The Fund for Santa Barbara

Grant Making

The Fund was established as a community foundation in 1980 by a group of individuals who shared a vision of a just and humane society offering people an alternative concept in philanthropy. The Fund is dedicated to finding solutions to current and emerging social problems and issues that challenge our society as a whole. Since its inception, The Fund has awarded nearly $5 million to more than 900 projects.

The Fund believes that significant social changes ultimately require broad participation in a democratic control of all social and economic institutions. Social conditions improve most dramatically when those who have been denied power and justice come together to form coalitions which organize to confront and change the conditions that have denied them access to justice and equity.

The Fund gives preference to projects working to address the root causes of social, economic and environmental problems. The Fund focuses away from supporting social services unless they have a significant progressive social change element to the program. The Fund provides seed grants to new grassroots projects, general support or project grants to small organizations, and grants to larger, more established organizations only for specific targeted purposes.

Please see the Apply for a Grant section for more information about the next grant cycle and how to apply.

Grant Report Form

A progress report is required at six months and a close-out report is due at twelve months or when the funds have been spent whichever comes first.  These reports include a financial statement detailing expenses and a narrative of the project’s impact, effectiveness, problems, and plans to continue.

For a MS Word version of our Grant Report Form click here.

Fund for SB Style Guide and Logo

The MS Word document linked below contains the guidelines for using the Fund for Santa Barbara brand. It contains our logo as well as our standard boiler plate description for use in press releases.

For the Fund for Santa Barbara Style Guide click here.

Grantee Blog

Thanks to our partnership with Casa Magazine, please check out our new blog highlighting the FUND's grantees at