new in 2019: disaster relief grant program

The County of Santa Barbara received federal funding to establish a one-time Disaster Relief Grant program for creative professionals and nonprofits who sustained economic losses as a result of the Thomas Fire and/or 1/9 Debris Flow. Please note that this funding is designated specifically for arts and culture community members impacted by the aforementioned disasters. We encourage all artists, cultural practitioners, and nonprofits to review the following information regarding additional disaster relief, resilience and preparedness resources available to our community.

Additional Resources for Artists and Cultural Practitioners Impacted by Natural and Man-Made Disasters

This process is overseen by the County Arts Commission. It is made possible by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn about how state and federal arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit and

program goals

The goal of this grant program is to help individual artists, cultural practitioners and small nonprofits (with an annual operating budget less than $500,000) economically impacted by the Thomas Fire and/or 1/9 Debris Flow. Applicants must live or work in the following areas of Santa Barbara County: Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and Santa Barbara. The funding will support basic and arts-related needs. Artists can be employed part-time or on a freelance basis to qualify. Applicants who live or work elsewhere in the County are also eligible as long as they also live or work in the listed geographical region.

Application Opens: January 9, 2019
Deadline to apply: March 15, 2019

Awards announced: May 2019


Technical grant application workshops will be available in both Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. Please see information below. Attendance is not required, but is recommended.

Santa Barbara Grant Workshop
Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Planning Commission Hearing Room (Engineering Building)
123 E Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Carpinteria Grant Workshop
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Carpinteria Arts Center
855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013

how to apply

Guidelines and the required items are all included in the grant application forms which can be downloaded by clicking the appropriate link below.

Performing/Visual Artists and Creative Professionals

Individuals may apply for disaster relief funding by downloading and completing application form. Applications may be submitted via email or mail; instructions are included on the form. The Arts Commission encourages any creative professional who experienced a loss of income due to the disasters to apply for support.

Click here to download the Application Form for Creative Professionals

Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit organizations may apply for disaster relief funding either through the Community Grants Portal or may submit via email or mail; instructions are included on the grant application form.

Click here to download the Non-Profit Organization Application Form
Click here to go to the Community Grants Portal

If you have any questions, please contact:
Hannah Rubalcava, Grants & Contracts Manager

Download the Flyer to distribute here

Donate to the Disaster Relief Fund for Santa Barbara County Artists and Cultural Practitioners

arts making impact grant cycle in Fall 2019

The Arts Making Impact (AMI) formerly Community Arts Enrichment grant program is a partnership between the County Arts Commission and Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation; it is intended to support artists and arts and culture organizations by funding projects and a variety of activities that enrich the lives of residents in communities throughout Santa Barbara County. A total of $50,000 is available each cycle. Grant Requests Range: $500 to $5,000

program goals


AMI projects may support new or innovative projects and joint/collaborative efforts that leverage community resources, additional funding, and community support.


AMI projects may be used to increase community engagement and provide greater and more diverse participation in the arts, and integrate the arts into learning environments for children and young adults.


Grant proposals that build beneficial partnerships and collaborations to help eliminate current barriers to cultural activities— such as access to transportation, materials, artists, music, and art instruction to rural youth and under-served communities are encouraged. 

This grant is currently closed. Guidelines and application for the 2019 grant cycle will be available Spring of 2019
AMI Reference Application
Community Grants Portal Reference Documentation
Apply Online
AMI Grant Credit Logos

staff contact

Hannah Rubalcava, Grants & Contracts Manager