatives to Violence Project
  • Association of Mexican American Educators
  • CAUSE
  • City at Peace
  • Future Leaders of America
  • Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center
  • Importa
  • Just Communities
  • La Casa de la Raza
  • Legal Aid Foundation
  • Lideres Campesinas
  • Freedom4Youth
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association
OTHER INFORMATION NOT FOUND IN GUIDELINES

The Fund for Santa Barbara also offers Technical Assistance to non-profits.

DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENTS

Fund for Santa Barbara Foundation Roundtable Page

Updates and Notices

1/16/2017: Per conversation with June Sochel, the Gildea Foundation will be inactive for the foreseeable future. One trustee died and others have resigned, so a new structure is being developed. They don’t know what the new structure will look like.

Website

None

Description

From the Foundation Roundtable directory:
The Gildea Foundation’s mission is to make a significant contribution to Santa Barbara County through involvement in projects focusing on the natural environment and the well being of our senior citizens.Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
Gildea-FRT-Page.pdf

Guidelines

No guidelines are available.

Deadlines

The Foundation is inactive as of 1/2017.

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Bicycle Coalition
  • Casa Esperanza
  • Community Environmental Council
  • Environmental Defense Center
  • Family Service Agency
  • Goleta Valley Community Center
  • Los Padres Forest Watch
  • Organic Soup Kitchen
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Social Venture Partners
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents

Gildea Foundation Roundtable Info

Updates and Notices
Website

N/A

Description

The Bull Foundation does not publish any information about their funding priorities. They seem to fund a variety of organizations, from health to animals to historical to the arts. In 2016, out of a total of 85 grants awarded, only 18 were to organizations in Santa Barbara. Their grants are in the $2,500 range, with only a handful being $5,000 or more.

Guidelines

The Henry W. Bull Foundation was established in December 1960 by Maud L. Bull as a memorial to her late husband, Henry W. Bull. The following is a list of general guidelines for submitting a grant request to the Foundation.

  • There is no formal grant application form. Please submit a simple, concise statement of needs and objectives with pertinent supportive data. We respectfully request that no videos or books be sent and that the Bull Foundation not be added to your organization’s mailing list.
  • All grantees must hold current IRS tax-exempt status. Please include a copy of your organizations’ Federal Tax Exempt Ruling.
  • The Foundation does not publish an annual report.
  • The average grant size is $3,000.
  • Grants are made two times per year. Deadlines for submission for each period are
    April 1 and September 1.
  • Only those organizations selected for grants are notified by the Foundation.
  • Union Bank is only the Administrative Trustee, and does not make grant selections. Organizations are selected for funding by the Individual Trustees.
  • Foreign grants are not considered.
  • Grant requests should be sent to the following address:
    Henry W. Bull Foundation
    Attn: Monica Vidger-Trent, Vice President
    Union Bank
    P.O. Box 2340
    Santa Barbara, CA 93120-2340
  • Inquiries can be made to Rosalia Ochoa at (805) 899-8471. Fax No. (805) 884-1404
Deadlines

April 1
September 1

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Family Service Agency
  • Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
  • Cottage Hospital
  • SEE International
  • Santa Barbara Athletic Roundtable
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundaton
  • Mental Wellness Center
  • Maritime Museum
  • American Heart Association
  • Friendship Adult Day Care Center
  • CADA
  • Goleta Valley Historical Society
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

2015: Per a conversation with Janice Gibbons, the deadline is a postmark deadline

Downloadable Documents
Updates and Notices
Website

http://www.hindfoundation.org/

Description

The Hind Foundation funds community-based projects and programs that encourage people to work together to build an enduring legacy for future generations. Funding categories include music and visual arts, plant and wildlife protection, land conservation, historical landmark restoration, and ecosystem conservation. They have standard grants (their largest program), supplemental grants (up to $2,500), and continuing education grants for those involved in non-profits (up to $1,000).

Guidelines

Full guidelines can be found at their website:
http://www.hindfoundation.org/Funding/Areas-of-Funding

The Word template for their online standard grant LOI is here:
LOI Template

The Word template for their online standard grant full proposal is here:
Full Grant Proposal Template

Note that the LOI is actually more involved than the full proposal!

BE AWARE: If you leave an open LOI/application on their system for more than 4 weeks without making significant progress on it, they will delete it and not let you apply again for another year. This is very real!

Deadlines

Rolling deadlines

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Lobero Theatre
  • Music Academy of the West
  • Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Santa Maria Valley Humane Society
  • Ensemble Theatre Company
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

The Hind Foundation does not fund very many organizations in Santa Barbara, and you will have the best luck if you reach out to the foundation personally to discuss your project.

Downloadable Documents

Hind 2017 Standard Grant LOI Template   Hind 2017 Standard Grant Full Proposal Template

Updates and Notices

7/14/2020: Statement from the Foundation re COVID-19 changes:

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hutton Parker Foundation has decided to suspend our Fall Core/General Operating Support funding cycle and, instead, continue our support of the COVID-19 Joint Response Fund. In partnership with the Santa Barbara Foundation and United Way of Santa Barbara County, the COVID-19 Joint Response fund was established in March 2020, at the onset of the pandemic, to respond to emergency and adaptive needs of local area nonprofits, families and individuals. Award focus has shifted recently to General Operating Support needed as our sector begins to take steps to recover, re-emerge and rebuild.

Many additional local funders have also contributed funds to this joint effort. As of June 30, 2020, more than $9.3 million of the $11.8 million has been distributed to more than 200 nonprofit agencies serving Santa Barbara county.

Hutton Parker Foundation will continue to support and fund the Joint Response efforts through at least December 2020. We encourage all of our past grantees, as well as new, to apply to the COVID-19 Joint Respond Fund at https://www.sbfoundation.org/covid-19-response-grants/. Santa Barbara Foundation staff are facilitating the process and available for assistance. All applications are reviewed and approved by committee. Hutton Parker Foundation is represented on this committee.

For additional questions, please contact Pam Lewis, COO at plewis@huttonfoundation.org.

Hutton Parker Foundation wishes each and every one only the best during these truly unique and challenging times. Together we will get through this and, we believe, be even stronger in the end. Be well and stay safe.”

 

1/2020: Note that for both spring and fall general grant cycle in 2020, Hutton is only accepting the first 50 applications received in the portal after it opens (Feb 1 and August 1).

1/2019:  The Foundation will have two cycles (based on organization issue area) for general operating support this year. For each cycle they are accepting only the first 50 applications, so apply early! All organizations are eligible to apply, even those that received a grant in 2018

7/2018: The Foundation has re-opened their Core Support grant program and suspended their Crisis Grant program. Only organizations that did not receive a 2018 Crisis Grant or a 2017 Core Support grant are eligible to apply. See their website for more information.

1/2018: The Hutton Parker Foundation has suspended their Core Support grant program. Read below for more information.

1/22/2017: The Hutton Parker Foundation went from two grant cycles to one last year but they have returned to having two grant cycles for 2017. They are no longer doing an LOI. They will be hosting several information sessions about their 2017 guidelines that are posted on their website.

Website

http://huttonfoundation.org/

Description

Types of Support:

  • General Operating Support Grants
  • Media and Marketing Grants (in partnership with the Santa Barbara Independent, The Santa Maria Sun, and NoozHawk.com)
  • Program Related Investments (capital & building loans)

General Priorities:
Hutton Parker Foundation strives to provide organizational sustainability to community-based nonprofit organizations throughout Santa Barbara County and to assist agencies in achieving their highest level of performance and delivery of services resulting in stronger, more efficient communities for all. The Foundation also specializes in providing quality office space for local area nonprofit organizations through the acquisition and development of commercial real estate properties.

Special Interests:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Education
  • Health & Human Services
  • Children, Youth & Families
  • Civic & Community

More information can be found at their website.
Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:

Hutton Parker FRT Page

Read a 2017 interview with Pam Lewis from the Hutton Parker Foundation here.

Guidelines

Please visit their website for complete information: http://huttonfoundation.org/

Word templates for general operating grants will be made available as soon as the foundation makes the application available. The template for media grants can be found here:

Hutton Parker Media Grant Template

Deadlines

General Operating Grant

Spring Cycle

Designated for ARTS & CULTURE and HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Organizations (see classifications below).

