County Offers Disaster Relief Funding for the Arts

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County Offers Disaster Relief Funding for the Arts
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Source: County of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is announcing a new Disaster Relief Grant Program, disbursing more than $30,000 to support artists and small arts and cultural organizations impacted by the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow. The application is available online at Submissions are due no later than March 15, 2019.

The Disaster Relief grants are stewarded by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture was awarded the funding by the California Arts Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts as part of a statewide initiative. The grant is intended to help artists and organization recoup lost income or damaged materials.

The funding is designated for individual artists and cultural organizations based in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria. To be eligible, organizations must be not-for-profit with an annual operating budget under $500,000. The application is designed to be brief and accessible, and recipients will be notified in May of 2019.

The County Office of Arts and Culture will host information sessions at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 in the County’s Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E Anapamu St., Santa Barbara 93101, and at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Carpinteria Arts Center, 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria 93013.

“We recognize the immense economic impact of the disasters and hope this funding can be another way that the County supports our arts and culture community during the recovery process,” said County First District Supervisor Das Williams.


About the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission:

Formed in 1977, the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission is a 15-member body appointed by the Board of Supervisors to act as coordinator and catalyst, bringing government, artists, and the public together for the cultural benefit of all. The Arts Commission has several important functions, including making recommendations for the Percent for the Arts program; serving on grant panels for the Arts Making Impact grant awards, and helping to generate cultural arts policy for county constituents.

About The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture:

As the State Local Partner of the California Arts Council, the SBCOAC serves as the regional governmental umbrella for arts and culture projects and programs within Santa Barbara County. A division of the County’s Community Services Department, the office represents a longstanding partnership between the County of Santa Barbara and the City of Santa Barbara. For more than 30 years, both governments have shared resources and staff to maximize support for Santa Barbara arts and culture institutions, programs, initiatives, and projects. For more information, visit

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sbtraveler Jan 23, 2019 03:12 PM
County Offers Disaster Relief Funding for the Arts

re: first responder benefits--AGREED. But aren't all assistance programs boondoggles that benefit some segment of the population while being paid for by someone else? I pay property taxes and have no children. We are about to see a proposal to increase taxes to provide health insurance for illegal aliens. Why don't we extend coverage to North Korea while we are at it.........

sbtraveler Jan 21, 2019 10:54 AM
County Offers Disaster Relief Funding for the Arts

i agree that very little has been done to help the small businesses from the impacts of the fire and subsequent floods, but niggling over giving $30K to small arts groups who lost revenue due to having to cancel performances during the various closures seems pretty small-minded. Millions have been raised to go to first responders, most of whom are paid enormous salaries.

RHS Jan 21, 2019 09:43 AM
County Offers Disaster Relief Funding for the Arts

Yacht is right about this one. Really, this is almost certainly direct patronage of specific interests rather than a broad community assistance program. It smells of pork and bad ethics.

yacht rocked Jan 20, 2019 07:13 PM
County Offers Disaster Relief Funding for the Arts

Nothing like spending $10K to give away $30K of taxpayer money. What about barbers and auto mechanics and retail businesses affected by the Thomas Fire and Debris Flow - where's their taxpayer-funded grant money? Sigh.

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