Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association
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Goris Women's Yoga & Wellness Center
"Yoga Girls" at the Goris Women's Yoga & Wellness Center,
Armenia 2014



Mini Grants

ON HOLD Please note that we are not currently accepting new Mini Grant applications. If you landed on this page because you were interested in applying, please check back at a later date to see if we have lifted this hold.

SBPCA provides support via its Mini Grants program to assist active Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) with projects needing funding in their communities of service. Emphasis is placed on projects that will have many beneficiaries, are community-oriented, and will have a continuing benefit to the community.

Since 2004, SBPCA has funded 30 projects for a total of $17,902 (and an additional 11 projects for a total of $2,467 prior to that, for a grand total of $20,369).

SBPCA provides Mini Grants funding to these PCVs in two ways:

1) Directly to PCVs who have either (a) lived in or have an established connection to Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, or San Luis Obispo County, or (b) have been recommended by an active member of SBPCA; -OR-

2) Through the Peace Corps Partnership Program.

Applications are reviewed as received. Applicants need to be aware that the evaluation process includes communication between the SBPCA Board and applicants, and we are likely to have follow-up questions after reviewing applications. Applicants should be sure to include a current email address with their contact information. The review process is likely to take between a few weeks to a couple months, depending on how often an applicant is able to check email and how responsive s/he is to communications from us.

To download the SBPCA Mini Grants Application, click here.

To download the SBPCA Mini Grants Final Report Guidelines, click here.


Bead making project,
Ghana 2008


Vocational Training for
disabled youth & young adults,
Asociata Incluziunea,
Romania 2006

SBPCA Mini Grants Program "In the News"

6/17/08 - "Making a Difference: Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association Gives Mini-Grants"
in the Peace Corps Polyglot (the blog of the National Peace Corps Association)

2014 Grants

Goris Women's Yoga and Health Education Center, PCV Janessa Schueler & Jennifer Ables, Goris, Syunik, Armenia - $762
(and click here to see a couple photos)

2013 Grants

Khmelnitsky Baseball Project (bleachers, benches, fencing), PCV Chris Kajtor, Khmelnitsky, Ukraine - $700
Women's Health Fair, PCV Heather Stout, Telavi, Kakheti Region, Georgia - $336

2012 Grants

Pit Latrine Project, PCV Kayla Howard-Anderson, Cerro Banco, Panama - $700
Improved Chicken Care & Egg Production Project, PCV Tess Duffy, Potrero Garay, Paraguay - $710

2011 Grants

Outdoor Multi-Use Pavilion Project, PCV Forest Carter, Casario Laguna Verde, El Salvador - $225

2010 Grants

Interactive Classroom to provide teachers with internet access, etc., PCV Garrick Bjur, Yampil, Ukraine - $750
Materials for construction of school computer lab, PCV Laura Kutner, San Miguel Duenas, Guatemala - $632

2009 Grants

HIV/AIDS Awareness Program for Youth in High Risk Areas, PCV Bea Scheuermann, Sikasso region, Mali - $500
Fix-Up of Local Library & Painting Health Focused Murals at Primary School & Youth Organization Building,
PCV Caleb Mariani, Conakry, Guinea - $160
Construction of Community Center, PCV Joanna Carman, Loma Verde, Dominican Republic - $750

2008 Grants
Stove Building Project, PCV Daniel Alejandro, Sibinal, San Marcos, Guatemala - $500
Bead-Making Project, PCV Suzanne Hartley, Abompe, Ghana - $500

2007 Grants

Compost Latrine Construction, Druadrua Island, Fiji - $838
Library Project at Baclayon High School, PCV Anne Park, Philippines - $750
Latrine Project, Dominican Republic - $600
English/Bulgarian Dictionaries & Bilingual Classroom Guides, Bregovo, Bulgaria - $583

2006 Grants

Stove building project, PCV Aimee Diehl, San Isidro, Nicaragua - $565
Rejuvenating Eco-Tourism, Paga & Sirigu, Ghana - $1000
Vocational Training for Disabled Youth/Young Adults, Onesti, Romania - $500
Demonstration Poultry Small Business, Jammeh Kunda, The Gambia - $850

Eco-tourism project,
Ghana 2006

2005 Grants
Rainwater Catchment Systems, Bolivia - $450
Future Environmental Leaders Camp, Ukraine - $500
Youth Leadership Development Conference, Dominican Republic - $500
AIDS Education Conference, Cameroon - $500

2004 Grants
Markoye Market and Health Clinic - $645
Millet Grinder - $1017
AIDS Education Event - $150
English Library and Tutoring Center - $475
Latrine Grant - $754

Previous Grants
Road Construction Project, El Salvador - $150
Library Project, Kyrgyz Republic -$200
Primary School Reparations, El Manzano, El Salvador - $200
Community Tree Nursery, Maronga, Zimbabwe - $367
Fruit Tree Planting, Honduras - $50
Health Education Project, Ecuador - $150
Water Sanitation Project, Bolivia - $200
Irrigation of Community Gardens, PCV Eric Strong, Sevare/Ouo, Mali - $300

Women's Chicken Project, Chinandega / Cabo de Orno, Nicaragua - $350
Women's Palm Oil Cooperative, PCV Paul Meadows, Yotokope, Togo - $250
Latrine Building project, Tieningboue / Wedala & Ninakiri, Cote d'Ivoire - $250


Women's Palm Oil Cooperative,
Togo 1998

Irrigation of Community Gardens,

Latrine Building,
Cote d'Ivoire

Chicken Project,
Nicaragua 1998

Road Building,
El Salvador

Library Project,
Kyrgyz Republic

Tree Nursery,


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