February 1 – Application Cycle opens

March 15–Deadline
MAXIMUM 50 FULLY ELIGIBLE & COMPLETE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED PER CYCLE.  Portal will close after 50 applications are submitted.
June – Award Notifications

Please note Hutton Parker Foundation’s organization classifications as follows:

ARTS & CULTURE — Dance, Music (Symphony, Orchestra, Choral), Music Education, Museums, Historical Societies, Theatres

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES — Counseling Programs, Alcohol & Drug Related Programs, Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence, Medical Services, Disease Research, Senior Services, Respite Care, Food Related

Fall Cycle: THERE WILL BE NO FALL CYCLE THIS YEAR AS THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR FUNDING TOWARD COVID-19 RELIEF

Designated for CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES, CIVIC & COMMUNITY and EDUCATION Organizations (see classifications below)

August 1 — Application Cycle opens

September 15 — Deadline
MAXIMUM 50 FULLY ELIGIBLE & COMPLETE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED PER CYCLE. Portal will close after 50 applications are submitted.
December — Award Notifications

Please note Hutton Parker Foundation’s organization classifications as follows:

CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES — Youth Development, Child Care, Homeless Families, After School Programs

CIVIC & COMMUNITY — Housing, Transportation, Legal Assistance, Animal Related, Public Safety, Environmental Research, Zoos, Public Gardens

EDUCATION — Schools, Colleges & Universities, Scholarship Programs

Media Grants: Independent and Santa Maria Sun
Organizations can apply to all of these media grant opportunities at one time but you must make a good case for why. Annually they award 10-12 grants each for the Independent and Santa Maria Sun.

Independent Media Grant: Open, applications are received year round and reviewed quarterly based on the schedule posted here:
http://huttonfoundation.org/santa-barbara-independent/

Sun Media Grants: Open, applications are received year round.
http://huttonfoundation.org/santa-maria-sun/ 

Noozhawk Media Grant: Check back soon for 2020 deadlines

http://huttonfoundation.org/noozhawk/

PRI
Open, applications are received year round

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Academy of Healing Arts for Teens
  • Boxtales Theatre Company
  • California Academy Foundation
  • Child Abuse Listening Mediation
  • Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
  • Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center
  • Ganna Walska Lotusland
  • Girls Incorporated of Carpinteria
  • Just Communities
  • Opera Santa Barbara
  • Pathpoint
  • Sansum Diabetes Research Institute
  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • Santa Barbara New House
  • Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • Transition House
  • Wilderness Youth Project
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

The Hutton-Parker requires grantees to take a year off in between Core Support grants. Contact the foundation for more information.

Downloadable Documents

Hutton Parker Media Grant Template

Updates and Notices

8/2020: From Palmer Jackson: We are still accepting grant proposals, however it’s pretty tight with all of our current commitments and now some emergency funding.”

2/2019: Please note that there are no firm deadlines but they say to get apps in by April 1 if you want funding in the same year. It’s okay to email apps in to Sarah Savage at annjacksonfdn@gmail.com.

1/2/18: Palmer told us that the Jackson Foundation is working on developing a new process and timeline, and to follow last year’s deadlines for the moment. We will send out an announcement when any new guidelines come out.

9/18/17: Per an email with Palmer Jackson, the board is meeting on 10/23/17. He also said that while 10/1 is not a hard deadline, it’s a good date to shoot for. With the Jackson Foundation’s current capital campaign commitments, grants will be a bit tight this cycle. Please note that there is no office to drop off grants and mailing is the best option.

7/2015: The Foundation sent letters to current grantees indicating that they have established formal deadlines (see Jackson Deadline Update 7.2015 ). PLEASE NOTE that their website says that they have no deadlines. We recommend observing the deadlines listed below.

Website

http://www.annjacksonfamilyfoundation.org/

Description

The Jackson Foundation funds a wide variety of organizations.

This is from their website:

The Foundation considers proposals from non-profit organizations that provide services to Santa Barbara County, primarily in the South County. The Foundation does not restrict grants based on non-profit sector, but has focused on organizations that have been providing services to Santa Barbara for the long term.  The Foundation supports organizations in the areas of Health and Human Services, The Arts, Community and Civic Infrastructure and Education. The Foundation primarily funds capital, operating and program grants, but in rare instances endowment grants may be considered. The Foundation occasionally supports organizations outside of Santa Barbara County at the request of trustees.  However, unsolicited proposals from organizations providing services outside of Santa Barbara County will not be considered.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
https://nprnsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Jackson-FRT-Page.pdf

Guidelines

Guidelines are available at their website. It doesn’t say it there, but it’s okay to email apps in to Sarah Savage at annjacksonfdn@gmail.com. This is from a 3/6/2019 email from Sarah:

The preferred method of receiving proposals is via email to annjacksonfdn@gmail.com. It can be in PDF or Word format. There are a few stipulations:

  • Organizations requesting under $10,000 can submit a 1-2 page letter of request.
  • Organizations requesting $10,000+ or a capital grant should submit the Foundation Roundtable’s Common Grant Application.

Organizations serving outside of Santa Barbara County will not be considered without a Board recommendation.

Deadlines

From their website:

The Foundation evaluates grant requests on a rolling basis throughout its fiscal year (6/1 – 5/31). Currently there are no deadlines for grants based on type as is done at other foundations. Grant writers should be aware that proposals received after April 1st, will most likely be considered for funding in the following fiscal year.

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Adventures in Caring
  • Alpha Resource Center
  • Camerata Pacifica
  • Cancer Center
  • Cate School
  • Lobero Theatre
  • Music Academy of the West
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Storyteller
  • Transition House
  • Wilderness Youth Project
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

While their guidelines imply that funding might be received at certain times of the year, our experience has been that the Foundation does not always follow a schedule, so funds may be received at different times each year.

Downloadable Documents

Jackson Foundation Roundtable Page  Jackson Deadline Update 7.2015

Updates and Notices
Website

None

Description

From the Foundation Roundtable guide:
They fund quality programs that educate and enhance the lives and well-being of children and the underprivileged.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
La Centra Sumerlin FRT Page

Guidelines

There are no written guidelines. You can submit a brief letter or the common grant application by the deadline. A hard copy must be mailed in.

Deadlines

September 1
The foundation meets once a year in late September or October.

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • CALM
  • Casa Esperanza
  • Carpinteria Children’s Project
  • Carpinteria Education Foundation
  • Family Services Agency
  • Pacific Pride Foundation (HIV programs)
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
  • Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

We recommend calling the foundation to see if they would like to receive a proposal from your organization.
Michael Cooney, Trustee
(805) 969-1182

Downloadable Documents

La Centra Sumerlin Foundation Roundtable Page

Updates and Notices

8/2020: Their funding cycles are proceeding as normal. We suggest requesting permission from Stephanie Eubanks to send in apps via email: stephanie.eubanks@unionbank.com.

Website

None

Description

From the Foundation Roundtable guide: The Herbert and Gertrude Latkin Charitable Foundation was created for the purpose of promoting the health and welfare of the elderly, preventing cruelty to animals, providing educational scholarships for deserving college students, providing emergency medical service for persons suffering as a result of calamity or disaster, preventing child abuse and providing assistance to the needy.

You can call Stephanie Eubanks at the Foundation for more information: (805) 805-884-8638

Guidelines

Make sure to include their one-page application form, which also has guidelines on it:

PLEASE NOTE: the 2017 guidelines and application still are applicable for 2020 (they rarely change).

A PDF of the guidelines can be found here:
Latkin 2017 guidelines
The Latkin Application in a Word doc can be found here:
Latkin Application Template

Deadlines

April 1, 2020
October 1, 2020

Applications must be mailed (to the P.O. Box) or hand delivered to the street address.

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Casa Serena
  • Domestic Violence Solutions
  • Family Services Agency
  • Food Bank of Santa Barbara County
  • Friendship Adult Daycare Center
  • Jodi House
  • New Beginnings
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
  • Storyteller
  • Transition House
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents

Latkin 2017 Guidelines  Latkin Application Template

Updates and Notices

1/2020: This year, Limoneira requires their application to be uploaded online (see link below under “Guidelines”) rather than mailed. Note the change in deadline as well. They are also making it very clear that they are only funding programs that impact Ventura County. They say to not apply for Santa Barbara programs.

Website

https://vccf.org/nonprofits/#grant-proces

Description

This fund is administered through the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF). This is from the VCCF website:

The Limoneira Company has been building and sustaining community for almost 125 years. We fund education, health and human services, industry, community, cultural events and projects that make the areas in which we live and work more vibrant and sustainable. Since 2009, the company has given over $2,500,000 to support schools and community and industry organizations in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Tulare counties, and Yuma, Arizona. The Board of the Limoneira Foundation Fund may solicit or recommend grants outside of these funding priorities and/or with broader geographic focus.

