Established in 1999 by volunteers, the Heritage
Fund’s purpose is to preserve and protect the
unique heritage and history of Ventura County
and expand and celebrate knowledge of that
history among residents and students.
The Heritage Fund provides grants for local
nonprofits to have the resources and time
to study and document the County’s unique
heritage. Heritage Fund grants are important
to the ongoing programs at our local museums
During its building phase, the Heritage Fund
allocated a portion of funding to make grants
to produce curriculum for local schools or support
historical society’s preservation efforts.
The Camarillo Ranch Foundation obtained
funding to produce a video on the history of
the famous Adolfo Camarillo Ranch.
The Ojai Valley Historical Society and Museum
asked for help so it could capture the oral history
of intriguing residents and families of Ojai
Valley while the Santa Paula Historical Society
hired a professional transcriber in order to put
valuable history into current accessible documents.
Help ensure that local history is preserved
Make a gift or pledge to honor your family or
someone special. Your gift of $100 or more
will be recognized in the VCCF Annual Report
and will live on in perpetuity as part of the
Heritage Fund endowment. Every contribution
of $500 or more receives a map of early
Ventura County families created especially for
the Heritage Fund by Wendell Dowling.
Support the Heritage Fund today, before local
history is lost forever. Help maintain Ventura
County’s reputation as a community that cares
about its past and the organizations working
to preserve and protect its history.
The Heritage Fund will resume its grantmaking
in 2007 with a project on the enduring legacy
of early philanthropists and grant requests in
the 2008 grant cycle.
Sharing art with youth
The Santa Paula Art Museum’s mission is to share and educate about the city’s rich art history. Part of the museum’s extensive collection belongs to the Santa Paula Elementary School District, and to keep these gems accessible to the students, the museum organized its school outreach program.
Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Heritage Fund, the school program sends docents into the classroom for an art workshop with the students where they learn art-related vocabulary, observational skills and they have the opportunity to create their own works. A trip to the museum later puts their new skills to the test, allowing students a hands-on approach to art appreciation and a chance to explore the work of Santa Paula artists