Santa Barbara Bowl Outreach Awards Over $390K to Performing Arts Programs in 2018

March 6, 2019

Santa Barbara Bowl Closes 2018 Awards with Fall Grants, Launches Spring Grant Cycle

SANTA BARBARA – The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that $101,550 in grants has been awarded to the 2018 Outreach fall grant recipients bringing the Bowl’s total 2018 giving to more than $390K for local non-profit performing arts organizations.

The Board voted to approve fall 2018 grants based on recommendations from the Foundation’s Outreach Committee, after evaluating applications from schools, artists and not-for-profit organizations from across Santa Barbara County. Funded by generous private donations as well as a Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation contribution of $1 from every concert ticket sold, the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation has awarded $101,550 in grants to 20 recipients during this grant cycle.

In 2018, the Foundation’s Outreach programs awarded more than $390K in total giving to local programs, education and experiences, including spring 2018 grants which awarded $130K; Instrument Fund, $76K; Flash Grants and sponsorships, $62K; and Community Ticket Subsidy, $29K.

Bowl Outreach giving includes a broad array of programs that provide critical resources for expanding youth access to performing arts such as symposiums, arts advocacy, mentorship and needs-based financial support for arts education programs.

To qualify for an Outreach grant, the organization and/or program must focus on performing arts education. 2018 fall grant receipts include dedicated in-school programs such as Children’s Creative Project, Santa Barbara Dance Institute, and high school band programs. Afterschool programs continued to be an essential focus for both grant cycles, with funds going to organizations including Boxtales Theatre Company, Santa Barbara Strings, Youth Interactive, Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, Rock Shop Academy, Orcutt Children’s Art Foundation and Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra.

“Supporting local performing arts education is a top priority for the Bowl Foundation,” said Karen Kerns, Chair of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation Outreach Committee. “The inspiring work of these grant recipients wows us year-after-year and plays a vital role in our community. Plus, the contributions of local individuals, businesses, and other organizations ensure we can further support performing arts education.”

For 2019, the spring grant cycle full applications are due April 30, 2019. More information can be found at the Bowl’s Outreach pages.

For more information about supporting Bowl Outreach, please contact Kai Tepper, Program Manager, at (805) 308-9787 or

Budi Harlow provides creative arts programs to elementary school students through drumming and dance. The popular program, Drumming, Dancing, and Mindfulness, gives students development and understanding of their own creative process while providing key brain optimizing techniques.
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