The Santa Barbara Education Foundation funds grants once a year to support the purchase of much-needed supplies and tools, as well as to encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.



The submission period for the 2019-20 application will open on October 1st.  We will have updated information for the next grant cycle by the beginning of September.   If you have any questions, please contact



WHAT WE FUND:  Project-based supplies for innovative programs or curriculum development in the classrooms, student field trips, technology, instructional tools, and general supplies.  **(if the teacher is requesting software, the principal must check with ETS to make sure the software is allowed and compatible.)

WHAT WE DO NOT FUND:  We do not fund professional development or instruments.

WHO MAY APPLY:  We invite grant applications from all teachers and librarians in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, TK/K- 12th grade.


 REVIEW PROCESS:  The grant proposals are evaluated by a review committee, which is appointed on an annual basis, made up of SBEF Board Members, SB Unified Principals, and teachers.

REPORTS AND EVALUATIONS:  Grant recipients will be asked to submit a final report with original or electronic receipts by May 1, 2020 via email to or mail to:

Katie Szopa, Programs Associate

Santa Barbara Education Foundation

1330 State Street, Suite 201

Santa Barbara, CA 93101


All applications are due NO LATER than 4pm PST on Friday, November 30, 2018. Applicants will receive a confirmation email within 3 days of submitting the application.  Teachers will be informed if they have been awarded a grant during the month of December.  The checks for grant awards up to $5,000 and $1,500 will be provided to the teachers after documentation is received in the form of cost estimates and price lists.  For the $250 grants, SBEF will issue a reimbursement check after receipts are submitted. 



  • Can one teacher apply for all three grants? YES, but you must submit an application for each request.
  • When will I be notified if I DO receive a grant? During the month of December via email.
  • Will I be notified if I DO NOT receive a grant? YES, during the month of December via email.
  • Does my principal need to sign off on the grant? YES
  • Is there a minimum funding request? NO