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Local Fund$ for SB County Teachers

Teachers spend $479 of their own money for classroom supplies each year, according to a May, 2018 Education Week article. We know that this is an average and many spend far more. We are here to HELP! The SBCEO Teachers Network was created in 1985 to support local, Santa Barbara County teachers in creating and implementing innovative and effective instruction. Click HERE to learn how you can apply for local teacher grants funded by local business and community partners.

This Education Week article mentions additional ways teachers can earn money for their classrooms, none more local than the SBCEO Teachers Network!


Announcing: 2020 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year

Michele Frantz

Michele Frantz, 2020 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year. 1st Grade Teacher at Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt Union School District

Learn more about Michele HERE.



Tuition & Loan Assistance for Special Educators

We are pleased to share a new special education teacher grant opportunity available through Santa Barbara County Education Office. SBCEO has been selected to administer the CTC Local Solutions grant. The purpose of this grant is to aid with the ongoing shortage of special education teachers.

For eligibility criteria and more information click HERE or contact Tom Heiduk theiduk<at>sbceo.org



Santa Barbara Bowl

Performing Arts Teacher of the Year,

Aniela Hoffman- Brings Jazz to Local Girls:

All of our A Salute to Teachers Honorees are eligible for funding to support a Passion Project that allows them to pursue an opportunity of personal and professional interest. Aniela, Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year, is bringing professional jazz musicians to local girls for master classes and jam sessions on Saturday, February 23. Learn more HERE.


An Exhibition of Student Artwork Coming to SB County:

The HEART of Education

The Santa Barbara County Alliance for Arts Education will host its second annual exhibition featuring artwork created in local elementary and junior high schools. The theme focuses on arts as an essential part of the classroom. Click HERE for more information and HERE for an entry form. The exhibition will be held at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center and pieces must be submitted by February 15, 2019.

Wildling Museum

Provides FREE Visits for School Groups

Located in Solvang, The Wildling Museum provides art exhibitions and programs that inspire people to enjoy, value, and conserve wilderness areas. Click HERE to learn how you can make arrangements to take your students!


Inspire the community to use water wisely by creating fun, entertaining and informational videos! Schools and student winners will receive cash prizes and have their video broadcasted on TV and local movie theaters.

The 20th Annual Contest challenges high school filmmakers to produce creative and high-quality videos that follow this year’s theme: “A Day in the Life of a Water Saver”. Click HERE for more details.


Supporter of Teachers Network Environment Grants, Denneen, Passes Away

Bill Denneen, champion of the Nipomo Dunes and many other environmental causes in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, peacefully passed away September 24, 2018. He was 93. Not only an activist for the environment, Denneen was an educator who taught high school for some time prior to a 25 year career at Allan Hancock College. Many local teachers have received an SBCEO Teachers Network, Curriculum Project Grant, funded by the Bill Denneen Environmental Trust, a special designation earmarked for environmentally-focused projects that Denneen proudly supported. We’ll miss his passion, encouragement, and vision of stewardship. Learn more about Denneen HERE.

Bill Denneen, champion of the Nipomo Dunes and many other environmental causes in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, peacefully passed away September 24, 2018. He was 93. Not only an activist for the environment, Denneen was an educator who taught high school for some time prior to a 25 year career at Allan Hancock College. Many local teachers have received an SBCEO Teachers Network, Curriculum Project Grant, funded by the Bill Denneen Environmental Trust, a special designation earmarked for environmentally-focused projects that Denneen would proudly support. We will miss his passion, encouragement, and vision of stewardship.

Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year

We’d like to invite all PreK-12 public school teachers in Santa Barbara County to consider applying for our first grant of the school year- Instructional Strategy Team Coach. This grant is specifically designed to promote peer learning of new strategies in a team setting. Learn more about this grant that pays $1,200 HERE.