For 2020, they are making it very clear that they are only funding programs that impact Ventura County. They say to not apply for Santa Barbara programs.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:
Qualified charitable organizations seeking program or project support and completing this application:

Must be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community based organization, school, or other agency providing a public benefit.
Must have an active Board of Directors.
Must demonstrate financial viability and capacity to conduct the project to be funded.
Funds will not be granted for religious activities, or for partisan or political purposes.
Non-charitable organizations seeking funding for either programs or events, and charitable organizations seeking event funding should apply through a separate application available at the Limoneira Company website at www.limoneira.com.

Applications are due online by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Guidelines

Visit their website to download the application packet as a PDF:
https://vccf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/limoneira-foundation-and-grant-application-form-2020.pdf

Finalized applications are to be uploaded here: https://vccf.org/grant-rfp-application/

Deadlines

January 15, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. CST (online)

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Girls Inc. of Carpinteria
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Casa Pacifica
  • Healthcare Foundation Ventura County
  • United Way of Ventura County
  • Ventura Family YMCA

More grantees are listed here: https://limoneira.com/philanthropy/

Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents

Limoneira Template Limoneira Budget Form

Updates and Notices

2020: They have pushed back their LOI deadline to July 31 to give folks more time. The application deadline for those with approved LOIs will be Sept. 14.  Decision date in November will stay the same.

3/1/2019: Per Claudia Armann, the McCune Foundation will accept applications via email on the following conditions:

* Ensure that all pieces of the application are together in one PDF
* Ensure that the PDF is properly formatted so that it prints out easily and cleanly. You may want to print out a copy yourself from your PDF to make sure that it prints easily for the McCune Foundation

Website

http://mccunefoundation.org/

Description

The Foundation supports grassroots groups with a strong community base that are addressing critical issues in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties through community organizing strategies. We fund projects that mobilize affected populations to create social and economic justice. Projects should be initiated and led by economically and politically disenfranchised groups including low-income, working poor, and marginalized individuals. Empowerment of the economically and politically marginalized and inclusion of such people in an organization’s leadership structure is a requirement for funding.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
McCune FRT Page

Guidelines

Project & General Operating Support grants are offered for projects that grow social capital and enhance a community’s capacity to mobilize residents to solve problems. Requests up to $40,000 will be considered and grants generally will not be made for more than 50 percent of a project budget. (The Foundation does not fund the provision of direct services or purely educational programs.)

Funding Principles:

  • Social Change – The Foundation is interested in creative grassroots projects which address the causes of a problem, rather than treating symptoms.
  • Empowerment – A core value for the Foundation is the empowerment of the excluded populations and inclusion of such people in an organization’s leadership structure.
  • Social Capital & Community Capacity – The Foundation supports grassroots organizations with a strong community base and efforts to grow social capital and enhance a community’s capacity to mobilize and solve problems.

The Foundation also offers training mini-grants to support organizational capacity to mobilize residents to act collectively for systemic change. Grants can be used to access community organizing and social justice-oriented trainings and coaching opportunities.

Full guidelines can be found at their website:
http://mccunefoundation.org/for-grant-seekers/

A template in Word for their report can be found here:
McCune Progress Report

Deadlines

1st Cycle:
LOI postmarked by January 16, 2020
Grant postmarked by February 28, 2020

2nd Cycle:
LOI due TBD (sometime in July)
Full proposal due TBD (most likely sometime in September)

Training mini-grants:
Rolling deadline

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST)
  • Food & Water Watch
  • Just Communities Central Coast
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Peoples’ Self-Help Housing

North County:

  • Central Coast Future Leaders
  • Guadalupe Kids Come First Foundation
  • Leading from Within
  • Transitions-Mental Health Association
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

Make sure to review the Foundation’s eligibility checklist on the website before applying. New applicants: contact Executive Director Claudia Armann to discuss your project prior to submitting a letter of inquiry.

Downloadable Documents

McCune Foundation Roundtable Page  McCune Foundation Progress-Report

Updates and Notices

8/2020:

While MBT is proceeding as they normally would with grants and sponsorships, they included this message on their website: “COVID-19 Requests: We understand that fundraising efforts have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19 and that simultaneously there has been a greater need for services and community assistance during this time. We are receiving an increased amount of applications and would like to assist as many of our nonprofit partners as possible. If you are applying for COVID-19 support, it’s important that you be specific about how your organization has been impacted by the pandemic outside of general operating costs. If you have a designated program or need that you would like us to consider, please include as much detail as possible about how you’ll use the funds and who will benefit.”

Website

https://montecito.bank/community-dividends

Description

Montecito Bank & Trust focuses on programs that primarily serve low- and moderate-income people. They also consider programs that serve the arts, education, and health and social welfare.

Guidelines

If you have applied in the past, they will almost always send a letter to your organization with the announcement that the online application is ready and your login information. If you are new to applying, just contact them and they will get you set up.

Contact information and guidelines can be found at their website:
https://montecito.bank/community-dividends

Here is the Word template for the online application (still applies to 2020 as far as we know):

Montecito-Bank-Trust-2017-template

Deadlines

August 31, 2020

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder

In 2016, Montecito Bank & Trust gave grants to over 200 non-profits through their Community Dividends program! Here is a list of just a few:

  • AHA! (Attitude. Harmony. Achievement.)
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Cornerstone House of Santa Barbara
  • Elings Park Foundation
  • Friends of the Goleta Valley Library
  • Girls Rock Santa Barbara
  • Hillside House
  • LifeChronicles
  • Music Academy of the West
  • New Beginnings Counseling Center
  • Notes for Notes
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • PathPoint
  • Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Corporation
  • Santa Barbara Middle School
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • Transition House
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

Montecito Bank & Trust typically will not fund an organization every year in order to distribute resources among many deserving organizations.

Montecito Bank & Trust employees may also nominate recipients.

Downloadable Documents

Montecito Bank & Trust 2017 template

Updates and Notices

9/2020: The Mosher Foundation will not be accepting applications right now. They posted a statement on their website.

8/2019: The Mosher Foundation recently updated its website and guidelines. They accept applications via email for projects that are healthcare, performing arts, or education related.

Website

http://www.mosherfoundation.org/

Description

The Mosher Foundation is strategically focused on supporting the programs of organizations whose work is focused exclusively within the areas of education, healthcare or performing arts.

Guidelines

The primary focus of the Mosher Foundation is to support accredited educational, health care and performing arts organizations in southern Santa Barbara County.

Note: they are not currently accepting applications.

Deadlines

No deadlines, but they are NOT accepting new grant applications or inquiries at this time.

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy
  • Music Academy of the West
  • Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
  • Alzheimers Association
  • Angels Foster Care
  • CAMA
  • Casa del Herrero Foundation
  • Direct Relief
  • Ensemble Theatre
  • Food from the Heart
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
  • Lotusland
  • Girls, Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara
  • Isla Vista Youth Projects
  • Jodi House
  • KCRW
  • Kids Helping Kids Foundation
  • Leading from Within
  • MOXI
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Opera Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara Choral Society
  • Santa Barbara Education Foundation
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Storyteller
  • Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care
  • Wildlife Care Network
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents
Updates and Notices

1/2020: The Neil Foundation has ceased all operations as of December 31, 2019.

Website
Description

The Neil Foundation has ceased all operations as of December 31, 2019.

The Neil Foundation funded a variety of organizations with an emphasis on the following:

  • Essential services like food, shelter, and medical care
  • Medical research and disease prevention
  • Environmental protection
  • Literacy
  • Reproductive health care
  • Youth and family services
  • Prevention of cruelty to children and animals
Guidelines

A Word version of their report form can be found here:
Neil Report Form

Deadlines

None

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Friendship Center
  • Hospice of Santa Barbara
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Sarah House
  • Storyteller
  • Transition House
  • YMCA Youth and Family Services
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

The Neil Foundation has ceased all operations as of December 31, 2019.

Downloadable Documents

Neil Application Template  Neil Guidelines   Neil Report Form

Updates and Notices
Website

http://www.newhallfoundation.org

Description

From their website:
The mission of the Newhall Foundation is to improve the quality of life within the communities associated with the career and legacy of California pioneer Henry Mayo Newhall. These communities include San Francisco, the Santa Clarita Valley of Los Angeles County and the Santa Maria Valley in central California.

