Racial Equity Fund of Santa Barbara County in partnership with The Fund for Santa Barbara

By Giving List Staff   |   January 13, 2022

On Tuesday January 11th, 2022, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved moving forward with Racial Equity Fund of Santa Barbara County, in partnership with The Fund for Santa Barbara

The Fund for Santa Barbara is proud to introduce the Racial Equity Fund of Santa Barbara County, in partnership with The County of Santa Barbara. This initiative came directly from grassroots organizing by Black Female leaders in Santa Barbara County who demanded that the County of Santa Barbara invest in the Black community in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing racial justice movement. 

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors agreed to set aside $500,000 to address equity issues in the county. Roughly half was allocated to internal/institutional County equity development with the remaining funds to be distributed through the Fund for Santa Barbara’s participatory grantmaking process. The Fund for Santa Barbara has a long history through its grantmaking program of supporting historically marginalized communities to be full participants in our community’s social, civic, and economic life. 

This infusion of funds aims to build capacity, expand, and/or stabilize Historically marginalized led organizations in Santa Barbara County.  

The Racial Equity Fund’s mission is to invest in and strengthen organizations that address anti-racism through systems change strategies in Santa Barbara County. This fund aims to effect the culture and policy for systemic change necessary to advance racial equity and justice and reverse the legacy of slavery and the effects of racism in Santa Barbara County.

The Fund for Santa Barbara will be accepting requests for funds starting Wednesday, January 12th through Friday February 11th. For more information on guidelines, how to apply, and to register for a Grant Application Workshop taking place on Tuesday, January 18th via Zoom, please visit The Fund for Santa Barbara’s website.  


For any additional questions please contact: grants@fundforsantabarbar.org


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