January 11, 2021
As we move into 2021 with the COVID 19 virus and its impacts very much still with us, the Foundation will continue to make COVID related funding a focus. Last year, the Foundation made just under $800,000 in COVID related grants, mostly to meet the needs of the most vulnerable families in our community. We worked in partnership with critical non-profit organizations; other funders, in particular the United Way of Santa Barbara County; and government agencies, including SB County Public Health and local school districts, to address those needs in a strategic and coordinated fashion wherever that was possible.
Many of those grants can be found on our grants page in the Community Priorities section. In some cases the greatest needs and therefore the work were outside of our traditional funding area of the Santa Barbara South Coast.
We anticipate that we will maintain this same approach in the first half of 2021, with perhaps less of a focus on filling in needs in and around the provision of health care, and more on meeting the financial and other needs of families during this time, and supporting the educational system as we can and where that makes sense.
With any luck, we all will be turning the COVID corner mid-year, and our funding attention will turn to addressing the residual impact of the pandemic on mental health and wellness, student achievement and in other areas.
There is no set cycle for COVID grants. If you have an idea that you think fits, please contact us. As always, we are open to your comments and questions.