Donation / Volunteer Request

In order to be considered for a 2020 grant or sponsorship, all applications must be submitted before August 31, 2020. 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, 2020. Preference will be given based on CRA qualification and banking relationship.

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.


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


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

*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. We are receiving an increased amount of applications and would like to assist as many of our nonprofit partners as possible. 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. If you have a designated program or need that you would like us to consider, please include as much detail as possible about how you’ll use the funds and who will benefit. If you need funding for general operating costs, please visit to learn about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Click to Apply Sponsorship – for an event sponsorship or any type of sponsorship that has marketing value
Click to Apply Community Dividends Grant – for support of programs, services or general organizational funding.
* Community Dividends applications are now closed. The application will reopen in January 2021.
Click to Apply Volunteers – if you need volunteers for an event or program

For more information, contact Ashleigh Davis, Community Outreach Supervisor at (805) 963-7511.

Our Mission

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

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

Volunteer Services

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.

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