The Santa Barbara Foundation is pleased to announce the Small Capacity Building Grant Program to strengthen the organizational capacity and programmatic effectiveness of Santa Barbara County nonprofits.
It is the hope that this funding helps organizations strengthen these fundamentals in support of their mission and better programmatic outcomes.
Types of Support
- The Santa Barbara Foundation recognizes that non-profits needs have had to dramatically shift in how they serve their clients due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the state and country.
- To better equip agencies to both maintain social distancing and assure the health and safety of their employees, the Santa Barbara Foundation has established the following guidelines for its Small Capacity Building grants in the following areas.
- Defined projects that allow the agency to equip its workforce to either work remotely and/or serve its clients remotely through phone, online video or other means
- Small capital items and equipment that specifically allow your staff to serve clients and fulfill its mission
- Organizational development and capacity building
- Staff or board training and development
- The maximum award for Small Capacity Building Grant is $5,000.
- The grant period is up to one year from the award date.
- A final report is required and is due within 13 months of the grant award, preferably no later than 30 days following the project completion.
- 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 sponsoring organization assumes fiscal responsibility for the grant. Through the application process, the Foundation will request information and attachments from both your organization as well as the fiscal sponsor. If you have a change of fiscal sponsorship.
- A 501(c)(3) organization that agrees to serve as a fiscal sponsor on a grant request must comply with the following list of responsibilities:
- Be the applicant of record.
- Enter into a letter agreement outlining and stipulating the terms of the relationship between the fiscal sponsor and the sponsored organization.
- Complete all required forms as part of the application process including a board roster and organizational financial summary, where applicable, for both the fiscal sponsor and the sponsored organization. These supplemental forms can be found. A copy of the letter of agreement entered into with the sponsored organization is also required.
- Receive the funds from the Foundation.
- Disburse the funds to the sponsored entity as warranted and agreed to by the terms of the letter of agreement between the fiscal sponsor and the sponsored organization.
- Maintain an accurate and up-to-date accounting of the income and expenditures for the project.
- Ensure that the required final report for the project is submitted to the Foundation within the time period stipulated in the grant award letter.
Small Capacity Building Grants are NOT made for:
- General operating support
- Program expansion or support for existing programs
- Fundraising events
- Endowment funds
- Reimbursement of expenses already expended
- One-time events, including recurring annual events (other than collaborative learning opportunities)
- Tuition requests for Leading From Within programs (The foundation directly supports scholarship
- opportunities through its partnership with Leading From Within.)
For more information, visit https://www.sbfoundation.org/nonprofits/grant-opportunities/