SBPCA provides support via its Mini Grants program to assist Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) serving around the world with projects needing funding in their communities of service. Emphasis is placed on projects that address a true community need, show community support and involvement, will have many beneficiaries, and will have a continuing benefit to the community after the project has been completed.
Applications are accepted year-round and evaluated on an as-received basis.
SBPCA provides Mini Grants funding to these PCVs in two ways:
1) Directly to PCVs who have either
(a) lived in or have an established connection to Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, or San Luis Obispo County, or
(b) have been recommended by an active member of SBPCA;
2) Through the Peace Corps Partnership Program.
Applications are reviewed as received. Applicants need to be aware that the evaluation process includes communication between the SBPCA Board and applicants, and we are likely to have follow-up questions after reviewing applications. Applicants should be sure to include a current email address with their contact information. The review process is likely to take between a few weeks to a couple months, depending on how often an applicant is able to check email and how responsive s/he is to communications from us.