Funding through Aware & Prepare


Projects Funded

Over 40 projects and programs have been supported directly by Aware & Prepare, and various other projects and programs have been supported through the establishment of relationships in the community. An investment of over $5-million has been made since 2008 to fulfill the mission of Aware & Prepare.

Funding Structure Moving Forward

Ongoing funding opportunities related to Aware & Prepare must be in line with the strategies of the Santa Barbara County Operational Area through the Emergency Manager’s Committee (EMC) and the Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD). Organizations and agencies MUST be within Santa Barbara County to be eligible, and be members of either of the aforementioned groups. Applicants must demonstrate a history of collaborating on preparedness efforts with key nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Santa Barbara County, and new requests must fall into one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Public Education & Awareness
  • Preparedness (Governmental and Non-Governmental)
  • Emergency Public Information
  • Volunteers
  • Authority, Management and Operational Area Coordination
  • Resources and Personnel


For more information on VOAD, please visit their website at To contact the Emergency Manager’s Committee, please contact Richard Abrams from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management via email at or via phone at (805) 681-5526

If, after reviewing the information above, you feel you are a good candidate to submit an application for Aware & Prepare funds, please review the Granting Guidelines and then initiate the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process by clicking here