The Santa Barbara Better Together (SBBT) Fund Small Business Grant Program was recently started — in partnership with the city of Goleta, Santa Barbara Foundation and Deckers Brands — providing grants for Goleta’s small businesses. The program is is a formative step in the city’s economic relief and recovery efforts.
Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7.
The city of Goleta and Santa Barbara Foundation Santa Barbara Better Together Fund each contributed $50,000 to create the Goleta-specific small business grant program.
The partnership will support grants from the SBBT Fund of up to $10,000 per grant to qualifying local Goleta small businesses as they reopen and adapt to operating under proper public health guidelines due to COVID-19. Grant awards are available to eligible businesses until funds have been depleted.
The SBBT Fund was set up at the Santa Barbara Foundation in March as a committee-advised fund with an initial $500,000 donation from Deckers Brands. The goal is to provide financial assistance grants to small local businesses with emphasis in support of basic needs. This will enable small businesses to continue operations in the short term, while navigating the effects of COVID-19.
With support from the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, outreach will be comprehensive with significant efforts to reach minority-owned businesses. Also, priority will be given, but not limited to, childcare, to-go food service, service industry, and outdoor dining businesses.
For further details, review the SBBT Small Business Grant Program guidelines at www.sbfoundation.org/covid-19-business-community-resources/.
For more information and to apply, visit SBFoundation.org and grantsportal.sbfoundation.org/accounts/register.