Apply For A Grant
Funding is now available for Capacity Building Mini Grants. Please see below for more information.
The County Executive Office and the Human Services Commission invite annual applications for funding from nonprofit organizations providing safety net services throughout Santa Barbara County.
The commission offers the following grant opportunities:
Basic Services and Best Practices Grants
Basic Services Grants provide assistance to low and moderate income persons and families with immediate needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Best Practices Grants are for proven data driven programs lifting low income persons out of poverty and assisting them in making lasting positive life changes.
The general fund of $1.2 million annually runs on a three-year cycle and includes administration. Awards are granted based on priorities (support for seniors, children, victims of abuse, transit programs, and services for non-English speaking populations), and criteria such as agency capacity and experience, past performance, impact on target populations, outcomes, and best practices using evidence-based client assessment tools.
Basic Services and Best Practices Grants are currently in the second year of funding. Check back here in November 2017 for information on how to apply for the fiscal year 2018-20 grant cycle.
Capacity Building Mini Grants
Considered catalyst grants, Capacity Building Mini Grants support the growth and development of an organization, and are not awarded to run a program. Examples include activities that build capacity; staffing, research, education, training; policy development; a collaborative venture with another organization; activity to boost volunteerism; databases and equipment; advocate or conduct media campaign to support the organization's mission; and efforts to improve evidence-based practices. All agencies are expected to explain how they address cultural and language needs through their programs.
Capacity Building Mini Grants are now available. Applicants are encouraged to apply before the due date - December 16, 2016.
Emergency Solutions Grants
The Human Services Commission evaluates and prioritizes Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) from federal funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds are designated for the provision of basic shelter and essential supportive services to homeless persons including victims of domestic violence.
ESG awards have been distributed for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Check back here in November 2016 for information on how to apply for the 2017-18 grant cycle.
Community Development Block Grants
The Human Services Commission evaluates and prioritizes Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for public services from federal funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds assist low- and moderate-income individuals and households with safety net services as well as housing programs and other community development needs.
CDBG awards have been distributed for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Check back here in November 2016 for information on how to apply for the 2017-18 grant cycle.