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Description of 2010 Impact Grants

Details of Projects and Needs Funded in 2010 Santa Barbara Foundation Impact Grants


Allan Hancock College Foundation – The program provides citizenship classes throughout the northern communities of the county. This program strengthens the fabric of the community through civic engagement and encouraging leadership.

Alliance for Living and Dying Well – The project focuses on raising more awareness and education about Advanced Health Directives. Advanced Health Directives are one more tool to ensure end-of-life wishes are followed, helping people live and die with dignity.

Alzheimer’s Association – The program will expand Latino outreach to provide caregiver training, workshops and support to Spanish-speaking families countywide. This project contributes to health, dignity for seniors, and equality.

Anti-Defamation League – The project will support training and curriculum on anti-bullying and enhance leadership skills for preschool teachers and parents around the issue of prejudice. This program not only addresses a critical issue facing this country, but also identifies and nurtures leadership, and creates an environment where diversity and equity can flourish in our communities.

Artspace for Center Stage Theater – The project supports theater rental subsidies for arts organizations to reduce production costs, and new flexible seating platforms to encourage more creative theater configurations and uses. This project contributes to a vibrant arts community and supports numerous arts organizations and lifelong learning opportunities.

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria – The project supports the club’s summer enrichment program with recreational activities and enhances their core educational component. This program will continue to provide open and accessible recreation programs, with a focus on diversity, equity and equal opportunity for youth.

Built Green – The project will enhance the capacity of the organization to support environmental education, environmentally-friendly living, and the development of green jobs, resulting in resource protection and intelligent economic growth, as well as fostering health as a community responsibility.

Carrillo Counseling Services for New Beginnings – The program provides counseling services for the growing number of clients who are uninsured, under-insured, unemployed or from lower-incomes who suffer from a range of mental and emotional health conditions. The continuum of services contributes to health of the community, equality of services, and dignity.

Catholic Charities – The project provides food, rental, and utility assistance to residents of the entire county, contributing to the safety, shelter, and health of all residents.

Central Coast Literacy Council— The program will engage those who have been challenged with basic academic skills. Efforts will attempt to build on individual academic levels and encourage the importance of literacy and life long learning opportunities, not only for themselves but for the benefit of future generations and the community at large.

Child Abuse Listening & Mediation – The project will implement an innovative pilot to treat parents of abused or domestic violence-exposed children whose own history of abuse, domestic violence or unaddressed mental health is an obstacle to the traumatized child’s successful treatment and recovery. The project contributes to health, safety, dignity and well-being of children and families.

Coastal Housing Coalition – The project will support research around the current state of housing, with a focus on workforce housing in the county, thus informing intelligent economic growth, enhancing civic engagement, and supporting equal opportunity.

Community Health Centers of the Central Coast – The project will increase the capacity of the community to address the largest unmet health need in the County (dental care) resulting in health being a community responsibility and equal access to services provided to those in need.

Community Partners in Caring – The project provides volunteer support and transportation to frail seniors residing at home, thereby enhancing safety, health, and the capacity to live with dignity.

Cuyama Christian Academy for Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center – The project supports organizational development and engages the local community in leadership efforts to strengthen families and community members to create self-sustaining services that supports civic engagement and nurtures leadership in this remote geographic location.

Domestic Violence Solutions – The project supports emergency and transitional housing and case management services for battered women and children, as well as non-violence outreach and education programs. This project contributes to the safety, shelter, and dignity of women and children in need.

Easy Lift Transportation – The project provides transportation to low-income seniors in the southern communities through individual and grouped rides, thus enhancing the dignity and safety of this vulnerable population.

Endowment for Youth Committee– The program focuses on closing the academic achievement gap by working closely with students, district administrators and faculty. The program focuses on equal opportunity and provides lifelong learning experiences for youth.

Ensemble Theatre – The project provides capacity building through audience development, outreach and general operating support to sustain the agency while engaged in a $9 million capital campaign to renovate and move to the Victoria Hall Theatre. This project contributes to a vibrant arts community, lifelong learning, and supports new organization leadership.

Environmental Defense Center – The project supports the Open-space Preservation and Education Network (OPEN) project to provide leadership and encourage engagement of the community in the Gaviota Coast planning process with the goal of developing policies that support a conservation framework for the Gaviota Coast. This project contributes to environmental protection, civic engagement and leadership, and potential for increased outdoor recreational access and opportunities.

Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara – The project provides mental health and case management services for seniors in the southern communities and Lompoc, and will enhance the dignity, safety, and health of this population.

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County – The project supports food distribution and nutrition education, and contributes to the health and dignity of the entire county.

Friendship Adult Day Care Center – The program supports the opening of Friendship Center II in Goleta which will expand adult day services and programs for seniors on the south coast, and provide respite care for family caregivers. This program contributes to health and dignity for seniors.

Good Samaritan Shelter – The project provides a continuum of support for homeless individuals and families in the northern communities, and contributes to the safety, shelter, and dignity of County residents.

