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Since 2018, SBEF has awarded 233 grants to SB Unified teachers.


SBEF has awarded over $375,000 in funding to SB Unified teachers.


Students impacted during the 2020-21 school year.

Our Teacher Grant Program closed October 31st at 5pm.  Decisions will be emailed out by December 1, 2022.

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. 


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, incentives/awards, instruments, consultants, PPE, and software/technology (that has not been pre-approved by the SBUSD ETS department).

WHO MAY APPLY: We invite grant applications from all credentialed staff in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, TK/K- 12th grade, including charter schools.

FUNDING AND GRANT CYCLE: In this cycle, we will have three funding categories: grants up to $500, grants up to $2,500, and grants up to $5,000.

 REVIEW PROCESS: The grant proposals are evaluated by a review committee, made up of SBEF Board Members, SB Unified Principals,  SBUSD teachers, and community members.

REPORTS AND EVALUATIONS: Grant recipients will be asked to submit a final report with original or electronic receipts no later than June 1, 2023, via a google form located on our webpage.  Please note if a final report is not submitted, you are not eligible to apply for a grant the following year.

Please contact Programs Manager, Katie Szopa with questions regarding the application at [email protected] or 805-284-9125.


  • Can one teacher apply for all three grants? YES, but you must submit an application for each request.  You can only receive one grant.
  • Can you apply for a grant if you received one last year? YES, teachers who received a grant in previous years are eligible to apply again (unless a final report was not submitted).
  • Does my principal need to sign off on the grant? YES, and we will contact all principals to confirm they have signed off and approved any online curriculum/platforms.
  • Is there a minimum funding request? NO.
  • When will I be notified if I DO receive a grant? By December 1 via email.
  • Will I be notified if I DO NOT receive a grant? YES, by December 1 via email.
  • Will I need to attend an award ceremony?  YES, there will be an award ceremony held in January 2023.  Specifics TBD.
  • How will the funds be distributed? We will issue reimbursement checks or pay for items directly once a cost list has been approved.


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