A network of indigenous-language interpreters, a group seeking to strengthen restorative justice, a coalition of Lompoc residents, environmental attorneys pushing to stop the Phillip 66 oil trains, progressive government watchdogs, and an LGBTQ group at Westmont College were among those who received grants this week from the Fund for Santa Barbara. At the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, a large crowd cheered the Fund — now in its 35th year — as it awarded more than $300,000 in grants to community organizations. “We couldn’t accomplish any of this alone,” said Marcos Vargas, who became the Fund’s executive director earlier this year.
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