Foundation / Corporation
Santa Barbara Foundation
Scholarships to Santa Barbara County, California licensed childcare facilities that currently provide full-time childcare programs to financially disadvantaged families. Funding is intended for the expansion of subsidized childcare programs.
Quality child care programs provide children with healthy and safe environments, caring relationships, social emotional stimulation, and age-appropriate activities that enrich learning. Child care scholarships are intended for year-round child care facilities that can demonstrate an alignment with their community’s Kindergarten Readiness Networks and/or other child development objectives and outcomes.
Priority will be given to organizations serving children 0-5 years of age that:
- Include age-appropriate curriculum for kindergarten readiness;
- Demonstrate quality improvement planning or participation in a quality improvement process, such as Santa Barbara County’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and/or NAEYC accreditation;
- Demonstrate adoption of or progress toward the use of best practices for parent engagement, such as the Family Standard in accreditation and/or the Five Protective Factors Framework;
- Demonstrate use of or progress toward a standardized child development assessment or screening tool, such as Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) or the Kindergarten Student Entrance Profile.
Priority will be given to organizations serving school-age children (grades TK-6) that:
- Include specific elements or curriculum that build language arts literacy and math proficiency;
- Demonstrate quality improvement planning or participation in a quality improvement process, such as Child and Youth Development Program Accreditation or show alignment with student achievement goals set out by the local school district.
GrantWatch ID#: 154974
Funding amounts vary by age of child served.
The grant period is up to one year from the award date.
Scholarships will be awarded to licensed nonprofit child care centers serving children 0-5 years of age and school-age children (grades TK-6).
- Organizations must be certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or use a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) tax status. Applications that do not contain a valid EIN (tax ID) number will not be considered. Organizations using a fiscal sponsor must review the Eligibility Criteria and FAQs in Pre-Application Information for additional information and instructions.
- The foundation accepts applications from public entities such as schools, universities, and libraries through an affiliate or supporting 501(c)(3) organization. Please see the Eligibility Criteria and FAQs for additional qualifying information and instructions.
- The applicant must be fully licensed by the State of California to provide child care for the age groups it is serving and be in full compliance with the applicable codes governing child care facilities.
- The applicant’s staff must be well qualified to work with the age groups served.
- The agency and program financial budgets must be commensurate with the costs associated with the care and supervision of children.
- The applicant must currently serve children from economically disadvantaged families through established child care programs. Funds may be used to expand the number of slots of existing established programs. In order to accommodate centers that care for children in transition, such as infants in foster care or families experiencing homelessness, the scholarship may be transferred to other eligible families if there is a change in placement.
- The funds applied for may only be used to subsidize program fees or costs for current Santa Barbara County residents.
- Children receiving scholarships through this fund must have working parent(s) or guardian(s). Please note: for the purposes of the fund, the term “parents” includes both single and dual parents, and the authorized representatives of children not in the care of their natural or legal parents(s).
- The foundation believes that every family should contribute to their child’s care. Often the amount depends on the sliding fee scale adopted by the applicant agency’s Board of Directors. The total cost per child must be reasonable and based on the sliding fee scale. The scholarship award will be based on the amount still needed to cover the costs of the program after the family’s contribution has been taken into account.
- Because the purpose of the fund is to help working parents, an applicant agency must be open at minimum during the traditional work hours of 8 AM to 5 PM. Licensed child care for school age children must be open when school is not in session during the work week. In addition, the child care program must run year-round and not be closed more than two consecutive weeks during the year.
Community grants are not awarded for the following purposes or activities:
- Fundraising events
- One-time events, including recurring annual events
- Reimbursement for activities that occurred prior to the grant award date
- Influencing legislation and/or elections (within the meaning of section 4945(d)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code); except as that activity may be related to the purpose of the grant, and permitted for 501(c)(3) organizations by applicable law or Internal Revenue Service regulations.
Application Deadline: April 20th, 2018
Award Date: Late May
Important - Once an account has been created, please allow 48 hours for the registration to be confirmed and for the organization’s profile to be created. (Please note that if the applicant is establishing an account on Friday, the registration confirmation will occur on the following Monday). The applicant will receive an email confirming that the account is active and the applicant will then be able to complete and submit a grant application. Please take this timing into consideration when reviewing application deadlines as you must allow time for your account to be created prior to submitting an application before the deadline.
Applications will be accepted only through the online process. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Eligibility Criteria and FAQs:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Deanna Vallejo, Community Investments Associate
For licensing questions, please speak with the Child Care Duty Officer at Community Care Licensing by calling (805) 562-0400.
USA: California: Santa Barbara County