Funding Priorities:

The Foundation accepts proposals on a continuing basis for the following program priorities:

    • Academic and cultural enrichment programs for children and youth (e.g., math and science; fine and visual arts; performing arts; computer literacy; tutoring and mentoring).
    • Agriculture, animal welfare and conservation programs.
    • College scholarship programs.
    • Historical preservation programs.
    • Outreach programs for the disadvantaged (e.g., homeless shelters, food banks, health centers, domestic violence shelters, care for the elderly).
Guidelines

The Newhall Foundation prefers for interested organizations to contact them before sending in a proposal. They don’t have a form but they do give details about what they want to see in a proposal. All details can be found at their website:

http://www.newhallfoundation.org/how-to-apply-for-grants.php

Deadlines

Rolling deadline

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Boxtales Theatre Company
  • Boys and Girls Club Santa Maria Valley
  • Central Coast Rescue Mission
  • CALM
  • Community Counseling Center
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
  • Future Leaders of America
  • Just Communities
  • Land Conservancy
  • Oasis Senior Center
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
  • Santa Maria Humane Society
  • Santa Maria YMCA
  • Transitions Mental Health
  • Women’s Economic Ventures
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents
Updates and Notices

2020: At this point the trustees have no plans to pause funding, or to change guidelines in response to issues connected to the coronavirus. They recommend nonprofit organizations continue to submit applications for their current or continuing projects.

The Outhwaite Foundation has a new address: 15 E. Carrillo, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA  93101

Website

http://www.outhwaitefoundation.org/

Description

The Outhwaite Foundation funds a variety of organizations. Per their guidelines, they focus on the following:

  • Medical Care, Support and Research
  • Assistance to the Disabled, Elderly and Children
  • Support to Abused Women and Children
  • Animal Welfare
  • Wildlife and Natural Resources Preservation
  • Historic Preservation.
  • Support of Museums and Educational Institutions

Priority consideration is given to projects located in Southern Santa Barbara County.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
https://nprnsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Outhwaite-FRT-Page.pdf

A 2018 interview with representatives from the Outhwaite Foundation can be found here.

Guidelines

Guidelines can be found at their website:
http://www.outhwaitefoundation.org/application-for-outhwaite-foundation-grants-in-santa-barbara

The Outhwaite Foundation has an online application. Here is a link to a Word document template with the online questions:
Outhwaite Application Template

Deadlines

July 31, 2020

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Casa Serena
  • Community Environmental Council
  • Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
  • Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
  • Storyteller
  • Transition House
  • Wilderness Youth Project
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents

Outhwaite Foundation Roundtable Page  Outhwaite Application Template

Updates and Notices

1/9/2017: Per Denise Meza, potential applicants should email dmeza@missionlinen.com before applying. The foundation is committed to their current grantees and want to make sure any applicants are qualified before they apply.

Website

http://www.gbpfoundation.org/

NOTE: Their website does not have information about applying because they require you to contact them before submitting an application.

Description

They fund programs that support children and youth. From their website: A non-profit foundation, with a sole purpose of contributing to local charities focused on the development of young children. We are dedicated in helping build a better future for young children. The primary mission of the foundation is to provide better opportunities to underprivileged youth so they can succeed and become valuable members of the community.

Guidelines

The application form must be acquired directly from the foundation.

Deadlines

October 31, 2020

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara
  • Family Services Agency
  • Food Bank of Santa Barbara County
  • Page Youth Center
  • Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
  • Storyteller
  • Transition House
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

If your organization has a short meaningful video (or link to YouTube) or presentation piece, that could be included in your inquiry.

Downloadable Documents
Updates and Notices

9/10/2020:

Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation: Updated 9/10/20

The SB Bowl Foundation has removed their LOI requirement for the fall cycle. The full application is due September 18. Here is a link to the information on their website. This is from their website: “Typically, our full grant cycles include a letter of inquiry.  Due to the nature of continuing changes with COVID-19, the Outreach Committee has redesigned the fall cycle to be more flexible and responsive to the needs of our partners.  This year’s fall cycle will only include a single application. This application will be due Friday, September 18th by midnight. Applications will be reviewed mid-October and notice of decisions will be available in November.”

3/18/2020: Kai said the Bowl will not take emergency requests (as their revenue is down due to show cancelations). The SB Bowl Foundation has removed their LOI and application dates (previously 8/20 and 10/22). Here is a link to the notice and a summary below: “As Bowl leadership actively searches for an optimal course of actions that best serve our organization, our program partners, and our community, all Outreach funding is temporarily paused. Updates will be communicated as soon as they are available.”

Website

This gives a broad overview of their activities: https://sbbowl.com/outreach/education/education_outreach_overview

Application: https://sbbowl.smapply.io/prog/fall_outreach_application/

Description

The Bowl Foundation support arts education programs for young people, with an emphasis on performing arts education. This is from Kai Tepper, the Education Outreach Program Manager:

We want to emphasize our commitment to performing arts education.  Although we act as an advocate for all disciplines of art, when it comes to our funding we are restricted to performing arts education for youth only. In addition, here are some other listed guidelines:

  • Organization and/or program to be funded should be focused on performing arts education for children in grades K – High School. Exceptions in age or programming should be discussed first; please contact Kai Tepper, Program Manager at 805-308-9787.
  • Programs can be focused at schools during school time, at schools after-school, off-site of schools during or after-school.
  • Please download the LOI form and submit to Kai@sbbowl.com. Please contact at 805-308-9787 with questions.
  • The Bowl supports programs within Santa Barbara County.  No exceptions can be made to geographic scope.
Guidelines

The LOI form can be found here (it most likely will be the same for 2020, but check back for updates):
SB Bowl LOI Form

Deadlines

Spring Funding Cycle
Letter of Inquiries due February 27, 2020 (CANCELLED)
Full grant applications due April 23, 2020 (CANCELLED)
Notice of decisions will go out by the end of May and awards will be sent out in June.

Fall Funding Cycle
No Letter of Inquiry is required for this funding cycle.
Full grant applications due September 18, 2020
Notice of decisions will go out by the end of November and awards will be sent out in December.

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder

  • AHA!
  • Boxtales Theatre Compmay
  • Brazilian Cultural Arts Center
  • Dos Pueblos High School Theatre
  • Everybody Dance Now!
  • Flamenco SB
  • Friends of SB Public Library
  • Girls Rock
  • La Colina Junior High School
  • Mariachi Monarcas
  • Michael Katz
  • Notes for Notes
  • Parents for Summerland
  • Santa Barbara Dance Institute
  • Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy
  • SB Vocal Jazz Foundation
  • Spotlight Kids Camp
  • Summerstock Theatre
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents

SB Bowl LOI Form

Updates and Notices

4/6/2020: The Small Capacity application questions have been updated. The new template is below. To better equip agencies to both maintain social distancing and assure the health and safety of their employees, the Santa Barbara Foundation has established the following guidelines for its Small Capacity Building grants in the following two areas.

  • Defined projects that allow the agency to equip its workforce to either work remotely and/or serve its clients remotely either through, phone, online video or other means.
  • Small capital items and equipment that specifically allow your staff to serve clients and fulfill its mission.

3/19/2020: Note deadline extensions to Daniel Fund and Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts below.

2/12/2019:

Santa Barbara Foundation Guidelines Clarification

Guille at the SB Foundation clarified that organizations are eligible to apply ONE TIME in each major grant category: Community Program Areas, Disaster, Child Care, and Give Together. The only exceptions are for the Small Capacity Grant, which you can apply to along with one of the other larger grants under Community Grants. And an organization can apply to both child care grants as in the past.

Website

http://www.sbfoundation.org/

Description

See their website for all the information you need!

Guidelines

Guidelines can be found at their website:
https://www.sbfoundation.org/nonprofits/grant-opportunities/g

*** Organizations are eligible to apply ONE TIME in each major grant category: Community Program Areas, Disaster, Child Care, and Give Together. The only exceptions are for the Small Capacity Grant, which you can apply to along with one of the other larger grants under Community Grants. And an organization can apply to both child care grants as in the pas

Deadlines

Small Capacity Building Grants (formerly Express Grant) 
The first Monday of every month, February through November. Note that the application has been changed this year. To better equip agencies to both maintain social distancing and assure the health and safety of their employees, the Santa Barbara Foundation has established the following guidelines for its Small Capacity Building grants in the following two areas.

  • Defined projects that allow the agency to equip its workforce to either work remotely and/or serve its clients remotely either through, phone, online video or other means.
  • Small capital items and equipment that specifically allow your staff to serve clients and fulfill its mission.

