If you are interested in joining Pro Deo’s family of partners, carefully consider the following before applying:


The Pro Deo & Pritchett Foundations make grants that predominately benefit children and youth suffering the effects of poverty and/or trauma. Our mission can be achieved in part by directing grant resources to projects and programs which align with our grant guidelines. We respond to grant requests initiated by a non-profit organization through our online application. We occasionally use a Request for Proposal (RFP) to target grants for programs and projects that best support the Foundation’s goals.

We have three categories of applications for organizations:

  • Local (serving the Santa Barbara County)
  • National (serving the United States)
  • International (serving the developing world)

Applicants may apply for a grant that best fits their geographic location.Organizations must submit an online application to be considered for funding. Organizations may only submit and/or receive one application per year. Grant funds may not be used to promote or engage in criminal acts of violence, terrorism, hate crimes, the destruction of any state, or discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion, military and veteran status, disability, sex, age, gender identity or sexual orientation, or support of any entity that engages in these activities.

The annual grant cycle begins May 1 and the application deadline is May 31.


There are 5 areas of funding for which an organization can apply. Please review the areas listed below to ensure your organization’s goals fall within one of these areas.

  1. Hunger relief and healthy eating: Providing charitable meals/snacks for low income individuals and families
  2. Health and human service: Providing medical screening, treatment, services, or shelters for low income children and families
  3. Child Recovery: Providing mental wellness and community support for child victims of trafficking, abuse, domestic violence, and emotional trauma
  4. Spiritual Care: Improving access to the gospel through evangelism, discipleship, or spiritual formation 
  5. Education: Providing afterschool enrichment, tutoring or vocational training for low income children and youth


Organizations applying must meet the one of following criteria: 

  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File
  • A K-12 Christian school and/or children’s home or orphanage 
  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large such as food pantries, soup kitchens, clothing closets, etc.
  • A Christian organization promoting the gospel among children and youth 

Please note:

  • We do not provide funding to create new organizations.
  • We do not support solely research or advocacy-based organizations.
  • We do not support local affiliates of international organizations.
  • We do not fund individuals, endowments, or capital campaigns.


A strong proposal is ready for review. To be ready, a proposal should be well beyond the conceptual stage, have a clear plan, timeline and budget. There should be defined benefits or outcomes and a description of who and why your community is behind the proposal. Involvement of your board with cash, in-kind contributions and a community campaign are some indicators of a proposal being ready. Community participation is a primary factor in a proposal being ready. We like to see that fundraising is significantly underway with your traditional supporters, local businesses, key donors and other foundations.

Organizations that are more likely to be considered for a grant:

  • Are led by people who live and work in the community.
  • Engage the communities they serve in their own development.
  • Can demonstrate that their work is effective.
  • Show innovation in their approach.
  • Have ambition to grow their impact.
  • Communicate the Christian faith in a compelling way.


  • The board will review the application and make initial funding recommendations on all submitted requests. Site visits and follow up communication may be appropriate. The deadline for board review is June 30, 2019.
  • Organizations will be notified of any decision via e-mail. All funding decisions are final.
  • If an organization is approved, grant checks will be mailed directly to the recipient organization’s address listed in the grant application. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery.



Local Community Grants range from a minimum of $250 to the maximum grant of $20,000.


National Grants range from a minimum of $250 to the maximum grant of $20,000.


International Grants range from a minimum of $250 to the maximum grant of $20,000.

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