COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Individuals Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Santa Barbara County, California

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: Grants are processed on a rolling basis and processed within 10 business days.

The Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Priorities

  • Individual Financial Need: Individual financial need to help struggling community members secure and maintain basic needs, cover unexpected child care and education expenses, and recover from loss of wages due to business closures and social distancing measures.
  • Meeting Increased Service Demand: Organizations serving Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable populations impacted by widespread shutdown of schools (child care, school supplies, loss of access to technology, food insecurity, transportation, mental health, etc.) and social distancing measures impacting places of employment (loss of wages).
  • Operational Capacity and Business Continuity: Unrestricted funding enabling an organization to carry out its mission and adjust its business models to meet the needs of their staff and clients. These general operating support grants may be used to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as administrative salaries, utilities, office supplies, technology maintenance, etc., as well as for project costs, capital, and technology purchases to provide alternative modes of service.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Individuals
    • United Way of Santa Barbara County will be providing grants to individuals for those disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic.
  • Organizations
    • Santa Barbara Foundation and Hutton Parker Foundation will provide grants up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations serving all regions of Santa Barbara County.
    • 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. 
    • An agency acting as the fiscal sponsor on behalf of a community collaborative may be eligible to submit proposals on behalf of its own agency needs as well as the needs of the collaborative.


  • Applications that do not contain a valid EIN (tax ID) number will not be considered.