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

Limoneira Foundation Fund

The Limoneira Company has been building and sustaining community for almost 125 years. They invest in the economic, social and cultural vibrancy of the communities in which they live and work. The areas of interest are Santa Paula and the communities of the Santa Clara Valley including Piru, Fillmore and Ventura; the rest of Ventura County; Tulare County; Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties; and Yuma, Arizona.

The Board of the Limoneira Foundation Fund may solicit or recommend grants outside of these funding priorities and/or with broader geographic focus.


Qualified charitable organizations seeking program or project support and completing this application:

  • Must be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community based organization, school, or other agency providing a public benefit.
  • Must have an active Board of Directors.
  • Must demonstrate financial viability and capacity to conduct the project to be funded.
  • Funds will not be granted for religious activities, or for partisan or political purposes.

Non-charitable organizations seeking funding for either programs or events, and charitable organizations seeking event funding should apply through a separate application available at the Limoneira Company website at

Applications are due in the VCCF Office by 4pm on Thursday January 17th 2019

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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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Special & Urgent Needs (S.U.N.) Fund

The SUN Fund was established in 1999 to provide a quick funding response in order to avoid the loss of critical safety net services directly benefiting Ventura County residents, or where other funding sources are not available.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Time from receipt of application to decision is approximately 2-3 months.

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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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