Be aware that it can take as long as two days to have your online account activated. Here is a PDF copy of the application: SBF 2020 Small Capacity Application

SBF grant deadlines for 2020 are as follows:

Behavioral Health
March 9, 2020

Health Care
March 9, 2020

Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts
Funding is halted for the time being. Here is the email they sent on 9/23/2020:

TFPA grantmaking changes due to COVID-19 for Fall 2020 grant cycle
During the past several months, our community has faced unprecedented times presenting both broad needs and unique challenges. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the revenue sources for Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts (TFPA) have been negatively affected. TFPA grants are supported directly by real estate income. With the rental market greatly impacted, we find ourselves with significantly less to give, so we have decided to suspend the Fall TFPA grant cycle. We plan to reevaluate the situation later this winter and will provide an update of any changes for Spring of 2021. We understand that these are incredibly challenging times and wish our community partners and fellow community members only the best. Please take care of each other, be safe, and be well.

For further questions about applying for the Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts Grant Program, please contact Jessica Sanchez, Director of Donor Relations, at (805) 963-1873 or jsanchez@SBFoundation.org.

Daniel Fund Child Care Scholarships
April 20, 2020 (extended due to COVID-19 crisis)

Shelter and Safety
August 14, 2020

Food Grant
August 14, 2020

Senior Program Express Grants
Rolling deadline

Child Care Grant Program
November 2, 2020

Senior Program Grant
November 20, 2020

Blood Research and Education
August 21, 2020

Child Care Grant Program
November 2, 2020

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Animal Shelter Assistance Program of Santa Barbara
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Channel Islands YMCA
  • Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (CAC)
  • Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse
  • Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County
  • Elings Park Foundation
  • Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara
  • Future Leaders of America
  • Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara
  • Hillside House
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara
  • Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization
  • Organic Soup Kitchen
  • PATH Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Inc.
  • Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
  • Santa Barbara County Arts Fund
  • Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation
  • Santa Barbara Education Foundation
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
  • Santa Barbara New House
  • Santa Barbara Police Activities League
  • Santa Maria Public Library Foundation
  • Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • Transition House
  • United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County
  • Wildling Museum
  • Women’s Economic Ventures
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

Santa Barbara Foundation is a responsive grantmaker. We highly recommend researching the appropriate contact and then communicating with their program officers with any questions or ideas you may want to review before submitting an application.

Downloadable Documents

SBF 2020 COVID Relief Fund Application Round 2 SBF Small Capacity Application 2020 Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts 2020 Application (Updated)

Updates and Notices

7/2020: The Committee is currently updating the guidelines due to COVID-19. The due date will be extended, but a new deadline has not yet been determined. We will send out an update to all former grantees, post it on our website and social media, and in our monthly newsletter once it has been released.

Website

http://www.sbac.ca.gov/grants

Description

The Office of Arts and Culture offers these grant opportunities:

Arts Making Impact (formerly Community Arts Enrichment)
The Arts Making Impact grant program (formerly CEA program) is a partnership between the County Arts Commission and the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and is intended to support artists and arts and cultural organizations by funding projects and a variety of activities that enrich the lives of residents in communities throughout Santa Barbara County. Grant Requests Range: $500 to $5,000.

Disaster Relief Grants for Small Arts Groups (New in 2019)
The County of Santa Barbara has established the Santa Barbara County Disaster Relief Grant program to provide relief to Santa Barbara County artists and nonprofits who have sustained economic losses as a result of the Thomas Fire and/or 1/9 Debris Flow. This grant is made possible through funding support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the County of Santa Barbara.

The goal of this grant program is to help artists and small nonprofit organizations (with an annual operating budget less than $500,000) located in areas of Santa Barbara County that were impacted by the Thomas Fire and/or 1/9 Debris Flow with basic and arts-related needs. Eligible impacted areas of Santa Barbara County are Carpinteria, Summerland,  Montecito and Santa Barbara.

Guidelines

Guidelines and links to the online applications can be found here:

City Grants
http://www.sbac.ca.gov/city-grants

Community Arts Enrichment
http://www.sbac.ca.gov/county-grants

Deadlines

Disaster Relief:
No information on website as of March. The website does contain a list of resources for artists and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Organizational Development:
TBA

Community Arts:
TBA

Events and Festivals:
June 1, 2020

Arts Making Impact (formerly Community Arts Enrichment):
Deadline not posted for 2020 as of March

 

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder

OD/CA/EF Grants:

American Dance an Music
Art Without Limits
Arts for Humanity
Arts Mentorship
Center Stage Theater
Boxtales Theatre Company
Children’s Creative Project
Camerata Pacifica
City at Peace
Community Arts Music Association
Ensemble Theater Company
Everybody Dance Now!
Explore Ecology
Flamenco Arts Festival
Friends of the East Side Library
Lobero Theatre Foundation
Santa Barbara Ed Foundation
State St. Ballet
Summerdance Santa Barbara
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
SM Museum of Art
SB Arts Collaborative
SB Historical Foundation
SB Dance Institute

AMI Grants:
Blue Sky Center
Carpinteria Arts Center
Girls Rock Santa Barbara
Lompoc Music Association
Ruben Espinoza Artist
Santa Barbara Dance Institute
Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra
The Arts Fund
TVSB

Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents
Updates and Notices

2/7/17: The website still mentions a partnership with the SB Foundation but we have been told that this partnership has ended for 2017.

1/28/2017: Although their website currently says that they are deciding upon and administering the Santa Barbara Foundation Express Grants program for the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos, this partnership is ending in 2017. Visit their website in February for updates.

Website

http://www.syvalleyfoundation.org/grants

Description

This foundation provides grants, submitted on the common grant application form, that benefit the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation.

From their website:
The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation leverages donations from our community to provide critical resources to support nonprofit organizations serving the people and communities of the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos. Our five Focus Areas are Health & Human Services, Seniors, Children & Youth, Education, and Arts & Culture. The Foundation provides grants to 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations for program support, operating expenses, outreach efforts, critical needs, program accessibility, and innovative programs.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
https://nprnsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Santa-Ynez-Valley-Fdn.-FRT-Page.pdf

Guidelines

Only 501( c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organizations directly serving the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos communities.

See their website for full guidelines:
http://www.syvalleyfoundation.org/grants/

Deadlines

The Foundation seems to have the same deadlines each year. This year’s would be:

January 1, 2020
April 1, 2020
July 1, 2020
October 1, 2020

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Alzheimer’s Association, Calif. Central Coast Chapter
  • Bethania Preschool and After School Care
  • Buellton Senior Center (in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Foundation)
  • Friendship House
  • Santa Barbara Dance Institute (in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Foundation)
  • Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden (in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Foundation)
  • Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum
  • Solvang Elementary School District Education SAM (in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Foundation)
  • Solvang Theaterfest
  • SYV People Helping People
  • SYV Presbyterian Preschool
  • Teachers Network
  • The Los Alamos Foundation
  • United Way of Santa Barbara County, Fun in the Sun
  • Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents

Santa Ynez Valley Fdn. FRT Page

Updates and Notices

2020: They are allowing organizations to submit a one-page update to pending applications (from the March 1 deadline) if COVID-19 has changed their request.

Website

http://www.stfrancisfoundationsb.org/

Description

From their website:
The mission of the St. Francis Foundation of Santa Barbara is to promote and support healthcare in the St. Francis tradition in the Santa Barbara South Coast community, with particular attention to those most in need.Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
https://nprnsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/St.-Francis-FRT-Page.pdf

Guidelines

They don’t have much in the way of guidelines except this:
http://www.stfrancisfoundationsb.org/grants-program/how-to-apply-for-a-grant/

It’s probably a good idea to call them if you haven’t applied before to make sure you are a fit. They use the Common Grant Application and accept proposals via email.

Deadlines

March 1

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • New Beginnings Counseling Center
  • The Cecilia Fund
  • Cottage Health Parish Nursing and Palliative Care Programs
  • Doctors without Walls
  • Family Service Agency
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
  • Friendship Center
  • Jodi House
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Pathpoint
  • People’s Self-Help Housing
  • Sarah House
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • Willbridge
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents

St. Francis Report Form St. Francis FRT Page

Updates and Notices

1/2017: From an email from John Ostler, Trustee: The Thomson Foundation is invitation only and generally does not accept unsolicited applications. The Foundation has different grant tiers depending on the grantee, project and the foundation’s program priorities, so different organizations are invited to apply for different amounts. Generally, the range is between $5-$25k. Moreover, while the Foundation has a spring and fall grant cycle, the deadlines for those cycles vary depending on a number of different factors so I cannot provide you with firm deadline dates for either cycle in 2017. Generally they are in April and October.

