Current Grantees

On May 6, 2020, the Women’s Fund awarded grants to nine local nonprofits totaling $685,000 from membership donations collected during 2019. These grants bring the total awarded to local nonprofits to nearly $7.9 million since the Women’s Fund was founded in 2004.
Supported by Women's Fund grants, the remarkable organizations described below will increase the number of underserved neighbors who have access to sight-restoring eye care and provide a state-of-the-art STEAM lab to inspire elementary school children. These grants will expand the reach of medical services and the healing power of a shower for our homeless population. They will provide services that enable seniors to live safely in their homes and have access to timely transportation services when they need them. They will provide legal services to help keep immigrant families together and bring the wonder of a library to children and families in local parks, community centers and neighborhoods.

Click on the photos below for a deeper dive into the grant purpose and to link to the agency.

Low-income seniors have a better chance of staying in their homes with onsite physical and mental health support.

2nd Story Associates

$ 100,000

Provide an on-site case management and health support team for low-income seniors.

Volunteers at Doctors Without Walls bring medical assistance to homeless people wherever they are - in parks, cars, shelters, on beaches, under freeways.

Doctors Without Walls - Santa Barbara Street Medicine

$ 60,000

Fund a daytime outreach specialist to expand the reach of medical volunteers helping homeless people.

In addition to scheduled trips, Easy Lift provides short-notice low-cost transportation for seniors and other individuals who cannot use public transport due to physical or mental challenges.

Easy Lift Transportation

$ 80,000

Enable same-day transportation services for eligible seniors and disabled people. 

A future engineer studies science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics at El Camino Elementary School’s STEAM lab.

Goleta Education Foundation

$ 65,000

Fund a state-of-the-art STEAM Lab at El Camino Elementary School.

The Immigrant Legal Defense Center provides free legal defense for immigrants facing deportation, with the goal of keeping families intact.

Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center - ILDC

$ 65,000

Partially fund an immigration attorney supporting volunteer lawyers representing families facing deportation.

The nationally recognized suicide prevention program “Sources of Strength” provides training and materials to cultivate supportive connections for students at three Santa Barbara High Schools.  Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens.

Santa Barbara Education Foundation

$ 90,000

Bring suicide prevention program “Sources of Strength” to 6,000 students and teachers at Santa Barbara High Schools.

A Library-on-the-Go brings the wonder of books to children and families unable to visit a library.

Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation

$ 100,000

Fund a Library-on-the-Go mobile van to provide information, training and library services for those with limited access

Low-income children and adults receive comprehensive eye exams, glasses and medicine at SEE International’s Santa Barbara Vision Care Program.

SEE International

$ 60,000

Update optometric equipment at the Santa Barbara Vision Care Program and Clinic, expanding free eye care for low-income patients.

Showers of Blessing’s mobile shower/bathroom units provide cleanliness – along with dignity and respect – for people who are homeless.

Showers of Blessing - Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County

$ 65,000

Purchase a mobile three-stall shower/bathroom trailer for people who are homeless.