The Foundation’s mission is to support historic preservation activities in the Santa Barbara community, including but not limited to the preservation of the Santa Barbara Club’s historic clubhouse.  Based upon the requirements associated with the Foundation’s tax-exempt status, requests for funding for physical improvements to structures ordinarily must demonstrate both enhancement of an historic structure and public access to the area enhanced.  For example, a project restoring the exterior of an historic structure facing a city street demonstrably has public access and passively promotes public education about the city’s history.  At the other end of the spectrum, a project restoring interior rooms of a privately-owned structure that is not regularly opened to the public at large would be unlikely to qualify unless the proposal were accompanied by a plan for regular public access and educational efforts.  Improvements to infrastructure of an historic structure may be considered depending on findings associated with public benefit.  The Foundation also may consider projects that are educational in other ways, such as historical research projects aimed at publication.
The Foundation’s Trustees consider projects on a priority basis, meaning that proposals will be reviewed periodically and funding will be made available to meritorious projects consistent with availability of funds.
Should you wish to propose a project for funding, please provide a written description of the project that addresses the Foundation’s criteria and includes a detailed summary of specifications, costs, and other details as may be available.  All proposals should be directed to President of the Board of Trustees, Santa Barbara Club Preservation Foundation, 1105 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101.

Current Project

Kitchen Renovation – Phase 1
The Club’s kitchen is more than a quarter century old and is serious need of renovation. The Club Directors requested that the Foundation support Phase 1 of the kitchen renovation since Phase 1 is almost entirely involved with the exterior of the historic building. The Trustees unanimously voted to commit to funding Phase 1 and are now raising funds for this project.

Thank you to our donors

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Future Project

Santa Barbara Club History Book
A project to produce a complete history of the Club’s history has been proposed both to preserve the history for current and future club members and to make that history, which is an important part of the history of the city, available to any other interested people and institutions. The Foundation has agreed to provide initial seed funding and fund-raising for this important project is underway.


Past Project

Restoration of Clubhouse Front Steps and Entry
In early 2016 the Trustees of the Foundation considered a proposal from the Club for restoration of the front steps and foyer of the clubhouse, which was damaged due to age and was in need of repair.  The Trustees found the project consistent with the Foundation’s mission and criteria for funding and funded this project as an immediate priority. This project was completed in 2016.