PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, September 4, 2015

$30,000 Available for Youth-Led Projects! Youth Making Change Announces the 2015-2016 Grant Cycle

The Fund for Santa Barbara’s Youth Making Change (YMC) program is a year-long, teen-led grant-making program that provides young people with the opportunity to engage directly in grant-making. Youth ages 13 to 19 are recruited annually to join the YMC Boards. YMC Boards (one in Santa Maria and one in Santa Barbara) conduct a grant cycle and distributes a total of $30,000 in grants to youth-led projects that address issues and challenges directly affecting young people in Santa Barbara County.

The Youth Making Change grant application is available now for download in English and Spanish from the Fund for Santa Barbara website ( or by visiting the Fund offices:

Santa Maria Office: 120 East Jones Street - Suite 120, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Santa Barbara Office: 26 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Basic Guidelines (see the application for complete project requirements)
Must be led by youth ages 12 to 24
Provide a benefit to teens in the community
Attempt to fix a problem affecting youth by providing a solution
Be located in Santa Barbara County
Have a sponsoring organization such as a school or community-based group.

Groups can apply for up to $3,000 for their youth-led project.

Interested groups are encouraged to attend a YMC GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP:

In Santa Barbara on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Orfalea Downtown Center - 1221 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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In Santa Maria on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Room - 705 S. McClelland Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454

Questions may be directed to Cristina González, Fund for Santa Barbara Regional Program Manager, at 805-922-1707 x200 or

Applications for funding must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015.

The Fund For Santa Barbara is a nonprofit community foundation that supports organizations working for social, economic, environment & political change in Santa Barbara County. Since its inception in 1980, The Fund has awarded over $5 million to more than 900 projects throughout Santa Barbara County.


Cristina González
September 1, 2015 805-922-1707x200

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