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United Way of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Foundation, 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.



  • 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.


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


  • View/download the applications linked below.
  • Individuals/Families:
    • Due to the high volume of applications, please allow several weeks to be contact after applying.
    • For more information on other funding opportunities, please visit:


  • Non-Profit Organization:
    • Please complete the Nonprofit Grant Intake Packet.
      • Spanish version available HERE.
    • Grants are processed on a rolling basis and processed within 10 business days.
    • Grants must be used as proposed in the grant application. Any changes to the use of the funds must be submitted in writing to the funding organization. If an agency recipient identifies an alternate funding source for projects identified in the proposal once the funds have been allocated, it is incumbent upon the recipient agency to notify the funder in writing in order to negotiate a reallocation of those funds to a project within the parameters of the fund.
    • A report from agencies on the use of Covid-19 Community Disaster Relief Fund will be due within 13 months of the grant award, and can be delivered 30 days following the project completion to confirm that needs have been met.
    • Mac Users: If you are having trouble downloading/viewing this application, follow these instructions.


  • The Ann Jackson Family Foundation
  • Audacious Foundation
  • Fund for Santa Barbara
  • The Henry E. & Lola Monroe Foundation
  • Hutton Parker Foundation
  • James S. Bower Foundation
  • Jane and Paul Orfalea
  • Mosher Foundation
  • The Natalie Orfalea Foundation
  • The Muzzy Family
  • Santa Barbara Foundation
  • Santa Ynez Foundation
  • The Towbes Foundation
  • United Way of Santa Barbara County
  • Wood-Claeyssens Foundation