Santa Barbara Food Action Network
The Santa Barbara County Food Action Network connects, aligns, and activates a network of food system actors to develop a robust local food economy, a healthy and just community, and a well-stewarded, resilient foodshed.
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Santa Barbara County Food Action Network Food System Resilience Grants are given to support the achievement of Food Action Plan goals by contributing to the broader food systems of Santa Barbara County. In the near term, organizations supported by these funds will be able to activate and expand their current objectives. In the longer term, funds will collectively build a resilient Countywide food system. The collective action of food system changemakers will build the solutions we need now. The funds, provided by the Santa Barbara Foundation, are awarded by the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network through a process of research, planning, due diligence, and evaluation. The network consults with an external volunteer committee whose expertise ensures an equitable and impact-driven approach to the review process.
Focus AreasGrants will be available to nonprofit organizations providing programs or services that address and/or achieve one or more of the <a href="https://www.sbcfoodaction.org/food-action-plan-goals/" rel="nofollow">Food Action Plan Goals</a>. Funding can be used for one of two areas:<strong>Instigate:</strong>New collaborations in research, planning, or project activation that lay the foundation for future food system initiatives or create opportunities for broader impact.<strong>Grow</strong>Expansion or development of existing and proven food system programs, models, and organizations that leverage established resources or partnerships. Projects can be collaborative, an individual organization, or an initiative. Priorities for Both Focus AreasPriority will be given to organizations that:Will use funds to strengthen the network and not limit its growth – collaborative and not competitive.Will take into account external shocks to the food system, such as the COVID-19 pandemic in their project/program plan.Will demonstrate cultural competence in their project and/or program by being responsive to and in coordination with the constituency being served.
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Small grants (up to $25k) to eligible organizations.