Are you a part of a local non-profit serving Goleta residents or know someone who is? If so, the city of Goleta has more than $100,000 in grant funds for which you can apply. 

Online applications are now accepted for both Goleta City Grant and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs. This year, the application period has been extended through Feb. 7, 2020, in order to accommodate the busy end-of-year period for non-profit organizations.

The City Council has set aside approximately $100,000 in general fund money for the Goleta City Grant Program. 

Recipients of this grant may receive up to $5,000 for programs that benefit Goleta residents and the general community. Organizations involved in educational and cultural activities, such as music, art, dance, and recreation, as well as Goleta-oriented special events and regional projects that enhance and support the quality of life in Goleta are encouraged to apply.

Each year, the city sets aside a portion of its Community Development Block Grant funding to support non-profits serving low-income residents, seniors, and those experiencing homelessness. CDBG funds are dispersed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which strictly regulates the use of funds. 

The city reserves these funds for agencies who qualify for CDBG funding, serve the goals of the city’s 5-Year Consolidated Plan, and apply for a minimum of $10,000. The city distributed more than $33,000 to public services from its CDBG allocation in fiscal 2019-20.

Grant applications for both programs are accepted online via the ZoomGrants program

Once all applications are received, a committee consisting of the mayor, mayor pro tempore, and two Goleta residents appointed by the mayor will evaluate the applications and make funding recommendations to the City Council. 

The council will award the grants at a meeting in the spring, likely in May.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help your non-profit or community group. Visit for additional information on both grant programs, or contact Dominique Samario in the Goleta Neighborhood Services and Public Safety Department at 805.690.5126 or