Food, Shelter & Safety Grant Programs

Santa Barbara Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Aug 14, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Fields of work: Food Access & Hunger Supportive Housing & Shelters

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Santa Barbara County, California

Location of residency: Santa Barbara County, California

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Community Grant Programs

Community grants are grants the foundation makes in response to needs and requests from the nonprofits in our community. They are supported by the foundation’s endowment and donors, and are awarded through a rigorous process of research, planning, due diligence and evaluation. Foundation staff consult with community volunteers whose expertise ensures a balanced approach to the review process.

Food Grant Programs

Food Grants are available to support nonprofit organizations directly providing services in the areas of food. Grant amounts: up to $50,000.

Shelter & Safety Grant Programs

Shelter & Safety Grants are available to support nonprofit organizations directly providing services in the areas of shelter and safety. Grant amounts: up to $50,000.

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


  • 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.
    • A non-501(c)(3) is eligible to apply under a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status. 
  • 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.


  • 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
    • Requests from individual schools, academies, or university departments that have not coordinated their request with their central school district or university fundraising arm, typically an education foundation


This page was last reviewed June 23, 2020 and last updated June 23, 2020