Funder Database

Funder Database 2022

We have made some changes to the Grant Center for 2022. The Funder Database no longer has grant deadlines within the funder profiles. Deadlines can now ONLY be found on the grants tracker. Downloadable templates can now be found in Google Drive funder folders; links to folders can be found on the tracker and in each funder profile on the database. (Note that not all funders will have downloadable information available.)

The database below includes funder guidelines, up-to-date funder news, links to helpful documents like application templates, and examples of organizations supported by each funder. Deadline info can be found in the grant tracker.

Funder info was updated in January 2022.

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 LOI)
  • 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 a link to a Google Drive folder with the 2017 Common Grant Application below (still accepted as it rarely changes). The document does not include the financials in the Word document; those are provided in Excel in the folder as well. 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 in the folder 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.

Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices
None in 2022 thus far.
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.

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
  • Visiting Nurses & Hospice Care
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

2/2022: Teresa Sat is now the Senior Grant Programs Manager. Her contact info is tsat@sychumashfoundation.org

Website

https://www.santaynezchumash.org/foundation

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.

Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
  • New House Santa Barbara
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
Templates, Guidelines, and Other lnfo
Updates and Notices

None in 2022 thus far.

Website
N/A
Description

The Foundation funds in the following priority areas:
Critical needs (food, shelter, etc.)
Substance abuse
Health services
LGBT
Environment

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
 
Updates and Notices

1/2022: The foundation is once again requiring organizations to submit an LOI by 4/30. Full application is invite only.

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
 
Updates and Notices

No updates in 2022 yet. Keep checking back.

Website

https://www.fundforsantabarbara.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.

Other 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
Guidelines, Templates, and Other Info

The Fund for Santa Barbara Google Drive Folder

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

N/A

Description

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices
N/A
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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info

Bull Foundation Google Drive Folder

Updates and Notices
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!
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).

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

1/2022: See website or grant tracker for info on 2022 fall and spring grant cycles. 

Website

http://huttonfoundation.org/

Description

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

2/2022: Per Sarah Savage at the Foundation, for requests under $10,000, please submit a 1-page letter of request. For requests $10,000+, please submit the common grant application. See grant tracker for fall and spring deadlines.

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices
1/2022: We recommend calling the foundation to see if they would like to receive a proposal from your organization.

Michael Cooney, Trustee: (805) 969-1182

Website

N/A

Description

LaCentra-Sumerlin Foundation funds quality programs that educate and enhance the lives and well-being of children and the underprivileged. They prefer to fund programs in Carpinteria. 

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

1/2022: Union Bank will be switching to an online application in 2022. Please see website link below. The application will be available 60 days before the two deadlines, and organizations will need to put in a code to access the application. Please contact Stephanie Eubanks (Stephanie.Eubanks@unionbank.com) to request the code. Application deadlines will still be 4/1 and 10/1.

Website

https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=unionbank

Description

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) 884-8638

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

1/2022: Limoneira still requires their application to be uploaded online. 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-process

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.

They make 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 event funding should apply through a separate application available at the Limoneira Company website at www.limoneira.com.

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/

Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

1/2022: Only accepting LOIs via email now. Check website for full instructions.

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

None yet for 2022. Community Dividends grant has not been opened yet for 2022- keep checking back on website.

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info

Montecito Bank & Trust Google Drive Folder

Updates and Notices

1/2022: Mosher Foundation is currently invite only. An organization that they have not funded in the past may submit a one-page letter introducing the group. Letters should be sent to:

info@mosherfdn.com 

or

Mosher Foundation

PO Box 1079

Santa Barbara, CA 93102 

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 in South Santa Barbara County.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

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

Website
N/A
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
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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info

Neil Foundation Google Drive Folder

Updates and Notices
None for 2022 yet.
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).
Note that organizations must have a physical office in Santa Maria to be eligible.
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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

1/2022: Tori Moray is no longer the contact for Outhwaite Foundation. Please direct communications to Brittany at brittany@outhwaitefoundation.org.

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

1/9/2017: Per Denise Williams, potential applicants should email dwilliams@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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info

George Ben Page Google Drive Folder

Updates and Notices

None yet for 2022. Keep checking website.

Website

https://sbbowl.com/outreach/education/education_outreach_overview

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.
  • The Bowl supports programs within Santa Barbara County.  No exceptions can be made to geographic scope.
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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

1/2022: This year SBF will be launching their larger cycles in a different format. Behavioral Health and Healthcare will be combined in one cycle. They will be offering multi-year grants (for two years) this year for Behavioral Health/Health Care, Food, and Shelter & Safety. They will be launching an RFQ (similar to an LOI) for all 3 cycles on March 1, 2022 with the deadline for submittal on March 30, 2022. The full proposal is due May 11 if invited. 