Isla Vista Youth Projects – The program continues to maintain the family resource center approach by providing services in an insulated community. Families and youth will be connected to needed services that strengthen their immediate family and develop their ability to access needed information and programs. This program will develop and nurture leadership within the family structure and expand lifelong learning opportunities.

Jodi House – Support toward a $2.2 million capital campaign and philanthropic challenge for the ownership and endowment of a facility that provides post-treatment recovery and support to brain injury survivors and their families. The program contributes to health, dignity and support of innovative philanthropy.

Marian Medical Center Foundation – The project aims to eliminate communication barriers between maternity doctors and nurses and Oaxacan mothers giving birth at the hospital by providing Mexteco-language education and instruction materials. This program will improve the health and safety of the mothers and newborns, and ensure equity of services for the growing Oaxacan populations in northern communities.

Old Mission Santa Barbara – The project will address much needed structural renovation and restoration efforts for the collection of cultural and historical artifacts. This project will preserve, maintain and continue to celebrate the arts and culture that is associated with the Santa Barbara community.

Pacific Pride Foundation – The project will enhance the quality of life for individuals and families living with AIDS through coordination of complicated care regimens, thus making health a community priority and creating equal access and opportunity for this fragile population across the county.

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) – The program will engage primarily low-income Latino parents in a curriculum to enhance their ability to navigate the educational system and support their children in academic achievement. Parent participation is a major element to the success of a child’s education, and this program supports the leadership development of parents, education of the whole family, and equity of services for at-risk populations.

PCPA Foundation – The project supports live theater performances of socially relevant plays for 28,000 school children in North County, as well as a year-long script development and live performance program in two schools based on the students’ writings and workshop inputs. This project contributes to the celebration of arts and culture, supports diversity and education.

Peoples’ Self- Help Housing – The project will provide 76 units of affordable housing which will include supportive services for formerly homeless families in Carpinteria, contributing to the safety, dignity, lifelong learning, health, and economic growth of the residents and community.

Postpartum Education for Parents – The program recruits and trains volunteers to provide bi-lingual postpartum education and family support services to parents in Spanish-speaking neighborhoods in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. The program contributes to health and equity of services for Latino families, and nurtures leadership and civic engagement through volunteer-based program delivery.

Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara – The program engages a diverse group of students and teachers to develop “best practices” in instruction and curriculum development at Harding elementary school. This project will maximize lifelong learning, diversity, equity and equal opportunity in education, seeking to help close the achievement gap.

SMOOTH – The project provides dial-a-ride transportation to low-income seniors in the northern communities for individual rides, thus enhancing the dignity and safety of this vulnerable population.

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper – Matching funds to implement the Carpinteria Stream Team – a citizen water quality monitoring and creek stewardship program in Carpinteria utilizing high school students and community volunteers. This project contributes to environmental protection, civic engagement, lifelong learning and education.

Santa Barbara Community Youth Performing Arts Center for Marjorie Luke Theatre – The project supports theater rental subsidies for arts organizations and non-profit groups to reduce production costs. This project contributes to a vibrant arts community, celebrates arts and cultural diversity, supports numerous arts organizations and non-profits organizations, and provides lifelong learning opportunities.

Santa Barbara Community Youth Performing Arts Center for Viva el Arte – This collaborative project provides culturally-relevant music, dance and dramatic performances to families in Guadalupe. This project contributes to the celebration of arts and culture, supports diversity, and provides lifelong learning and civic engagement opportunities.

Santa Barbara Family Care Center – The program will continue to support in-home child care providers to create well managed child care opportunities for families. The program’s activities will enhance the knowledge and safety of care givers, lifelong learning, and promote strategic economic growth.

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics – The project will enhance the internal capacity of the agency to serve an increasing patient load with greater accuracy, efficiency, and coordinated care creating a shared community responsibility for health in the southern communities as well as a stronger non-profit sector.

Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People – The project provides food, utility, rental, health, and transportation support, as well as case management and family support to residents of Santa Ynez Valley; it contributes to safety, shelter, health, and family life of mid-County residents.

Transition House – The project provides housing and life skills to homeless families, contributing to the safety, lifelong learning, and health of the community.

United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County – The project will support a national effort by the Boys & Girls Clubs to target academic efforts to close the achievement gap and strengthen the academic confidence of students in the Lompoc community. This program engages students, district administrators and faculty to create opportunities for lifelong learning, nurture leadership, and encourage diversity and equal opportunity.

Willbridge of Santa Barbara – The project will enhance the internal capacity of the organization to serve a greater number of homeless and mentally ill individuals resulting in increased safety and health, and a stronger non-profit sector.

Santa Barbara Partners in Education – The program will recruit volunteers and engage the business community to assist with student mentoring, tutoring, classroom assistance and a variety of projects and programs in support of teachers, schools and youth-focused organizations. This civic engagement project nurtures children by providing a pool of human resources and expertise to meet a community need.



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