COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Basic Human Needs Child Care Services Employment Services Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Social Isolation Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Individuals

Funding uses: Project / Program, General Operating Expense

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.


The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our community and the nonprofit sector in Santa Barbara County. The rapid response grant program is a part of the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort. Organizations that are awarded grants are prioritized in the following order:

  • organizations that are actively engaging in COVID-19 assistance efforts,
  • organizations that are adapting to continue to provide essential services, and
  • organizations that have reduced services due to COVID-19 and need general operating support in the interim.

In this initial stage, we have prioritized meeting emergency needs but we encourage applications from all three priorities be submitted. With approval from organizations, we are sharing requests for funding for all three areas with funders of the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort to maximize funding opportunities for organizations.

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.


This page was last reviewed February 18, 2021 and last updated April 15, 2020