Apply For A Grant


The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved funding awards for the 2019-2022 Basic Services and Best Practices grants on June 4, 2019 and for the 2020-2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) on May 5, 2020.

A Notice of Funding Availability for 2021-2022 CDBG funds will be published under "News & Announcements" on the HCD web site in October 2020.

The Commission offers the following grant opportunities: 


Basic Services and Best Practices GrantsImage courtsey of Isla Vista Youth Projects

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 grants are provided for a three-year term, subject to annual funding allocations by the County Board of Supervisors and satisfactory progress on performance measures. Grants may cover the administrative and program cost of eligible programs. Awards are granted based on HSC 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.

Applications have closed for the 2019-2022 funding cycle. A Notice of Funding Availability is expected to be published in October 2021 for the 2022-2024 funding cycle.


Image courtsey of Visiting Nurses

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.

Applications have closed for the 2020-2021 CDBG funding cycle. A Notice of Funding Availability is expected to be published in October 2020 for the 2021-2022 funding cycle.