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2021 Spring General Grant Cycle

Grants to California Community Organizations in Eligible
Locations for Projects that Advance Social Change

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Fund for Santa Barbara

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

02/22/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to California community organizations for social change activities in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support projects that seek solutions to challenging political, economic, social, and environmental issues. Requests will be accepted for seed funding, general support, and projects from smaller organizations, and for targeted grants from larger, more established organizations. Funded projects must take place in Santa Barbara County.

Founded by a group of individuals who shared a vision of a just and humane society, The Fund is dedicated to finding solutions to current and emerging problems that challenge society as a whole. The Fund's mission is advancing progressive change for strengthening movements for social, political, and environmental justice.

The Fund gives preference to projects that address the root causes of social, economic, environmental, and political problems. The Fund invites applications from groups that:

  • Actively support anti-discrimination based on race, sex/gender, age, religion, language spoken, or immigration status;
  • Actively support communities marginalized by power structures to engage in dialogue and actions that seek to counter social injustice;
  • Actively work to improve the rights of workers and their families whose living conditions have been marginalized;
  • Promote the cultural life of underserved communities and support the activities of cultural workers;
  • Promote self-determination and leadership development in low income and disenfranchised communities;
  • Promote Global peace and organize locally for just policies;
  • Work on building coalitions to enhance improving environmental justice and address climate change, especially organizing a constituency usually without access to decision-makers
  • Engage in collaborative action and coalition-building to strengthen movement ecosystems; Work against community violence and actively support recovery and restorative justice activities and initiatives;

Operate in a democratic manner, responsive to and directed by the constituency being served.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168699

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Fund awards grants to local grassroots community-based organizations.

The Fund for Santa Barbara will accept grant applications from groups regardless of their tax-exempt status if their activities clearly fall within IRS tax-exempt guidelines. Fiscal sponsorship is acceptable but not required.

Not funded:
- Political campaigns that support a candidate or a political party;
- Private (vs. public) interests;
- Direct labor organizing;
- Projects providing direct services without a social change component;
- Direct support to individuals;
- Building improvements;
- Capital ventures, i.e. office equipment, machines, or vehicles;
- Projects located outside of Santa Barbara County

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Grant Application Workshops and utilize staff's assistance before writing a grant proposal. To learn more about the Fund for Santa Barbara, application process, and an opportunity to ask questions about your proposal idea(s), please sign up for one of the free, public, Countywide Grant Application Workshops:

Grant Application Workshop #1
Wednesday, Jan 27, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
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Grant Application Workshop #2
Thursday, Jan 28, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
To register:

Grant Application Workshop #3
Wednesday, Feb 10, 10:00 – 11:30 am
To register:

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule - Spring Cycle 2021:
- Request For Proposal Announcement: January 22nd
- Proposal Review by Staff (optional): January 22nd - February 15th. Must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 15, 2021 via email.
- Applications Due: February 22 by 11:59 PM
- Site Visit Interviews: March 31st - April 21st
- Funding Recommendations are Made: May 10th
- Fall Grant Awards Celebration: TBD

Requests for repeat funding will be accepted if such proposals include detailed information about the outcome of the previous grant, how further financial assistance would advance the goals of the original proposal, and an in-depth analysis of the successes and failures of the original grant.

For further information about the grant program:

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

For questions, and to submit a proposal review:

The Fund for Santa Barbara
PO Box 90710
Santa Barbara, CA 93190-0710
(805) 962-9164

Santa Maria Office:
120 East Jones Street, Suite 110
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 922-1707

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