Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Santa Barbara County Food Action Network Food System Resilience Grants are given to support the achievement of Food Action Plan goals by contributing to the broader food systems of Santa Barbara County. In the near term, organizations supported by these funds will be able to activate and expand their current objectives. In the longer term, funds will collectively build a resilient countywide food system. The collective action of food system change makers will build the solutions they need now.
Published in 2016, the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan is a community-driven strategic plan that assesses and provides recommendations for how they grow, distribute, consume, and dispose of food. Spearheaded by the Community Environmental Council and the Food bank of Santa Barbara County, more than 200 community members put in over 1,200 hours of volunteer guidance to produce a roadmap for food system resilience for generations to come.
In the following years, the Community Environmental Council and Food bank of Santa Barbara County continued spearheading efforts to carry forward Food Action Plan goals. In 2019, the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network (SBCFAN) was launched to connect, align, and activate countywide food system actors to develop a robust local food economy, a healthy and just community, and a well-stewarded, resilient food shed.
The funds, provided by the Santa Barbara Foundation, are awarded by the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network through a process of research, planning, due diligence and evaluation. The network consults with an external volunteer committee whose expertise ensures an equitable and impact driven approach to the review process.
The maximum award for SBCFAN grants is $25,000, with no minimum requirement. The grant period is up to one year from the award date.
Grants will be available to nonprofit organizations providing programs or services that address and/or achieve one or more of the Food Action Plan Goals. Funding can be used for one of two areas:
Priority will be given to organizations that:
Grants are not awarded for the following purposes or activities: