LEAF Grant Program

Santa Barbara Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 29, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit Museum/Library/Zoo

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Santa Barbara County, California

Location of residency: United States

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LEAF Grants

The Santa Barbara Foundation LEAF (Landscapes, Ecosystems, Agriculture, Food Systems) initiative seeks to increase community resiliency by preserving and enhancing the landscapes and systems that sustain nature, human health and our economy. The LEAF strategy includes development of a countywide Food Action Plan and a Conservation Blueprint. In support of the initiative, the foundation is offering grants to help strengthen the local food system, increase agricultural sustainability, and support land conservation, habitat restoration and ecosystem health. This year, funding priority for LEAF Grants will be for Food System projects that align with the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan.

Food Systems grants are to support projects that align with one or more of the 16 goals and related strategies of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan (SBFAP). The Plan was released in 2016 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. Grant awards up to $20,000.

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  • 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 foundation accepts applications from public entities such as schools, universities, and libraries through an affiliate or supporting 501(c)(3) organization.
    • Eligible requests will be considered for activities outside the realm of the primary function/purpose of the government entity (as defined by what the general public views as the government entity’s primary function)
  • See FAQs here.


  • 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.

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