Wood-Claeyssens Foundation Grants

Wood-Claeyssens Foundation

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Next deadline: Jun 30, 2020 11:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: May 30, 2021 11:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Military Operations Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Supportive Housing & Shelters Real Estate & Housing Basic Human Needs Search & Rescue Health Care Access & Delivery Child Welfare Services Senior Services Food Delivery & Distribution Services Military & Veterans Services Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Firefighting & Fire Prevention Human & Social Services Child Foster Care & Adoption Services Police & Law Enforcement Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Wellness & Healthy Living Youth Services Food Access & Hunger Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Santa Barbara County, Ventura County

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in California: Santa Barbara County, Ventura County Other eligible locations: United States

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Note: New applicants must contact the Foundation for an invitation to submit an LOI & access to the application system.

Wood-Claeyssens Foundation Grants

The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation enhances the quality of life in the local community through grantmaking to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations serving the Santa Barbara and Ventura County areas.

Through its grant-making to various nonprofit organizations, the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation enables those in need to acquire the basic necessities of life – food, clothing, shelter, social services, public safety, and self-actualization – and to enhance their quality of living. The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation believes in anonymous giving and strategic philanthropy, maximizing its impact in the community through its careful selection of qualified grantees. The Foundation hopes to serve as a pillar of support for the nonprofit sector, assisting nonprofits in fulfilling their missions by offering funding to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations.

Areas of Funding

Self Actualization

Organizations that actively promote community improvement, philanthropy, and volunteerism; serve disadvantaged communities or individuals by fostering personal growth, achievement of one’s potential, and improving quality of life; and those focused on culture & humanities.

Public Safety

Organizations supporting local Police, Sheriff, Fire, and Search & Rescue Departments. In addition, WCF actively supports many organizations serving active duty military and retired veterans. Special attention is also given to requests regarding Police/Sheriff K-9 dogs.

Nonprofit Social Services

All-inclusive – everything to do with people’s wellbeing and the welfare of others. Community Service organizations (YMCA’s, Boys & Girls Clubs, Food Banks, etc.), foster youth programs, elderly/senior support, and physical & mental wellbeing.

Human Services

Organizations with missions focused on providing assistance to meet people’s basic needs (food, shelter, clothing, health), especially those focused on supporting those in need in becoming self sustained. Job training, disaster relief, child advocates, and children & youth programs are also included in this category.

Shelter Services 

Domestic abuse homes, recovery centers, and temporary shelters used during natural/accidental disasters. The WCF also places high long-term solutions to individuals and families facing housing difficulties.

Agriculture, Food & Nutrition

Local Food Banks, Rescue Missions, and other food centers (e.g. Unity Shoppe). Organizations tackling issues of hunger, food insecurity, and food distribution.

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


  • Applications for funding are considered only from organizations that qualify as follows:
    • Organizations submitting proposals must be tax exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be classified as “not a private foundation” under section 509(a).
    • Organizations must reapply each year if they wish to be considered.


  • Funding preference is given to organizations headquartered in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.


  • Funding is not available to:
    • Individuals 
    • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, political affiliation or religious belief