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Description

The Thomson Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. You must contact the Foundation for permission to submit an application.

From their guidelines:
The Walter J. & Holly O. Thomson Foundation seeks to make life better for residents of Santa Barbara County and downtown area of Los Angeles, California by focusing on six broad areas: animal-related issues, arts and culture, education, the environment, health care, and human services.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
https://nprnsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Thomson-FRT-Page.pdf

Guidelines

The Foundation has moved to an online application. The Word template for the online questions are here:
Thomson Online App Template

The 2016 guidelines can be found here; they are still applicable since they don’t change them often:
https://nprnsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Thomson-2016-guidelines.doc

Deadlines

You must contact the foundation for permission to submit an application. You will be informed of the deadline at that time. (They typically have two funding cycles, one with a deadline in April and the other in October.)

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara
  • Community Arts Music Association
  • Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
  • Lobero Theatre
  • Music Academy of the West
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
  • Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
  • Transition House
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents

Thomson FRT Page Thomson 2016 guidelines Thomson Online App Template

Updates and Notices

This is the email sent by the Towbes Foundation on 8/3/20:

Since 1980 The Towbes Foundation has sought to strengthen the communities of Santa Barbara County by partnering with local nonprofits and funders through grant making. Since its founding we have supported over 400 organizations with over 20 million dollars. During the past 6 months, our community has faced unprecedented times presenting both broad needs and unique challenges. The Towbes Foundation has responded by providing over $700,000 to over 60 organizations since March, prioritizing organizations responding to the COVID pandemic, including $100,000 to the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County.  We strongly encourage those organizations who need immediate financial support to apply to the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for consideration through this fund.   

We now find ourselves in a challenging position. The Towbes Foundation, like so many other funders, has been negatively affected by the COVID pandemic. Unlike other foundations, however, we are not endowed. Instead, our grants are supported directly by real estate income. With the rental market greatly impacted, we find ourselves with significantly less to give. While we remain dedicated to the communities of Santa Barbara County, our board has committed to concentrating our finite resources on the COVID response.  

After careful consideration, our board has developed a strategic response to the crisis; focusing on the areas deeply impacted by the fallout from the pandemic – specifically, food and shelter – and the areas we know the best – mental health and education. Our plan is to suspend our fall grant cycle so that we can identify the efforts that are addressing the immediate needs in these areas as they directly relate to COVID. Any funding we do during this period will be with preexisting partners.  

In order to do this, we ask for your help and collaboration. If your organization does not fall into the categories of food, shelter, mental health or education, or you do not have a pre-existing relationship with the Towbes Foundation, we request that you graciously step aside for this fiscal year so that we can focus on these priority areas. Furthermore, we ask if your organization falls into one of these targeted areas, but is not providing a direct response to COVID, please excuse yourself from seeking funding for this fiscal year. We understand that these distinctions may be less clear for some organizations. If you are unsure, please reach out to our executive director, Kristen Sullivan via email at ksullivan@towbesfoundation.org. 

If your organization is a pre-existing partner and responding directly to COVID in the areas of food, shelter, mental health or education, and has not already received funding in calendar year 2020, please email Kristen a brief update (no more than one page) by October 15th, 2020, describing your work for the past 6 months along with your plans for the next 12 months in response to COVID. 

If your organization is a pre-existing partner and responding directly to COVID in the areas of food, shelter, mental health or education, and you already received funding in calendar year 2020, please send Kristen a brief update by January 31, 2021, describing your work for the past 12 months along with your plans for the next 6 months in response to COVID. 

To be completely transparent, we understand that the current situation is completely fluid, with ever-changing community needs and lack of clarity in our ability to meet these needs. As a result, our process in terms of decision-making, funding, and timing is also in flux. We anticipate a reduction in awards with limited grants awarded in the fall and additional grants awarded in the spring. We appreciate your ongoing partnership and understanding as this process develops. 

We plan to reevaluate both our strategic response to this crisis and our financial realities this winter. At that time, we will provide an update of any changes. We understand that these are incredibly challenging times and wish our community partners and fellow community members only the best. Please take care of each other, be safe, and be well. 

1/2019: Towbes has updated their address and phone number to:

PO Box 20130, Santa Barbara, CA  93120-0130

805-690-4602

July 2019: The Towbes Foundation now has an online application! Take a look at the guidelines and template for the online form posted here.

4/6/18: Here is a bit more information about what kinds of arts application the Towbes Foundation will accept vs. the Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts. This is from an email from Kristen Sullivan:

As a general rule of thumb, if it is mostly educational, it would go to The Towbes Foundation, and if it’s mostly performance, it would go to TFPA. We’re working closely with SBF to ensure that the applicants get to the right foundation for consideration. If an organization has a question, they can definitely contact us to see which one to apply to. Otherwise, if an organization happens to apply to one that is a better fit for the other, we will work that out between the foundations internally. Typically, the foundations that have been receiving funds from TFPA should continue to apply to TFPA.

3/5/2018: Here is an email from Kristen Sullivan, Towbes Executive Director:

We will be keeping the same deadlines and doing electronic email submissions for this upcoming grant cycle. Completed applications should be sent to grants@towbesfoundation.org  and grant related questions should be directed to me at ksullivan@towbesfoundation.org. A new change is we are now asking organizations with a performing arts mission to apply directly to the Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts at the Santa Barbara Foundation. The Towbes Foundation will no longer be processing performing arts applications. Performing arts organizations should contact Jessica Sanchez (jsanchez@sbfoundation.org), Donor Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Foundation, for information regarding the grant application process or to submit an application.

1/2018: Per a conversation with the new executive director of the Towbes Foundation, Kristen Sullivan, they are in the process of restructuring their guidelines. The new guidelines will be out in early 2018.

2016: The Foundation added a new requirement in 2016. They want to know the percentage of the board of directors that gives to the organization. They are stricter about the format that the list of major donors takes. They want them listed by year and with the amount that each person gave. Make sure that your IRS tax letter is not an “advance ruling” letter but the final determination letter. Visit the IRS website to request a copy if necessary: https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/eo-operational-requirements-obtaining-copies-of-exemption-determination-letter-from-irs

Website

 

Description

The Towbes Foundation funds a wide variety of organizations. Per their guidelines, the Foundation’s areas of primary interest are:
A. Education
B. Social Services
C. Promotion and preservation of the free enterprise system
D. Visual arts and arts education (through the Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts at the Santa Barbara Foundation)

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:

https://nprnsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Towbes-FRT-Page.pdf

Guidelines

2020 Guidelines can be found here:

Towbes 2020 Guidelines

The 2020 Application Template can be found here:

Towbes 2020 Application Template

Deadlines

The deadlines are April 30, August 31, and December 31. See 2020 Notice for updated deadlines and info.

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Casa Serena
  • Cornerstone House
  • Elings Park
  • Friendship Adult Daycare Center
  • Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center
  • Hospice of Santa Barbara
  • Jodi House
  • Legal Aid Foundation
  • Lotusland
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Transition House
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

 

Downloadable Documents

Towbes 8.2020 Notice Towbes FRT Page Towbes 2020 guidelines Towbes 2020 Online Template

Updates and Notices

8/27/2020: New foundation contact is Angela Schmidt at info@tuohyfoundation.org

1/9/2019: This is an email communication from Jeanne at the Tuohy Foundation regarding their guidelines:

We accept applications each year BETWEEN July 1 and September 15. Most people have come to believe that means the application is due on September 15th but that isn’t really the case. As of today there are no changes to the guidelines as previously published (except as noted below) but it is a year in which we plan to review and perhaps revise them. We will no longer accept the Foundation Roundtable Common Application, but that is the only definite change so far. However, certainly we would work with any one who follows the “old” guidelines in good faith. 

 

7/2017: Harris Seed passed away, so applications can be addressed to John Mackall, President.

8/2016: Per a conversation with Jean at the Foundation, the Touhy Foundation doesn’t consider funding computers because they just have to be replaced again in a few years. Rebranding/logo development also does not fit their guidelines.

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Description

The Tuohy Foundation funds organizations that serve young people; educational institutions (not K-12); selected health care and medical organizations; community projects.

Special interests include:
Arts, Culture, & Humanities (Tweed Museum only)
Youth & Education
Health & Human Services

They only give to programs that serve southern Santa Barbara County. They tend to fund mostly capital/building projects, equipment purchases, and scholarships.The Foundation suggests that you give them a call to request their guidelines, then call them with any questions after you thoroughly read them. Because the application process is rigorous, it’s good practice to call them to make sure your project is a good fit with their priorities before you put in a lot of time into this application.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
Tuohy FRT Page

Guidelines

The Tuohy Foundation guidelines can be confusing, so we have several downloadable documents to help make sure you meet all their requirements.

