Donation / Volunteer Request

In order to be considered for a 2018 grant or sponsorship, all applications must be submitted before August 31, 2018. 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. Grant requests may take additional time. Preference will be given based on CRA qualification and banking relationship.

Multiple Requests during the Year

If your 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 typically range from $1,000 to $10,000 total for the calendar year so please keep that in mind when submitting. The total of all requests should not exceed these amounts. Some exceptions may apply.


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

There are two pages in the application. This first page will ask for basic information about your organization. The second page will ask for 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.

Donation Type

The donation type is an important detail taken into consideration during the review process. Please be sure to choose the best option for your request on Page 1.

  • Sponsorship – for an event sponsorship or any type of sponsorship that has marketing value
  • Grant – for support of programs, services or general organizational funding*
  • Volunteers – if you need volunteers for an event or program

* Grant requests are closed for 2018. We will begin accepting Community Dividends applications again in 2019.

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

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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:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Arts & Culture
  • Emergency Services
  • Environment
  • 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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