Guide for Grantseekers

Each year, the Ventura County Community Foundation awards grants for all areas of community need. Grant dollars are derived from designated funds, donor advised funds, endowment funds, field-of-interest funds, special funds and greatest needs funds.

VCCF accepts proposals only in response to an open Request for Proposals (RFP).

Competitive Grant Cycles

Only certain funds are open to application. All Request for Proposals are publicly announced and specifically describe the focus areas for which proposals are being sought. The VCCF looks for projects where a moderate amount of grant money may affect a significant result, and where there is a well-planned and/or new approach to solving community problems. We encourage proposals with cooperation and partnering among charitable organizations.

Grant Limitations

Grants will not be made for political or partisan purposes, religious activities, general operating shortfalls, endowment funds, annual fund drives, or budget deficits. We do not consider individuals for funding except through our scholarship program.

Although Donor Advised Funds may recommend grants anywhere in the world, the VCCF Competitive Grants Program makes grants only to nonprofit organizations that serve Ventura County.

Current Requests for Proposal

Smith-Hobson Foundation Fund

The Smith-Hobson Foundation Fund was established in 1991. The donor-advised fund focuses on educational and cultural projects and activities of locally-based organizations that benefit the local community. Preference is given to projects in the cities of Ojai and Ventura.

Applications are due in the VCCF Office by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017. 

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Fred C. Ferro Fund

The Fred C. Ferro Fund was established in 2014. This donor-advised fund welcomes grant applications for program support from qualified non-profit organizations serving needy and underserved Pre-K — 12th Grade students in Ventura County.

Applications are due in the VCCF Office by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017. 

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Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation

The Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation was established in 1984 with the assets of the sale of the Oxnard Community Hospital to Republic Health Corporation. Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation awards grants to agencies that provide health services to Ventura County residents. The Foundation was named in recognition and honor of Dr. Floyd J. Swift and his wife, Ida Swift, who both made significant contributions to the quality of life in Ventura County.

The Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) foundation that contracts with VCCF for administrative, investment, and staffing services.

The Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation has two grant cycles. The application deadlines are October 15 and April 15 each year. Applications must be postmarked by the deadline and sent to the VCCF office. 

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Barbara Barnard Smith Fund for World Musics

The Barbara Barnard Smith Fund for World Musics was established in 1992 to enhance understanding of global intercultural and local multicultural environments through expanding acquaintance with artistic heritages beyond those of Euro-American concert traditions. The donor-advised fund will consider applications from schools and from organizations established to present concerts for the public to support performances of non-Western classical and folk musics by bearers of these traditions, and of contemporary compositions for traditional or Western instruments inspired by and incorporating elements of these musics.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Time from receipt of application to decision is approximately 2-3 months. If funding request is related to a specific event or concert, please submit your proposal at least 3 months before performance date.

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Build Community, Give a Grant
The Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation, a support organization of VCCF, was established by Martin “Bud” Smith and his wife Martha, leading land and business developers in Ventura County for more than 50 years. Joining VCCF in 1994, their grantmaking seeks to achieve significant, lasting positive changes for individuals and communities of Ventura County, with a focus in Oxnard.

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