Donation / Volunteer Request

Our Mission

To make the communities we serve better places to live and work.

In order to be considered for a 2021 grant or sponsorship, all applications must be submitted before August 31, 2021. Consideration is only given to nonprofits in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Applications must be received at least 60 days prior to the event date, if applicable, and please allow at least 6-8 weeks from the event date for the review process to take place. Community Dividends grant requests will be reviewed starting September 1st, 2021. Preference will be given based on CRA qualification and banking relationship.


To be eligible, you must be a registered nonprofit organization in good standing, operating within our service areas. Preference is given to organization's whose mission aligns with our focus areas.

Our Focus

To support organizations or programs within organizations which primarily serve low- and moderate-income individuals and families in our communities. Other focus areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Health & Medical
  • Social Services
  • Youth & Education

Service Areas

  • Carpinteria
  • Camarillo
  • Goleta
  • Montecito
  • Santa Barbara
  • Solvang
  • Ventura
  • Westlake Village
Instructions – Read Carefully

Carefully read the instructions for a donation request to ensure that all the information you provide is thorough and accurate.

You will be asked to supply basic information about your organization and specific details about your sponsorship, grant or volunteer needs. You will not have the option to save the application, so please be ready to submit when you begin filling it out. As an extra precaution, consider typing some of your answers in a word document and then transfer the information to avoid losing it.

Required Documents

Prior to completing your application, please have the following documents ready to submit:

  • 501c3 IRS designation letter
  • Signed W-9 form
  • Sponsorship levels and a donation request letter
  • Any documents that can be used for low- and moderate-income (LMI) verification to show that your organization, or the event for which you are fundraising, serves the LMI community
COVID-19 Requests

We understand that fundraising efforts have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19 and that simultaneously there has been a greater need for services and community assistance during this time.

If you have a designated program or need that you would like us to consider prior to the Community Dividends application reopening in June, please submit the Sponsorship application below. If you are applying for COVID-19 support, it’s important that you be specific about how your organization has been impacted by the pandemic outside of general operating costs. Please include as much detail as possible about how you’ll use the funds and who will benefit.

Multiple Requests during the Year

If the organization plans to ask for multiple event or grant donations throughout the year, please submit each one separately, but do so at the same time. The maximum annual sponsorship and grant amounts range from $2,500 to $10,000 total for the calendar year so please keep that in mind when submitting. Some exceptions may apply.


We do our very best to accommodate all the volunteer requests we receive, but with a staff of 200 associates from Solvang to Westlake, resources can be limited. Please allow at least 6-8 weeks for the recruitment process. This provides us enough time to approve the request and reach out to our team and see how many of them are willing to donate their time. Volunteer services are reserved specifically for non-profit clients who have a banking relationship with Montecito Bank & Trust.


Please choose the application from the list below that best suits your organization's request.

Sponsorship Application

Sponsorship – for an event sponsorship or any type of sponsorship that has marketing value

Community Dividends Application

Community Dividends Grant – for support of programs, services or general organizational funding.
*2021 Community Dividends applications are now closed. Applications will reopen in 2022.

Volunteer Request

Volunteers – if you need volunteers for an event or program
*Our volunteer program is currently on hold due to COVID-19.

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