Explore Ecology Environmental Stewardship Awards

Each year, Explore Ecology honors teachers and students in Santa Barbara County who have made a difference and taken action to help the environment. If you know someone who has spearheaded positive change, or is an inspiration for the community, click HERE for information about how you can nominate them for Explore Ecology’s Environmental Stewardship Award.


Swing a Hammer, Help Some Kids!

One of our long-time partners, Tradart Foundation, seeks volunteers to support Santa Barbara area high school trades programs. Work alongside tradesmen and students to help build tiny houses. Opportunities to help are all Saturdays, 8am-2pm, now through May. Contact our office for details or click HERE to see the flier.


 The Santa Barbara Bowl Education Outreach Committee is now accepting Letters of Interest for the Spring 2018 Grant cycle. The deadline is February 28, 2018.

All schools, artists and teachers from across Santa Barbara County are invited to submit Letters of Interest in order to qualify for grants to fund programs that provide critical resources for expanding youth access to performing arts, including symposiums, arts advocacy, mentorship, and needs-based financial support for arts education programs. To qualify for an Education Outreach grant, the organization and/or program must focus on performing arts education.  The grants are funded by generous private donations as well as a Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation contribution of $1 from every concert ticket sold. The Spring 2018 Grant cycle schedule is:

  • February 28, 2018: Letters of Interest (LOI) due (Download the Application).
  • April 27, 2018: Full application by selected finalist due
  • May 30, 2018: Notification of decision
  • June 2018: Awards sent

For more information about receiving grants and support for your program, please visit our Education Outreach Resources Center or contact Kai Tepper, Program Manager, at (805) 308-9787 or kai@sbbowl.com.


California WateReuse Art Contest 

WateReuse California is hosting its conference and an art contest as part of the effort to raise awareness about the important role of recycled water in the state of California. Art must be related to the theme of recycled water. Recycled water is water that has already been used by people, highly treated, and then reused for a number of different purposes such as irrigation for parks and athletic fields, decorative fountains, industrial uses, groundwater recharge, and more.  Winning entries will be displayed at the 2018 Annual Water Reuse Conference March 25th-27th, 2018.

ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY February 16, 2017. For more information click HERE.



California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network Grants

CREEC has a wide variety of resources and grant opportunities for teachers focusing on STEM and environmental education subjects. You can get more information about them and the grants they have HERE.


Have You Seen-  West of the West- Tales from California’s Channel Islands?

If you haven’t visited the new West of the West educational resource website http://www.teachchannelislands.org/ take a few moments to check it out. This website features the film, West of the West, separated into individual “Tales” that explain the human history of the California Channel Islands. It is a fascinating collection of stories from ancient history to the present. The site contains custom discussion topics and teacher lesson plans for classroom activities, created by local teachers for teachers. Each Tale can also be streamed or downloaded along with images from the film, teacher lesson plans, and additional resources relating to each Tale. Everything is free! For “The Lone Woman” and “Cache,” there are 3D scans of artifacts the Lone Woman brought back to the mainland that are downloadable for printing in classrooms on 3D printers. Log on to and take a spin through the many pages of resources based on the Tales in this important documentary film series. West of the West: Tales From California’s Channel Islands will soon be airing on over 150 public television stations across the USA. The educational website will be shared with all the public television stations airing the series, and will soon begin wide-reaching promotional efforts for educators. Enjoy exploring http://www.teachchannelislands.org/ 

A Salute to Teachers, 2016
Salute Honorees 2016 SandR

A Salute to Teachers 2016 Honorees

February 24, 2017: Educational Resources from SB County Water Agency and Air Pollution Control District

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency has a wide array of resources for teachers and students to support water supply and conservation resources. These are excellent tools for the classroom. Click HERE for more Waterwise, Project Wet, and more information.

Similarly, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District has a variety of air quality-related resources for teachers as well. Click HERE for more information.

Both the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and the Santa Barbara County Water Agency are supporters of the SBCEO Teachers Network’s Care for Our Earth Grants.