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.
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.
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.