The Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and the Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide funders’ collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable. This COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County will provide over $1 million in assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively assisting members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The full extent of the impact this pandemic will have on our community remains to be seen; however, it is clear already that the needs of our community members and the organizations serving them will be substantial,” said Steve Ortiz, president and CEO, United Way of Santa Barbara County.

The Joint Response Effort will align and coordinate efforts, collect and share information, and distribute financial resources on a rolling basis. Together, they will mobilize funds to rapidly meet community needs. Nonprofits can submit applications through the collaborative COVID-19 Nonprofit Grant Intake packet (preferred method) and/or to individual funders through their application processes.

Funding selections will prioritize the following:  

Individual financial need to help struggling community members secure and maintain basic needs, cover unexpected childcare and education expenses, and recover from loss of wages due to business closures and social distancing measures.

Meeting increased service demand for organizations serving Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable populations impacted by widespread shutdown of schools and childcare facilities, and social distancing measures impacting places of employment.

Operational capacity and business continuity to provide unrestricted funding for organizations to carry out their missions and adjust business models to meet the needs of their staff and clients.

“With leadership from the Santa Barbara Foundation and the United Way of Santa Barbara County, the local foundation community has joined forces and combined resources to respond to many of the nonprofit sector’s critical and immediate needs. It is imperative, at this time, for funders to be working in collaborative nature to not only address immediate needs, but to also plan for the future,” said Tom Parker, President of the Hutton Parker Foundation.

Donations can be made at United Way at or at the Santa Barbara Foundation at


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