Unlike traditional programs, SBCFAN’s grantmaking program is specifically designed to include wraparound information, resources, and tools that food producers need to execute a successful project – whether they are funded or not. Join our mailing list to be the first to hear about grant opportunities.
2024 Food Justice MICRO-GRANTS
The Food Justice Micro-Grants seek to address inequities and vulnerabilities in our local food system. It will put resources directly into the hands of individuals working to build food justice and resilience in Santa Barbara County. Flexible funding will be available to support projects, programs, and initiatives that build a resilient food system through the power of food justice, food sovereignty and/or agroecology.
Applications will open March 1, 2024.
Criteria, requirements, and instructions will be posted here in early 2024.
EMERGENCY relief AID
Emergency Relief Aid provides direct financial support to those upholding the local food system in the event of an emergency.
2020 Food System Resilience Grants
SBCFAN piloted a Food System Resilience grantmaking program, distributing $150,000 to support organizations working to advance Food Action Plan goals. Priority was given to organizations that will use the funds to strengthen the Network; take into account external shocks to the food system (such as the COVID-19 pandemic); and/or effectively respond to the urgent needs of their local community that could be replicated countywide – and beyond.
Applications were vetted through a process of research, planning, due diligence and evaluation. Each application was first screened by Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s Environmental Health Services to directly connect those that may need licensing and/or permitting for their project to the appropriate city/county department. The grants were reviewed by an external volunteer committee whose expertise ensured an equitable and impact driven approach to the review process. The maximum award was $25,000, with no minimum requirement.
Diana O’Connell, Executive Director of Veggie Rescue, shared, “The grant application process was designed in a clever way as it made the applicant so familiar with the Food Action Plan. It also got me to refine and expand my vision.”
The Santa Barbara Foundation, whose mission is to mobilize collective wisdom and philanthropic capital to build empathetic, inclusive, and resilient communities, provided funding for the grants.
2020 GRANTEES INCLUDED:
Less than 1% of produce grown in Santa Barbara County is consumed here. According to David Cleveland, a food systems researcher at UCSB, fully 95 percent of the fruits and vegetables consumed in the county are shipped in from elsewhere.1 “Picture two produce-laden tractor-trailers passing on the highway,” he said. “One bringing food into the county; the other hauling it out.” These shocking facts led to a galvanization of people across sectors to further examine what created this outcome and to develop a roadmap to address it.
Published in 2016, the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan is a community-driven strategic plan that assesses and provides recommendations for how we grow, distribute, consume, and dispose of food. Spearheaded by the Community Environmental Council and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, more than 200 community members put in over 1,200 hours of volunteer guidance to produce a roadmap for food system resilience for generations to come.
In the following years, the Community Environmental Council and Foodbank of Santa Barbara County continued spearheading efforts to carry forward Food Action Plan goals. In 2019, the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network (SBCFAN) was launched to connect, align, and activate countywide food system actors to develop a robust local food economy, a healthy and just community, and a well-stewarded, resilient foodshed.
Grants were given to nonprofit organizations providing programs or services that address and/or achieve one or more of the Food Action Plan Goals. Funding could be used for one of two areas:
New collaborations in research, planning or project activation that lay the foundation for future food system initiatives or create opportunities for broader impact.
Expansion or development of existing and proven food system programs, models and organizations that leverage established resources or partnerships. Projects can be collaborative, an individual organization, or an initiative.
Priorities for Both Focus Areas
Priority was given to organizations that:
- Used funds to strengthen the network and not limit its growth – collaborative and not competitive.
- Took into account external shocks to the food system, such as the COVID-19 pandemic in their project/program plan.
- Demonstrated cultural competence in their project and/or program by being responsive to and in coordination with the constituency being served.
Funding Amount and Duration
The maximum award for 2020 SBCFAN grants was $25,000, with no minimum requirement. The grant period was up to one year from the award date.
In lieu of a final report, grantees are required to attend a convening with other recipients to learn and share your work in 2021, as well as provide written information about your grant.
Application Deadline: November 10, 2020
Funds Awarded: December 2020
As a partner in your efforts, Santa Barbara County Food Action Network is pleased to be acknowledged in any communication materials related to the grant activity. If you choose to use the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network logo on any printed or online material, please refer to our press and media resources page.
- 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.
- Applications from public entities such as schools, universities, and libraries through an affiliate or supporting 501(c)(3) organization can be accepted.
- 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. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to discuss your specific situation.
- A fiscal sponsor may submit one application on behalf of their organization and one application acting as a fiscal sponsor per grant program.
- Funds are used to serve constituents within Santa Barbara County.
- The impact of the deployed funds can be measured and reported upon.
- Programs or services directly address one of more Food Action Plan goals.
Grants are not awarded for the following purposes or activities:
- Fundraising events or Sponsorships
- Reimbursement for activities that occurred prior to the grant award date
- Influencing legislation and/or elections (within the meaning of section 4945(d)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code); except as that activity may be related to the purpose of the grant, and permitted for 501(c)(3) organizations by applicable law or Internal Revenue Service regulations.