The Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation

The Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) registered entity founded in 1996 and funded by bequests and ongoing contributions from members of the Rotary Club of Montecito.  The Foundation board of directors consists of club members including Foundation President John Lucchetti.

Community Grants Program

Each year the The Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation awards community grants to qualifying Santa Barbara County non-profit organizations, with a particular focus on projects serving the Montecito area specifically.  Foundation grants contribute to our community by maintaining historical sites, supporting social service organizations, and preserving our local environment.

Individual grants range from $1,000 to $1,500.  To date our Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 in assistance to our community.

The 2020 grant cycle

The deadline for this year's application (Tuesday, September 15, 2020) has passed.  Applications are currently under review.  
Grant requirements
  • The Annual Community Grants Program targets project or program specific requests.
  • Priority is given to local organizations or projects that serve the Montecito area specifically.
  • The grants program does not fund capital projects or provide general operating support.
  • The grants program only funds future projects, not projects that have already been completed.
Eligibility requirements
  • Qualifying organizations must have a 501 (c)(3) IRS determination. 
  • A member of the Rotary Club of Montecito must sponsor each grant request and be personally engaged in some capacity with the organization, e.g. volunteer, donor, committee member or board member. A Rotarian may sponsor up to two grants per year.
Key dates for 2020 community grants program 
  • July 24 - Applications available on the Rotary Club of Montecito web site
  • Sept 15 - Deadline to apply for funding in 2020.
  • Mid October - Foundation finalizes funding decisions and notifies applicants.
  • Nov. 17 - Awards presented at a Rotary meeting.

Past Recipients of Community Grants

Former grant recipients represent a wide range of social and cultural organizations including:  Casa Del Herrero, Crescend Health, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Boy Scouts of America, Explore Ecology, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Santa Barbara Firefighters, Santa Barbara Food Bank, Domestic Violence Solutions, Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP), Santa Barbara Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE), Montecito Education Foundation (MUS), Los Padres Forest Association, Montecito Trails Foundation, Friends of the Montecito Library, The Squire Foundation, Villa Majella, and many more.

Our most recent grant recipients (2019) were:

  • CADA, Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
  • Carpinteria Valley Little League
  • Cielo Foundation
  • Friendship Adult Day Care Center, Inc.
  • Hospice of Santa Barbara
  • Girls Rock SB
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Santa Barbara Choral Society
  • Santa Barbara Police Activities League (PAL)
  • ShelterBox USA
  • Teacher’s Fund
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • Westmont College – Music Department
  • United Way of Santa Barbara County