arts making impact grant cycle Fall 2019-20

GRANT links

Apply Online
AMI Reference Application
Grants Portal Documentation
AMI Grant Credit Logos
Register for a Grant Workshop


Grant Application Available
July 12

Grant Workshops
Aug. 6 Santa Maria
Aug. 7 Buellton
Aug. 8 Santa Barbara

Grant Application Due
Oct. 1

Grant Awards Announced
February 2020

Grant Cycle
February 1-December 31, 2020

The Arts Making Impact (AMI) formerly Community Arts Enrichment grant program is a partnership between the County Arts Commission and Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation; it is intended to support artists and arts and culture organizations by funding projects and a variety of activities that enrich the lives of residents in communities throughout Santa Barbara County. A total of $50,000 is available each cycle. Grant Requests Range: $1000 to $5,000

first-time applicants are required to attend a workshop to apply. grant workshops are free, but require advance registration. click here to register

program goals


AMi projects may support new or innovative projects and joint/collaborative efforts that leverage community resources, additional funding, and community support.


AMI projects may be used to increase community engagement and provide greater and more diverse participation in the arts, and integrate the arts into learning environments for children and young adults.


Grant proposals that build beneficial partnerships and collaborations to help eliminate current barriers to cultural activities— such as access to transportation, materials, artists, music, and art instruction to rural youth and under-served communities are encouraged. 

staff contact

Hannah Rubalcava, Grants & Contracts Manager

2019 disaster relief grant program: Application closed

Disaster Relief Grant Awards were announced in June 2019

The County of Santa Barbara received a one-time Disaster Relief Grant from the CA Arts council and the national endowment for the arts for creative professionals and nonprofits who sustained economic losses as a result of the Thomas Fire and/or 1/9 Debris Flow.

To learn about how state and federal arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit and

Click here for Additional Resources for Artists and Cultural Practitioners Impacted by Natural and Man-Made Disasters