Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Community Events and Festivals (EF) Grant Program

Grants to Santa Barbara, California Nonprofits for
Arts and Cultural Festivals, Events, and Programs

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

05/03/19 5:00 PM


Request a Grant Writer

Grants of up to $20,000 to Santa Barbara, California nonprofit organizations for community arts and cultural festivals, programming series, and events taking place during the shoulder season. First-time applicants must attend a workshop before applying.

Funding is intended to support quality community festivals and events that:

1. Enhance the cultural life of Santa Barbara residents and tourists via quality cultural events and institutions;
2. Attract visitors to the City via art and culture to support the local tourism industry and related economic sectors;
3. Create revenue for the City through sales and hotel occupancy (bed) taxes.

Event or Festival Eligibilty:

1. To be considered for funding, the proposed event must attract a significant amount of out-of-town visitors and demonstrate a maximized return on City investment.
2. The event must occur during the shoulder season (after Labor Day and before April 30, excluding all National holidays). If the event or season is ongoing, at least half of the program must occur during this timeframe. Preference will be given to events that are or have the ability to become annual.
3. Applications should include a well-developed, strategic marketing plan.
4. The organization must demonstrate a stable management structure and full fiscal accountability.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154676

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award allowed for a single grant is $20,000.

Term of Contract:

To be eligible for a Community Events and Festivals Grant funding, the organization must host an event occurring after Labor Day and before April 30 of the following year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Community Events and Festivals Grant funding, the organization must:

- Provide proof of non-profit tax-exempt status [501(c)(3)] by submitting copies of State and Federal determination letters.
- Commit to using funding support for events or festivals within the City of Santa Barbara.
- Operate without unlawful discrimination as to age, cultural background, religion, sex or national origin in the provision of services.
- Include a credit line acknowledging grant funding support in all promotional materials.

Application Restrictions:

1. An organization may submit a grant application from only one of the following City grant categories: Community Arts, Events & Festivals OR Organizational Development
2. Events or Festivals currently receiving funds through a line item in the City Budget are ineligible for Community Events and Festivals Grants.
3. Funding cannot be used for capital purchases or improvements.
4. Funding cannot be used towards trust or endowment campaigns.
5. Eligible expenses are restricted to those incurred from the start date to the end date of the grant cycle.
6. Event cannot be a fundraiser.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All first-time applicants must attend a grant workshop. To register for a workshop or for more information, go to the Workshops and Training page:

City of Santa Barbara Arts Grant Workshop (Click here to register:

Thursday, April 18, 2019. 2:00-3:00 pm
David Gebhard Meeting Room
630 Garden St. Santa Barbara

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by May 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

To be eligible for a Community Events and Festivals Grant funding, the organization must attend a grant interview. Date TBD.

Grant funds should not exceed 50% of the total promotional budget.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Sarah York Rubin, Executive Director

Hannah Rubalcava, Contracts/Grants Manager

3rd Floor Rotunda, Santa Barbara County Courthouse
1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California: City of Santa Barbara