NOTE: As of 2019, they are no longer accepting the Common Grant Application.

Guidelines:
Tuohy guidelines

Required attachments checklist:
Tuohy attachment checklist

Executive director letter template that fulfills a number of requirements:
Tuohy-ED-letter-template

Tax exemption status letter template:
Tuohy tax status letter template

Deadlines

July 1 – September 15, 2020 (the Foundation encourages applicants to apply well before Sept. 15th)

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Alzheimers Association
  • CALM
  • Casa Serena
  • Family Services Agency
  • Food Bank of Santa Barbara County
  • Foundation for Santa Barbara City College
  • Girls Inc. of Santa Barbara
  • Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
  • Pathpoint
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
  • Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • St. Vincent’s
  • Storyteller
  • Transition House
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

Grants are announced in January but checks are not sent until the following June.

They are no long accepting the Common Grant Application.

Downloadable Documents

Tuohy FRT Page Tuohy guidelines Tuohy attachment checklist Tuohy ED letter template Tuohy tax status letter template

Updates and Notices

8/27/2020: New foundation contact is Angela Schmidt at info@tuohyfoundation.org

1/9/2019: This is an email communication from Jeanne at the Tuohy Foundation regarding their guidelines:

We accept applications each year BETWEEN July 1 and September 15. Most people have come to believe that means the application is due on September 15th but that isn’t really the case. As of today there are no changes to the guidelines as previously published (except as noted below) but it is a year in which we plan to review and perhaps revise them. We will no longer accept the Foundation Roundtable Common Application, but that is the only definite change so far. However, certainly we would work with any one who follows the “old” guidelines in good faith. 

 

7/2017: Harris Seed passed away, so applications can be addressed to John Mackall, President.

8/2016: Per a conversation with Jean at the Foundation, the Touhy Foundation doesn’t consider funding computers because they just have to be replaced again in a few years. Rebranding/logo development also does not fit their guidelines.

Website
Description

The Tuohy Foundation funds organizations that serve young people; educational institutions (not K-12); selected health care and medical organizations; community projects.

Special interests include:
Arts, Culture, & Humanities (Tweed Museum only)
Youth & Education
Health & Human Services

They only give to programs that serve southern Santa Barbara County. They tend to fund mostly capital/building projects, equipment purchases, and scholarships.The Foundation suggests that you give them a call to request their guidelines, then call them with any questions after you thoroughly read them. Because the application process is rigorous, it’s good practice to call them to make sure your project is a good fit with their priorities before you put in a lot of time into this application.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
Tuohy FRT Page

Guidelines

The Tuohy Foundation guidelines can be confusing, so we have several downloadable documents to help make sure you meet all their requirements.

NOTE: As of 2019, they are no longer accepting the Common Grant Application.

Guidelines:
Tuohy guidelines

Required attachments checklist:
Tuohy attachment checklist

Executive director letter template that fulfills a number of requirements:
Tuohy-ED-letter-template

Tax exemption status letter template:
Tuohy tax status letter template

Deadlines

July 1 – September 15, 2020 (the Foundation encourages applicants to apply well before Sept. 15th)

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Alzheimers Association
  • CALM
  • Casa Serena
  • Family Services Agency
  • Food Bank of Santa Barbara County
  • Foundation for Santa Barbara City College
  • Girls Inc. of Santa Barbara
  • Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
  • Pathpoint
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
  • Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • St. Vincent’s
  • Storyteller
  • Transition House
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

Grants are announced in January but checks are not sent until the following June.

They are no long accepting the Common Grant Application.

Downloadable Documents

Tuohy FRT Page Tuohy guidelines Tuohy attachment checklist Tuohy ED letter template Tuohy tax status letter template

Updates and Notices

8/2020: Union Bank Foundation seems to be responding to the crisis. This is from their website: The MUFG Union Bank Foundation is committed to providing more flexible funding to help grantee partners who continue to serve our communities in this unprecedented time of need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note the “operating grant” option within the application.

1/2018: It’s definitely still a good idea to contact Randy before applying.

1/2017: The Union Bank Foundation is overloaded with requests right now, with 200 already pending in the system. Reach out to Randy Weiss before applying to confirm that your project is a fit:
Randy Weiss
Corporate Social Responsibility Officer
California Central Coast
Thomas.Weiss@unionbank.com
805.899.8448

Website

https://www.unionbank.com/global/about/corporate-social-responsibility/foundation/foundation-grants.jsp#products-tab-item-2

Description

From their website:
Throughout its history, the MUFG Union Bank Foundation has supported the bank’s commitment to help meet the needs of the communities it serves.

Our Vision
We strive to build a charitable contributions program that positions the MUFG Union Bank Foundation as an innovator of partnerships and a grant-maker intent on helping to create and sustain healthy communities.

Our Mission
We proactively invest in the communities in which we operate, targeting resources to benefit low- to moderate-income populations.

Guidelines

The Foundation provides grants and event sponsorships. Corporate sponsorship applications are also available on the website.

Categories of interest include:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Community Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human Services

Guidelines for both foundation grants and sponsorship can be found here (just choose the tab you want to read about):
https://www.unionbank.com/global/about/corporate-social-responsibility/foundation/foundation-grants.jsp#products-tab-item-2

 

Deadlines

In 2019, the application closed October 31st. They recommend apply earlier in the year if possible.

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
  • Child Abuse Listening Mediation Inc
  • Devereux Foundation
  • Environmental Defense Center
  • Family Services Agency Of Santa Barbara
  • Academy Of Healing Arts For Teens (Aha!) Inc
  • Women’s Economic Ventures Of Santa Barbara
  • Transition House
  • Domestic Violence Solutions For Santa Barbara County
  • Foodbank Of Santa Barbara County
  • Santa Barbara Public Library
  • Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Foundation
  • Girls For Greater Santa Barbara
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

Please note that applications for event sponsorships should be submitted at least 90 days in advance of the event date.

Downloadable Documents
Updates and Notices

3/21/2020: Says they probably won’t be funding new organizations during this funding cycle, but we can apply if we want.

1/2017: In award letters the Foundation requests the current year’s 990 and financials be forwarded to the foundation as soon as they are available. Per Claudette Sabiron, it is fine to send these documents in with your next application in April. If you don’t apply again, make sure you send in the documents as soon as they are available.

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Description

The Volentine Foundation funds organizations that offer education/scholarships, serve youth, provide substance abuse services, and serve the community through helping families and individuals.

Guidelines

The Foundation funds organizations serving Santa Barbara, CA; McCook, NE; and Loveland, CO.

Foundation guidelines can be found here (the 2015 guidelines still apply):
Volentine 2015 guidelines

The Foundation has two application forms. One is for general operating requests and one is for one-time project or capital requests. Here are links to the forms in Word:

General operating request application:
Volentine App for General Operating

One-time project or capital request application:
Volentine App for One-Time Projects or Capital

Deadlines

April 20, 2020 (this is the deadline the foundation prefers but they will accept applications until May 1. Their board meeting is on May 14)

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Casa Serena
  • Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
  • Domestic Violence Solutions
  • Family Services Agency
  • New House Santa Barbara
  • Page Youth Center
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
  • Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Transition House
  • Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents

Volentine  Guidelines Volentine Application for General Operating Volentine App for One-Time Projects or Capital

Updates and Notices

 

4/1/2019: Weingart has ended its grant program in SB to focus more deeply on needs in LA and closer communities.

1/1/2019: The Weingart Foundation has frozen their giving in Santa Barbara. They will make an announcement in April about their guidelines, so stand by.

7/2018: The Weingart Foundation announced their new program plan. A summary of it can be found here: https://weingartfnd.org/FY2019–FY2020-Program-Strategies

7/2017: The Weingart Foundation has updated its guidelines again. Make sure to read through their website before pursuing any opportunities. Their focus remains pretty much the same–they are evaluating potential grantees through what they call an “equity lens.” One big change is that they have folded their Expanding Opportunity Fund (their small grant program) into their Unrestricted Operating Support (UOS) program. From their website: “Smaller, one-year grants of $25,000 or less will now be made out of our UOS program through a streamlined application process beginning with a UOS letter of inquiry for organizations with operating budgets under $1 million.” All LOIs must be submitted through their online portal. The LOI is different (http://www.weingartfnd.org/files/UOS-LOI.pdf) and we encourage you to use our Word template, then paste it into the online document once finalized. This is from Emilie Neumann: “The new on-line system is also now up and running, so that the LOI is done on-line, and then, for orgs that are invited to apply, the LOI automatically populates the same questions in the full application so that organizations will not have to answer them twice.” Very nice!

