• With the 2020 election right around the corner, let’s make sure all eligible Santa Barbara County voters have their ballots counted.

    To help make this happen, SBF has put together Election & Voting Toolkits for each region of our county. We encourage everyone – organizations and individuals – to utilize these voting resources to spread information and awareness throughout our communities.

    Toolkits include:
    – Region-specific PSA script for radio station voting info campaigns/social media videos
    – Informational voting graphics to share on social media
    – Maps (some with transportation details) identifying Ballot Drop Box locations

    To access Election & Voting Toolkits, visit us at: h…Read More

  • Perhaps no organization has been as integral to the coordination of Health & Human Services during the COVID-19 pandemic as CommUnify (previously known as the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County).

    Learn about CommUnify’s recent rebranding, their many programs aimed at helping SB County residents reach self-sufficiency, and the success of their 2-1-1 Helpline:

    To purchase tickets for CommUnify’s Champions Awards honoring The Towbes Group and others, visit:

  • The Santa Barbara Foundation, with support from the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort, is partnering with California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) to provide FREE 1st year memberships for Santa Barbara County nonprofits with budgets of $1 million or less.

    CalNonprofits offers a wide variety of membership benefits to help strengthen your organization and keep you connected to the nonprofit community in California.

    Learn more about the program and submit your pre-application today:

  • The Santa Barbara Better Together Fund is now accepting applications for Small Business Grants in the City of Santa Barbara!

    In partnership with the City of Santa Barbara and Deckers, the Foundation is offering grants to help small businesses reopen and adapt to public health guidelines due to COVID-19.

    The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, October 15.

    Check out the article in the Independent to learn more and view Grant Guidelines:

  • Now is your final chance to be counted in the 2020 Santa Barbara County Census!

    Let’s stand up and get out the count before the September 30 deadline. Go to, call 844-330-2020 or submit your form by mail. #2020census #BeCounted #SantaBarbaraCounty

    Thank you Santa Barbara County Association of Governments and TV Santa Barbara (TVSB) for putting together this beautiful video encouraging all Santa Barbara County residents – including our veterans and first responders – to be counted.

  • “These flashpoint moments are opportunities of awakening for many people,” said Maricela Morales, Executive Director of the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE).

    The pandemic has exposed many systemic inequities in our county, and already-vulnerable populations are now at risk of losing their homes or are being pushed into poverty. Thankfully, CAUSE is leveraging momentum from the social justice movement to address these critical issues and elevate the voices of marginalized communities and people of color.

    SBF is proud to work with CAUSE to improve the lives of working families and vulnerable groups in Santa Barbara County. Together, we can build more equitable communities.

    Learn more at: htt…Read More

  • In advance of the 2020 General Election, SBF is providing resources to ensure that all Santa Barbara County residents have their votes counted. We encourage all community members to register early, vote early, and drop your ballot off *in person* at your polling place (if possible).

    NOTE: The deadline to register to vote is October 19 – just a month away! Visit to register today.

    Check out SBF’s Election Resources to learn more:

  • The deadline to apply for a Santa Maria Small Business Grant has been extended! The new application deadline is next Friday, September 18.

    To apply for a Santa Barbara Better Together (SBBT) Grant today, view the Guidelines below.

    English Grant Guidelines:
    Spanish Grant Guidelines:

  • We are best known for supporting nonprofit organizations through our grant programs, but as they say, “unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures.” We realize small businesses are in dire need right now, so we partnered with the City of Santa Maria and Deckers Brand launch a grant program for small businesses in Santa Maria.

    Supported by the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund, this grant program will help small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The deadline to apply is September 9.

    English Grant Guidelines:
    Spanish Grant Guidelines:

  • Get to know our first ever Outstanding Couple in Service, Michael & Marni Cooney!

    The Cooneys have been active community leaders in the Santa Barbara area for many years – Michael has served on the board of the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria Children’s Project, and the Santa Barbara Education Foundation, while Marni has volunteered in local public schools for nearly two decades, and served as board president at Family Service Agency.

    Additionally, both Cooneys have held volunteer leadership positions at Santa Barbara High School and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. These are just a few of their many important contributions to our community!

    Join us as we celebrate Michael & Marni Cooney, Tom Parker,…Read More

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