• “If we can turn a mother’s life around, then we have a chance at changing the trajectory for the whole family – and improving outcomes for all of the lives connected to that mother,” shared Loretta Johnson, Executive Director at Villa Majella of Santa Barbara, a nonprofit maternity home serving pregnant women in Santa Barbara County.

    Villa Majella is transforming the lives of women and their infants – and working to end generational homelessness in our communities. Learn more at

    PHOTO: Former Villa Majella resident Kari with her son Ollie (who is now 2!) and husband Dillan.

  • Does your nonprofit focus on serving senior citizens in southern Santa Barbara County?

    If so, you may be eligible for the Senior Programs of Santa Barbara Grant Program! Senior Programs grants are available to support programs and projects directed to the welfare of senior citizens in the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria.

    The application deadline is November 30, 2021. To review eligibility and apply, visit

  • The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts (TFPA) is now accepting grant applications!

    TFPA grants invest in, nurture, and grow the arts sector by offering support to nonprofit organizations that provide quality performing art opportunities in Santa Barbara County.

    The deadline to apply is October 1, 2021. To view Grant Guidelines, visit

  • Apply today for our Food and Shelter & Safety Community Grant Programs!

    Grants are available to support nonprofit organizations directly providing services in the areas of food, shelter and safety. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 16.

    Food Grant Guidelines:
    Shelter & Safety Grant Guidelines:

  • Don’t forget to submit your nominations for Celebrate Philanthropy and 78th People of the Year! The nomination deadline is TODAY at 5:00pm.

    We invite you to nominate individuals, couples, or families that have gone above and beyond to give back to their community.

    Submit a nomination for Celebrate Philanthropy:

    Submit a nomination for the 78th People of the Year:

  • The journey to behavioral wellness starts in childhood, which is why we are grateful for organizations like Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley (FBSMV) that provide critical mental health and wellness services for youth and their families.

    From serving children, parents, and Transitional-Age Youth (aged 18-24) in the Santa Maria Valley, to providing trauma-informed trainings to social sector staff and community members countywide, FBSMV is creating a ripple effect of wellness that will impact local youth for years to come.

    Learn how FBSMV is fighting for our future, one kid at a time:

  • You still have time to submit a nomination for Celebrate Philanthropy and 78th People of the Year! We invite you to submit individuals, couples, or families that have gone above and beyond to give back to their […]

  • Here’s a trivia question for you: What is the oldest community park in Santa Barbara County?
    Answer: LeRoy Park in Guadalupe, originally established in 1871!

    Exciting new renovations to LeRoy Park and the adjacent Guadalupe Community Center are nearly complete. Thanks to hard work from the City of Guadalupe, Los Amigos de Guadalupe, and community members around the county, over $5.5 million was mobilized to enhance the park and center!

    Next time you are in Guadalupe, be sure to visit this historic park and community space. To learn more about the project, visit:

  • Explore our 2020 Annual Report: Building an Empathetic and Inclusive Santa Barbara County!

    Your love of community makes our work possible. Discover your impact at

    In 2020, our communities needed us more than ever, so we partnered with you – the individuals, families, community organizations, nonprofits, businesses, and governments of Santa Barbara County – to address our county’s greatest needs.

    Together, we invested $31 million via grants to support working families and vulnerable populations; we co-led the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County; we provided critical resources for our nonprofits and small businesses; plus so much more.

  • Five years ago, SBF set out to research how veterans were faring in our region and to identify opportunities to improve local services.

    Last week, this research culminated in the launch of the first Santa Barbara County Veterans Collaborative. The group will convene veteran-serving organizations to better support wellness of veterans and their families throughout the county.

    Learn more about the collaborative at

    PHOTO: The Santa Barbara County Veterans Collaborative Board of Trustees: Marcee Davis (top left), Ben Johnson, Lt. Col Alvin A. Salge, Joe Fletcher, Victor Virgen (bottom left), Michael St. Denis.

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