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.

The 2022-23 cycle will open on October 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. 


Grant Application Webinar (recommended for first time applicants) led by SBUSD teacher and past grant recipient Tracy Womack

Thursday October 6th at 4pm

Topic: SBEF Grant hints and tips
Time: Oct 6, 2022 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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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 for a teacher 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? During the month of November via email.
  • Will I be notified if I DO NOT receive a grant? YES, during the month of November 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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