4/25/17: Per an email from Emilie Neuman, the foundation is looking at all their grant programs right now:

“With our grant programs currently paused, we are actually taking a fresh look at [our] policies, as well as refining our grantmaking to better reflect our commitment to the most underserved communities. We plan to announce our new guidelines in July, with an effort to be as transparent as possible about what we are looking for, as well as details on the technical aside (e.g. One year waits, audits, our various grant programs, etc.).”

3/23/17: Per an email from the Foundation, the Weingart Foundation is temporarily freezing it’s Unrestricted Operating Support grant program. They will not be accepting new LOIs or full proposals until July. They are also modifying their Program Plan Assumptions for the coming fiscal year. You can read the full letter from Belen Vargas, Vice President of Programs, here: http://www.weingartfnd.org/enewsletter#uos

1/1/17: For Fiscal Year 2017 the Weingart Foundation has updated their guidelines to align with their full commitment to equity—a long-term commitment to base all of their decisions on achieving the goal to advance fairness, inclusion, and opportunity for all Southern Californians—especially those communities hit hardest by persistent poverty. Even if you have received funding in the past, make sure to read the new guidelines to confirm that your program is a fit before applying.

Website

http://www.weingartfnd.org/home

Description

The Weingart Foundation believes in inclusion and opportunity for all Southern Californians, and especially for people and communities at greatest disadvantage. Therefore, all of their grantmaking is based on their commitment to advance social and economic equity. For the Weingart Foundation, equity means expanding opportunity by correcting the imbalances they see across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic lines in our education, health, human services, economic, and criminal justice systems.

The Foundation provides grants and other support designed to improve the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations working to provide greater access, resources, and opportunities in low-income communities in the areas of health, education and human services. They support organizations focused on communities facing the greatest barriers, particularly those due to income level, race, gender, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or zip code.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
Weingart FRT Page

Guidelines

Funding is provided in the form of Unrestricted Operating Support (which now includes grants of $25,000 and less), Capital, Program Related Investments, and the Special Opportunity Fund. Review the detailed grant guidelines on the Weingart website:
http://www.weingartfnd.org/grant-guidelines

The Foundation accepts Unrestricted Operating Support (UOS) grant requests throughout the year with no deadlines. Applying for a UOS grant of any size involves a two-step process beginning with a letter of inquiry (LOI).

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • CAUSE
  • Conflict Solutions Center of Santa Barbara County
  • Fund For Santa Barbara Inc
  • Future Leaders of America
  • Mental Health Association in Santa Barbara County
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
  • Santa Barbara New House
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • Transition House
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents

Weingart 2017 LOI template Weingart FRT Page Weingart 2017 Program Plan

Updates and Notices

1/9/2017:
Per Jean Pettitt, the Wharton Foundation will be moving to Arizona and will no longer be funding new projects in Santa Barbara.

Website
Description
Guidelines
Deadlines
Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines
Downloadable Documents
Updates and Notices

10/2016: Northern Trust, which administers the Williams-Corbett Foundation, is now at this address (since September 2016):

Anita Balboa, CTFA
Trust Advisor & Vice President | Wealth Management
Office: 1485 East Valley Road, Suite 7, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 USA
Mailing:

Williams-Corbett Foundation
c/o The Northern Trust Company
ATTN: Anita Balboa
P.O. Box 50340
Santa Barbara, CA 93150-0340

9/2016: Per email from Anita Balboa, Foundation Administrator, they will accept applications via email as long as all documents are combined into one PDF and the letter is on applicant letterhead.

Website
Description

The Williams-Corbett Foundation funds a wide variety of organizations, but they like to fund non-recurring expenses. This is from their guidelines:

The mission of the Williams-Corbett Foundation is to provide grants to non-profit organizations for capital projects, start-up programs, and non-recurring expenses with a focus on youth, elderly, health, education, and other special human needs of the Santa Barbara community and surrounding areas.

Guidelines

The guidelines can be found here. They most likely will still apply in 2020:

Williams-Corbett 2019 guidelines

Deadlines

March 15, 2020
September 15, 2020

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • Adventures in Caring
  • Boxtales Theatre Company
  • Domestic Violence Solutions
  • Jodi House
  • Lobero Theatre
  • New House Santa Barbara
  • Transition House
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • Unity House
  • Westmont College
  • Wilderness Youth Project
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

They tend to fund organizations for a couple of years, and then they take a year off with the intention of sharing resources among more organizations.

Downloadable Documents

Williams-Corbett 2019 Guidelines

Updates and Notices

6/2020: The WCF has not been immune to the economic downturn (COVID-19 recession) and funding will be impacted. The devastating crash of the oil industry (the WCF’s primary source of income) this year has also drastically reduced the amount of funds available for the WCF’s 2020-2021 grant program, more than previous years. Any COVID-19 specific grants awarded by the WCF will likely focus on health and public safety (emergency services and healthcare response. Social services and support areas may increase in importance once the immediate health threat subsides.

1/6/2020: The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation is not accepting grant requests from new applicants during its 2020-2021 cycle. A new applicant is defined as an organization that has not applied before or has not received funding from Wood-Claeyssens in the past two years.

4/6/2019: The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation posted on their website that they are not accepting any grant requests from new organizations during its 2019-2020 grant cycle, and for the foreseeable future.

6/2017: Per their online application:

The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation will again be reducing the amount of grant funds awarded to applicants for the 2017-2018 grant cycle. The Foundation relies on income from an oil and gas property to provide funds to support its grant program; as the price of oil has declined significantly in the last 3+ years, the amount of funds available for grants has been adversely impacted. We urge non-profits in their budgeting process to not rely on grants from the WCF to be similar to prior years. Organizations will likely see an additional cut in funds awarded by the WCF this grant cycle.

IMPORTANT: The WCF is not accepting any requests for capital campaigns during the 2017-2018 grant cycle.

1/2017: From an email from the Foundation: “There are not any changes made to our guidelines at the moment, though we are much more restricted in the number of new applicants we are accepting. For the most part, we are not accepting any new grant applications.”

4/2016: The Foundation said the following in response to a request to submit an LOI from a new applicant: “The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation is not accepting any grant requests/LOIs from new organizations during the 2016-2017 grant cycle due to limited funds. As your organization has not received in the last 2+ years, it is deemed a new applicant and is ineligible to apply.”

6/2015: This note appeared on their website: The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation will be reducing the amount of grant funds awarded to applicants for the 2015-2016 grant cycle. The Foundation relies on income from an oil and gas property to provide funds to support its grant program; as the price of oil has declined significantly in the last year, the amount of funds available for grants has been adversely impacted. We urge non-profits in their budgeting process to not rely on grants from the WCF to be similar to prior years.

Website

http://www.woodclaeyssensfoundation.org/

Description

The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation funds a very wide variety of organizations.

From their website:
Through its grant-making to various nonprofit organizations, the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation enables those in need to acquire the basic necessities of life – food, clothing, shelter, social services, public safety, and self-actualization – and to enhance their quality of living. The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation believes in anonymous giving and strategic philanthropy, maximizing its impact in the community through its careful selection of qualified grantees. The Foundation hopes to serve as a pillar of support for the nonprofit sector, assisting nonprofits in fulfilling their missions by offering funding to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations.

Their page from the Foundation Roundtable Directory can be found here:
https://nprnsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Wood-Claeyssens-FRT-Page.pdf

Guidelines

See http://www.woodclaeyssensfoundation.org/grants/areas-of-funding
You must contact the foundation EACH YEAR to receive the access code for starting an online application.A Word document of their 2017 online application can be found below. As far as we know this still applies in 2020.
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Deadlines

Full Proposal
June 30, 2020

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • AIDS Housing Santa Barbara
  • Alan Hancock College
  • Alliance for the Arts
  • American Heart Association
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Braille Institute
  • CARE 4 Paws
  • Cancer Center
  • DRI
  • Family Services Agency
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • Transition House
  • Wildling Art Museum
  • Wilderness Youth Project
Other Information Not Found in Guidelines

1/2017: The Foundation grant sizes have been going down significantly for most grantees since December of 2015.

Downloadable Documents

Wood Claeyssens FRT Page Wood Claeyssens 2017 working blank