To promote the welfare and needs of the financially-at-risk and elderly residents, with particular consideration being given to their nutritional, legal, and medical needs and the welfare of dogs to include housing, nutrition, general care, and placement within suitable homes.
Santa Barbara County, California
Types of support
General Operating, Capital Needs, and Special Projects
Financially at-risk and elderly residents and dogs.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Dr. Hildegard H. Balin Charitable Trust awards grants to serve the needs of the financially-at-risk and elderly residents of Santa Barbara County and to promote the welfare of dogs in Santa Barbara County, California.
Grant recipients must be involved in one of the following:
- Promoting the welfare and needs of the financially-at-risk and elderly residents, with particular consideration being given to their nutritional, legal, and medical needs.
- Promoting the welfare of dogs to include housing, nutrition, general care, and placement within suitable homes.
- Organizations must be located within Santa Barbara County.
- To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.
- The foundation does not fund requests for the Hospice of Santa Barbara or any of its related organizations.
- No personal appearances before the Foundation’s advisory committee are allowed.
Preference may be given to requests for the following:
- Meals on Wheels, Santa Barbara, California
- Salvation Army, Santa Barbara, California for the purpose of delivering warm clothing to the elderly and poor residents of Santa Barbara County.
- Santa Barbara Humane Society, California for the purpose of caring for dogs only.
Average grant size: $2,500 to $20,000
Average number of grants per year: 25
Average total giving per year: $200,000
Application period and deadlines
Applications must be submitted by July 31 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs in early October.
Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission. Grant decisions are generally communicated by December for applications received by the deadline.
Required agreements and reports
Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.
About the Foundation
Dr. Hildegard H. Balin was born November 7, 1900 in Koenigsberg, Germany. She practiced as a medical doctor in Germany until World War II. Her husband was a member of the underground and did not survive the war. They had no children.
Following the war, Dr. Balin moved to Argentina, obtained her medical license, and practiced there for a time.
Dr. Balin came to Santa Barbara in the early 1950’s, and was employed as a Registered Nurse at St. Francis Hospital from approximately 1962 until 1966.
Dr. Balin’s devotion to her dog and constant companion, Tulli, inspired her interest in the welfare and care of dogs. Her experience as a medical doctor, as well as her professional life experiences, led to her interest in the welfare of the elderly, particularly those who are alone and further handicapped by poverty.
She utilized her substantial business acumen, strong and unique personality, and untiring energy in building an estate with the intention of contributing that estate back to the county in which she lived.
Dr. Balin died in Santa Barbara, California on January 14, 1996 at the age of 95.
Since its inception in 1996, the foundation has awarded more than $3 million to eligible non-profit organizations in Santa Barbara County, California.