Funder Name

Fund for Santa Barbara

Funder Mission

The FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA is a 501c3 nonprofit community foundation dedicated to addressing the root causes of social, economic, environmental and political challenges in Santa Barbara County. The FUND raises money through donations of all sizes in order to provide grants and technical assistance to local grassroots efforts. The FUND supports community-based projects working for "Change, Not Charity" through a variety of strategies including community organizing, direct action, popular education, legislative advocacy and the arts. For more than thirty years, the FUND has been at the forefront of responsive and progressive philanthropy in our community, distributing over $5 million to more than 900 grassroots projects working for social justice, fair and affordable housing, accessible education, economic renewal, and a clean and healthy environment for all.

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Types of Support

General support; project support; operating expenses; emerging need grants; seed or startup funds; technical assistance, donor advised grants

General Priorities

THE FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA is a nonprofit community foundation that supports organizations working for progressive social, economic, environmental & political change in Santa Barbara County. This includes grassroots organizing against discrimination of all kinds, supporting the rights & dignity of working people, promoting community self-determination, organizing for peace and nonviolence, working to improve the quality of our environment, and building cross-issue/cross-constituency coalitions and alliances. The FUND supports community-led solutions to the root causes of problems (“Change, Not Charity”) using a variety of strategies including community organizing, popular education, direct action, lobbying, advocacy and the arts.

Initial Contact

Phone; email; letter of inquiry

Additional Information Available

<strong>Santa Barbara</strong>Elena Richardson
Grants Program Manager
Phone: (805) 962-9164
Fax: (805) 965-0217
Email: <a href=""></a>

Gary Clark
Technical Assistance Program Manager
Phone: (805) 962-9164
Fax: (805) 965-0217
Email: <a href=""></a>
<strong>Santa Maria</strong>
Cristina Gonzalez
Regional Program Manager
120 East Jones St., Suite #120
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 922-1707
Email: <a href=""></a>

Common Grant Application

YES, but only after an initial phone conversation with the applicant

Funder Tags/Issue Areas

Bilingual, Environment, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Housing & Shelter, Philanthropy & Grantmaking Foundations, Public & Societal Benefit, Seeking volunteers, Seniors, Youth Development

Funder Geographic Focus

Santa Barbara County – All

Funder Executive Director/Lead Staff Name

Nancy Weiss

Funder Mailing Address

26 West Anapamu St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Typical Grant Range

$500 to $10,000

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