Funded by the City of Santa Barbara and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture, these programs provide grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations to support arts and cultural programming in the City of Santa Barbara.

There are three different types of grants available; please select the best fit for your organization and/or program:

  • Community Arts
  • Events & Festivals
  • Organizational Development

To be eligible for a City Grant your organization must provide programs or services within the Santa Barbara City Limits. All first time applicants must attend a grant workshop. To register for a workshop or for more information go to the Workshops and Training page.

Click here to go to the online Grants Portal


Community Arts grants are designed to support specific projects by arts organizations or individual artists who have a partnership with an arts or educational non-profit organization. The program supports projects that increase accessibility to the arts for under-served communities. The grant committee encourages proposals that focus on youth and families. Projects considered for this program must occur between October 1, and September 30, annually. The maximum amount of a Community Arts Grant is $6,000.

Apply online
CA Reference Application
CA Reference Evaluation
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Applications will be accepted until April 1 at 5:00 pm

Information for Current CA Grantees


Santa Barbara based non-profit organizations that produce and/or manage events, festivals, or innovative programming series during the shoulder season are encouraged to apply for the Community Events & Festivals Grant Program. The program supports quality community events that enhance the cultural life of Santa Barbara and attracts tourism to the City in after Labor Day and before Memorial Day. The Community Events & Festivals Committee assists in the developing, reviewing, and recommending grant proposals to the City Council to support events for residents and visitors.

Apply online
EF Reference Application
EF Reference Evaluation
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Applications will be accepted until May 1 at 5:00 pm

Information for Current EF Grantees


The Organizational Development Grant Program allows organizations flexibility in utilizing this grant to build capacity, plan strategically, and remain stable and vibrant. Organizations of all size and all artistic disciplines are welcome to be a part of this grant process. Organizations that wish to apply must be a non-profit, 501(c)(3), and be located in the City of Santa Barbara.

Apply online
OD Reference Application
OD Reference Evaluation
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Applications will be accepted until March 1 at 5:00 pm

Information for Current OD Grantees