Website

http://www.sbfoundation.org/

Description

See their website for all the information you need!

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info

Santa Barbara Foundation Google Drive Folder

Updates and Notices
1/2022: From Hannah- SBOAC will have all four grants this year but timing is still unknown. Deadlines will likely be in the fall. Keep. checking website for the most updated info.
Website

http://www.sbac.ca.gov

Description

The Office of Arts and Culture has offered these grant opportunities in the past. Please note that all grant cycles are currently closed and TBD for 2021.

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. This grant was cancelled in 2020.

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. *SBOAC offered a COVID-19 relief grant in 2020, but it is not clear whether it will be offered in 2021.

Community Arts Grant Program: The City of Santa Barbara’s Community Arts Re-Granting Program (CA) funds grant requests that provide small-scale projects and programs for under-served communities, children and youth. Often, projects supported by Community Arts grants occur one time only and are not offered on an ongoing basis. The maximum amount of a Community Arts Grant is $6,000.

Organizational Development Grant Program: The City of Santa Barbara’s Organizational Development Re-Granting Program (OD) grants public funding to local arts organizations for arts programs.  The applicants to this program are representative of a diverse cross-section of arts organizations, including multicultural and neighborhood arts programs. Organizational Development grants will support operational, marketing and promotional expenses, or emergency contingency planning for organizations. The maximum award for the OD grant is $18,000

Community Event and Festivals Grant Program: The City of Santa Barbara Community Events & Festivals Re-Granting Program (EF) grants funds to local organizations for promotional development.  The applicants to this program demonstrate the ability to provide events and festivals which contribute to the cultural vitality and promotion of the City of Santa Barbara. The maximum award for the EF grant is $20,000.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

None in 2022 yet.

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

No update for 2022. Keep checking back.

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
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. Generally they are in April and October.

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Description

The Thomson Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. You must contact the John Ostler (john.w.ostler@ustrust.com) 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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

1/2022: The Towbes Foundation has launched a new website which outlines in detail their updated deadlines, guidelines, and eligibility requirements. Please contact Kristen at ksullivan@towbesfoundation.org if you have further questions after consulting the website.

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

PO Box 20130, Santa Barbara, CA  93120-0130

805-690-4602

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.

Description

Please see The Towbes Foundation website for more context.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

No update for 2022 yet. Keep checking back.

1/2021: The Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation has moved away from paper to an online grant process. Their website contains the grant application instructions, which is now by invitation only. They are only doing capital grants now with no exceptions.

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

Website

https://tuohyfoundation.org/

Description

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

Their four funding priorities include:
Youth Education/Fitness, Health (typically hospital or clinics), Community Projects, and Art

They only give to programs that south Santa Barbara County. From their guidelines: “Only capital projects will be funded, please do not apply for anything other than a capital request. Salaries, endowment contributions, scholarships or program/operation costs will not be funded.”

Their grant applications are invite only.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

3/2022: Randy Weiss retired from Union Bank, and Susan Cavalli is now the main contact. Her email is Susan.Cavalli@unionbank.com

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.

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
*Note, Union Bank is now offering at Community Recovery Program grant, with a rolling deadline. From their website: “We were recently honored to announce the MUFG Union Bank Community Recovery Program (CRP), a $10 million initiative aimed at advancing social and economic justice in communities of color. This program focuses on building economic stability, including supporting access to capital, entrepreneurship, job retention, retraining, and providing critical social safety net services. CRP investments will be directed as follows: Small Business Recovery Efforts, Rebuilding the Workforce. Building Financial Security.” Contact Randy for more information.
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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info

Union Bank Google Drive Folder

Updates and Notices

No update for 2022 yet. Keep checking back. New applicants should reach out to Claudette (claudette@volentine.org) before applying.

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
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.

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info
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.

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Examples of Santa Barbara Organizations Funded by this Funder
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Guidelines, Templates, and Other Info
Updates and Notices

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

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.

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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.

Examples of Santa Barbara County 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
Guidelines, Templates, and Other Info

Williams-Corbett Foundation Google Drive Folder

Updates and Notices

1/2022: The WCF is not accepting new applicants for the foreseeable future. They define new organizations as organizations that may have applied for a grant, but have been denied in the last 1-2+ years or organizations that have never applied for a grant from the WCF.

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.

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.

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
Templates, Guidelines, and Other Info

Wood-Claeyssens Foundation Google Drive Folder