The Fund for Santa Barbara has announced its 2019 Multi-Year and Fall Grant Award recipients and invites the community to celebrate at its Fall Grant Awards Celebration, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 10. at the Minerva Club, 27 W. Boone St., Santa Maria.

The Fund for Santa Barbara is a nonprofit community foundation advancing progressive change by strengthening movements for social, political, economic, and environmental justice. The fund makes grants to community groups and coalitions across the region supporting long-term movements and emerging needs as one of five core strategies toward its mission.

The event offers a time to honor the work of grassroots-led organizations working for social, economic, environmental, and political change in Santa Barbara County.

The Grant Awards Celebration will feature local music, food and drinks, and a chance to hear from the grant recipients directly.

RSVPs are requested online at
The FUND awarded grants to the following organizations:

Multi-Year Grants – $30,000 for three years
    CAUSE / Building Leadership and Organizing in Our Neighborhoods – $10,000 per year for three years.
    Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center / Community Organizing through the Cuyama Valley Community Association – $10,000 per year for three years.
    Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) / General Operating Support for Farmworker Organizing and Linguistic Justice and Access – $10,000 per year for three years.
Single-Year Grants – $95,000

     Environmental Defense Center / Protecting Our Communities and Environment from Onshore Oil Threats – $10,000.
     Equalitech / Digital and Language Literacy Program – $10,000.
     Get Out, Stay Out/Vamos Afuera – $10,000.
     House of Pride and Equality (HOPE) / Women’s March of Santa Maria Valley 2020 – $6,000.
     Independent Living Resource Center / Santa Barbara Disability and Aging Action Day (SBDAAD) – $1,020.
     Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara – Showers of Blessing / Dignity on Wheels! Adding Purpose and Meaning Through Work – $10,000.
     Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County / Preventing Immigration Scams – $10,000.
     Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee – $2,500.
     Organizacion en California de Lideres Campesinas / Farmworker Women Addressing and Preventing Sexual Violence in the Workplace – $10,000.
     Planned Parenthood California Central Coast – $10,000.
     Santa Barbara Lower Westside Community Center (El Centro) / Capacity Building – $10,000.
     True Nature Society – Quail Springs Permaculture / Supporting Cuyama Valley’s Young Advocates – $5,480.

— Stanley Tzankov for The Fund for Santa Barbara.