The Downtown Santa Barbara team has compiled a list of resources, grants and opportunities to support your business. We hope you find them helpful!
All 2021 Grants Now Open for Application
First deadline is this coming Tuesday, February 2, for Impact Projects
The California Arts Council’s 2021 grant funding has been streamlined, allocating funding to meet the greatest needs of the field during this challenging time. Funding is aligned with three categories and six specific grant offerings, including new grants for general operating support for organizations and fellowships to support the creative practice of individual artists, as well as continued support for project-based activities.

Click the individual grant opportunity links below for application and eligibility details.

2021 California Arts Council Grants

Up to $18,000 for collaborative projects that center artists and artistic practice in responding to issues currently faced by California’s communities, prioritizing projects of small organizations. Applicants with project-based activities supported by prior Arts Council grants are encouraged to review the Impact Projects guidelines.

Up to $50,000 for high-quality arts education and artists-in-residence programs for priority youth and young people impacted by the justice system.

Up to $30,000 in operational relief funding for arts and cultural organizations who have experienced economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritizing small organizations.

Up to $35,000 in support of arts service organizations providing practical resources for the communities they serve.

Support to a single partner organization to administer unrestricted rapid relief funding for artists and cultural practitioners of color facing dire economic consequences due to the COVID-19 on behalf of the CAC. (Applications for individual artist and cultural practitioner grants will be announced through both the CAC and the partnered administering organization at a later date during the 2021 grant season.)

From $5,000 to $50,000 to recognize, uplift, and celebrate the creative practices of California artists at key career levels.
Downtown Business Spotlight is a virtual interview series, where we chat and get to know our Santa Barbara business owners. Join us for this interview series in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Independent, each Thursday at 3 PM.


TOPIC: Money Matters

Join Robin Elander in conversation with Janet Garufis (Montecito Bank & Trust), Nicki Parr (WEV), Clare Briglio (EDC Collaborative), and Miguel Avila (Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
Did you miss the last Downtown Business Spotlight?
Watch it below!
Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with Ninder Josan (Apna), Charlotte Andersen (Andersen’s Danish Bakery & Restaurant), Daniel Yoshimi & Jennifer Yannella (Brasil Arts Café) as they discuss their different restaurants.
State Street Promenade Market
Thursday, February 4, 3 - 7:30 PM
2021 Black History Month - The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

Monday, February 1, 2021, 5:00 PM 
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 6:00 PM
A Look Back at Pianos on State Street 2020
2020 Sponsors:

Foundational Sponsor: Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation

Leadership Sponsor: Santa Barbara Beautiful

Artist Sponsor: Santa Barbara Independent

Piano Sponsors: The Towbes Group, VOICE Magazine, Santa Barbara Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild, Downtown Santa Barbara, Inc.

2020 Artists: Solange Aguilar Ginny Brush, Eliesa Bollinger, Adrienne DeGuevara, Judy Nilsen, Wanda Venturelli, David Diamant, Stephen Harper, Jack Mohr Karen Putnam, with community members of all ages contributing

Irene Ramirez 2020 Performing Arts Venues: The Santa Barbara Bowl, The Lobero Theatre, The Community Arts Workshop, Center Stage Theatre, Marjorie Luke Theatre. SOHO Video produced by Threat Griffith.
VADA Projected Student Art Show at Lobero Theatre

The Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA) at Santa Barbara High School it will be hosting a virtual art show, projecting student artwork on the north-facing rear wall of the historic Lobero Theatre for three nights this week,
from 6pm-8pm, Friday-Sunday, February 5-7, 2021.
Various Business Resources

Montecito Bank & Trust is taking PPP applications from any business even if they are not a current client and have modified their application portal to make it as easy as possible. Learn more at 
As your performing arts venue been closed due to COVID? 
Learn more about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant ( that may be a good fit for your organization. 
WEV's COVID-19 Resources:  
Monthly Virtual Networking/ Empowerment Groups at WEV
For Spanish Speakers: Café Conexito every 4th Friday at 9:00am. For English Speakers: Strong Women, Strong Coffee every 3rd Friday at 9:00am. To register for this and other events:
Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board provides a monthly labor market update (includes unemployment and because of COVID-19 many of the resources we are sharing among us) from the information we receive from the State. If you'd like to be included in the distribution email
Want to explore a new location in Downtown SB to support your changing business needs? Reach out to Amy Cooper at to see what options are available and share what you're looking for. Learn more about the Santa Barbara Economic Development Collaborative and the work being done to retain and recruit great businesses to Downtown Santa Barbara at
Reminder: Before finalizing a new lease, City staff can provide info on: ADA/Accessibility, Restroom/Plumbing fixture requirements, storm water requirements (if there's a footprint change), and Fire Sprinkler requirements. If something new/unique is proposed, a free Planner Consultation can be provided. Visit the ACCELERATE Program page:
Have a business in Goleta as well as downtown SB? 
Here's a grant opportunity to explore or share with friends (Closing Monday)
Considering Laying off Employees?
Any businesses that are closing/potentially closing or laying off/furloughing employees should connect with Alma at She can provide resources and information to their affected workers and see if there are any other options we can provide to avoid from closing or laying off employees. 
Mental Health Resources and Info for Business Owners in Need: 
Times are nuts! Don't hesitate to ask for support from Downtown SB Staff or the resources below. There is no need to do this alone. 
SB Residents: 
For Ventura Residents: