Each Impact Grants investment stands on its own merit and each are tied to community needs and offer promise for our county’s future. When seen collectively, they also fall into “clusters of energy” and clear issue sectors for community investment:
Basic Needs – As demand for these basic needs continue to rise across the county, these grants go to organizations that have the broadest reach and impact across the county that provide food, shelter, medical care and case management to our low income neighbors and those experiencing increased need during this economic downturn.
˗ Foodbank of Santa Barbara County – $110,000
˗ Catholic Charities of Los Angeles – $75,000
˗ Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People – $75,000
˗ Good Samaritan Shelter – $75,000
˗ Transition House – $75,000
˗ Willbridge of Santa Barbara – $59,500
˗ Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics – $75,000
˗ Pacific Pride Foundation – $50,000
˗ Community Health Centers of the Central Coast – $75,000
˗ Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County – $75,000
˗ Child Abuse Listening & Mediation (CALM) – $50,000
˗ Peoples’ Self-Help Housing – $75,000
Arts – To support the vitality of the local arts community, these grants will support a range of arts organizations and venues, arts education and outreach programs, as well as preserve important historical artifacts and iconic arts organizations. Our goal is to ensure a range of theater venue sizes and styles exist for a wide range of arts groups, emerging artists and youth-oriented groups, so that arts programming and opportunities in schools and neighborhood venues are reaching as many families as possible, particularly for underserved populations in northern Santa Barbara County who lack resources to participate in traditional theater offerings.
˗ Artspace for Center Stage Theater – $20,000
˗ Santa Barbara Community Youth Performing Arts Center for Marjorie Luke Theatre -$40,000
˗ Ensemble Theatre – $40,000
˗ PCPA Foundation – $44,712
˗ Santa Barbara Community Youth Performing Arts Center for Viva el Arte – $50,000
˗ Old Mission Santa Barbara – $50,000
Environmental Resource Protection – To build a framework for the conservation and protection of our county’s environmental ‘Gems,’ the geographical areas that make this region special and provide lifelong learning and recreational opportunities and enhance quality of life for residents. These grants go to organizations providing strong leadership in protecting the biological diversity and rural character of the Gaviota Coast and the water quality and habitat of the Carpinteria watersheds and empowering our community to be stakeholders in the process.
˗ Environmental Defense Center – $40,000
˗ Santa Barbara Channelkeeper – $25,000
Economic Development – To support two issues that are critical to the future health and economic welfare of the County and region – economic development and affordable housing – grants go to promoting green housing and job training in the green economy, with a particular emphasis on workforce housing.
˗ Built Green Santa Barbara – $50,000
˗ Coastal Housing Coalition – $50,000
Impact grants were also made to promote promising work for four targeted and underserved populations:
Seniors – To promote independent senior living, which is a desire of seniors and an important concern for the future of the county. Through these grants, we will support in-home services and transportation for frail seniors, and provide clinical support for mental health services and case management for seniors who are struggling. Specifically, expansion of mental health support will be increased in North County.
˗ Community Partners in Caring – $20,000
˗ Easy Lift Transportation – $60,000
˗ S.M.O.O.T.H. – $10,000
˗ Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara – $75,000
Cognitive and Behavioral – The burden to the families and friends who care for loved ones is enormous, and respite care and support services is an emerging need the community must address, particularly to the low and moderate income families who cannot afford paid care. Grants will ensure a continuum of mental health care services remain accessible, specifically to expand Alzheimer’s education and outreach to Latino populations countywide, to expand adult day services and programs for seniors suffering from dementia, and to ensure low-cost counseling services are available for those suffering from a range of mental and emotional health conditions.
˗ Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association- $70,000
˗ Carrillo Counseling Services for New Beginnings – $25,000
˗ Jodi House – $25,000
˗ Friendship Adult Day Care Center – $50,000
Youth – We all have a stake our kids and innovative approaches to their development and supporting relevant programs to enable them to become successful adults. Programs in this cluster will focus on youth strengths and healthy developmental needs; and will engage youth in the areas of health, character and social development, lifelong learning/knowledge, reasoning and creativity and citizenship. Programs will engage youth to contribute in ways that will create relevant opportunities that they (youth) will support.
˗ Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley – $60,000
˗ Endowment for Youth Committee – $45,000
˗ Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara – $75,000
˗ United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County – $37,500
Parents and Families— It is essential to support parents and their families when immediate needs are being challenged; and these grants will provide information and resources to stabilize the family structure. Focus is on parents developing “skill sets” to enable them to secure and provide more directly for their families in times of need, as well develop leadership skills that may also lead to developing economic opportunities that can support and promote the quality of life in their respective communities.
˗ Cuyama Christian Academy for Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center – $74,750
˗ Isla Vista Youth Projects – $35,000
˗ Marian Medical Center Foundation – $37,699
˗ Postpartum Education for Parents – $10,000
˗ Santa Barbara Family Care Center – $60,929
Civic Engagement — Services in this cluster will engage individuals in the civic life of our communities and develop the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference. Through these programs, individuals will be promoting the quality of life in their respective communities through volunteer support and by collective action.
˗ Allan Hancock College Foundation – $40,000
˗ Anti-Defamation League – $25,000
˗ Hospice of Santa Barbara for Alliance for Living and Dying Well – $68,600
˗ Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) – $75,000
˗ Santa Barbara Partners in Education – $75,000
˗ Central Coast Literacy Council – $40,000