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Landscapes, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food Systems (LEAF) Grants

Grants to Santa Barbara County, California Nonprofits to Improve
Local Food Systems and Support Environmental Conservation

GrantWatch ID#: 175355
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Santa Barbara Foundation

10/02/17

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Santa Barbara County, California nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that aim to promote agricultural sustainability and improve local food systems. Secondary priority for funding will be given to projects that promote environmental conservation and restoration. Further information regarding each of these two grant categories are outlined below.

Food Systems Grants:

- First priority for funding is given to Food Systems projects that align with one or more of the 16 goals and related strategies of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan (SBFAP): http://www.sbfoundation.org/food-action-plan
- The Plan was released last year and project partners Community Environmental Council, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and the LEAF Initiative are working to grow community capacity in order to create positive change in the local food system.

Food System grants are available for:

- Creating or expanding partnerships, networks and collaborations between non-profit organizations, government or private sector partners for greater efficiencies, better delivery of services or fresh approaches to addressing needs or opportunities as defined in the Food Action Plan.
- Piloting or expanding projects that demonstrate best practices in agriculture, fisheries or other parts of the local food system that align with one or more of the goals or related strategies of the Food Action Plan.
- Capacity building support to facilitate adoption of best practices and policies that support the goals of the Food Action Plan.

The strongest projects will incorporate:

- Community involvement, awareness or education element
- A collaborative framework

Restoration, Conservation, and Best Practices Grants:

The Restoration, Conservation and Best Practices grants are to support habitat and ecosystem restoration, land conservation and innovative practices in agriculture, fisheries and resource management or conservation. This component of the LEAF grant program provides funding to ensure momentum for projects already underway, seed or kick-start new efforts, build capacity for future phases of larger projects, take advantage of emerging opportunities, and leverage funds or fulfill local matching grant requirements.

Projects may be on public or private lands or include government or private sector partners where there is a clear link for greater community benefit and alignment with a conservation strategy or community-driven planning effort.

Please Note: In 2017, Restoration, conservation and Best Practices grants will be subject to availability after first priority grants are awarded that align with the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan. It is strongly recommended that Restoration, Conservation, and Best Practices grant applications call to discuss their projects in advance of submittal.

Restoration, Conservation, and Best Practices Grants are available for:

- Community-based restoration projects in wetlands and streams, coastal areas, grasslands, woodlands and other natural areas.
- Early stage investigation or closing costs for land conservation efforts.
- Piloting or expanding projects that demonstrate best practices in conservation, agriculture, grazing or fisheries.

The strongest Restoration, Conservation, and Best Practices grant projects will:

- Create or expand partnerships, networks and collaborations for greater efficiencies, better delivery of services, or fresh approaches to solve problems or address needs, gaps, or opportunities.
- Incorporate a community involvement, awareness or education element.
- Align with or are part of a larger plan or strategy (internal or external to an organization).

Up to $20,000

The grant period is up to one year from the award date.

The Santa Barbara Foundation awards grants to organizations certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that provide programs and services in Santa Barbara County.

The Foundation supports organizations that do not discriminate in their delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Foundation will consider projects of faith-based organizations, but those projects must be secular in nature and open to individuals of all faiths and/or those of no religious affiliation.

A non-501(c)(3) is eligible to apply under a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status. The sponsoring organization assumes fiscal responsibility for the grant. Through the application process, the foundation will request information and attachments from both your organization as well as the fiscal sponsor.

Please Note: The foundation accepts applications from public entities such as schools, universities, and libraries through an affiliate or supporting 501(c)(3) organization.

Fiscal Sponsorship Guidelines:

A 501(c)(3) organization that agrees to serve as a fiscal sponsor on a grant request must comply with the following list of responsibilities:

- Be the applicant of record.
- Enter into a letter agreement outlining and stipulating the terms of the relationship between the fiscal sponsor and the sponsored organization.
- Complete all required forms as part of the application process including a board roster and organizational financial summary, where applicable, for both the fiscal sponsor and the sponsored organization. These supplemental forms can be found here. A copy of the letter of agreement entered into with the sponsored organization is also required.
- Receive the funds from the foundation.
- Disburse the funds to the sponsored entity as warranted and agreed to by the terms of the letter of agreement between the fiscal sponsor and the sponsored organization.
- Maintain an accurate and up-to-date accounting of the income and expenditures for the project.
- Ensure that the required final report for the project is submitted to the foundation within the time period stipulated in the grant award letter.

Community grants are not awarded for the following purposes or activities:

- Debt
- Endowment
- Fundraising events
- One-time events, including recurring annual events
- Individuals
- 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.

LEAF Food Systems Grants are not made for:

- Direct support to government agencies or private landowners (grantees must be a 501(c)(3) organization and serve as the primary project lead agency; public or private entities may be part of a collaboration)
- General operating support
- Existing or ongoing food service, deliver or distribution programs

LEAF Restoration, Conservation, and Best Practices Grants are not made for:

- Direct purchase of land or easements
- Direct support to government agencies or private landowners (grantees must be a 501(c)(3) organization and serve as the primary project lead agency; public or private entities may be part of a collaboration)
- Permitting and application fees
- General operating support

Application Deadlines: July 17 and October 2, 2017
Award Dates: September and November 2017

FAQs: http://www.sbfoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=679

Matching Requirements:

While the Foundation does not typically subject grants to matching requirements, they encourage grantees to leverage their funding whenever possible to secure additional dollars. In addition, if the proposed project has a matching/challenge opportunity from another funder, please include this information in your application for consideration.

Note: It is strongly recommended that Restoration, Conservation, and Best Practices grant applications call to discuss their projects in advance of submittal.

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

Email the application materials to: leafgrants@sbfoundation.org.

Sharyn Main, Senior Director of Community Investments
(805) 963-1873
smain@sbfoundation.org

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