nonprofit-photoVentura County is home to thousands of nonprofit organizations.  These organizations have missions they strive to advance and protect everyday – but what about 10 years from now?

Charitable organizations committed to providing services for the long-term will be immeasurably strengthened by a permanent endowment program.

Endowment funds help stabilize operations and allow for long-range financial planning.  They also provide for a reliable source of income for the life of an organization.

Start your endowment fund today!

  • Supplement annual operating programs beyond current year funding.
  • Allocate seed money for new programs which cannot be supported through normal annual campaign funds.
  • Accumulate funds to replace and renew physical facilities.
  • Help sustain an organization in case of emergency or economic crisis.
  • Promote an agency across a wider range of constituents and supporters.
  • Provide a vehicle for planned or deferred gifts from donors.

*For more information, or to open a fund, please contact Jim Rivera, Chief Compliance Officer, at

Setting up an agency endowment with VCCF is simple. All that is required is:

  • A name for your fund.
  • A purpose for your fund, such as what programs you wish to support.
  • Approval of your Board and the minutes that reflect that approval.
  • A copy of your Articles of Incorporation.

Can nonprofit agencies be fund holders?

Yes! Many nonprofit agencies have started funds at VCCF in order to stabilize their operations and allow for long-range financial planning. For more information on how a fund could benefit your organization, please contact Jim Rivera, Chief Compliance Officer, at

Can individual donors establish a fund specifically to support us?

Yes! VCCF is home to many Designated Funds. Once established, these funds can be used for the benefit of one or more specific public charities.

How can I access the VCCF Resource Library?

Please call or e-mail to schedule an appointment 805 988-0196 or

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.

Fiscal Sponsorship Policy

Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status as designated by the Internal Revenue Service may apply for grants using a fiscal sponsor.
Click here to review our fiscal sponsorship information.

Current Requests for Proposal

Ventura County Bar Association Legal Services Fund         

The primary focus for this application shall be to fund legal services and to provide legal information beneficial to the residents of Ventura County, California. The secondary area of focus is to distribute monies to Ventura County community-based organizations which deliver programs and services to special populations including youth, seniors, disadvantaged and the physical and mentally challenged, as well as for unrestricted general charitable purposes within and without the County of Ventura, California.

The application deadline is Friday, October 22, 2021 at 5 PM.

Click Here to Submit the Application

Questions about the grant program should be directed to Calleen O’Neall, Executive Liaison to the President & CEO and Board of Directors, at

The Smith-Hobson Foundation Fund

The Smith-Hobson Foundation 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 must be submitted through the VCCF Fund Portal by Friday, October 29, 2021 by 5:00PM PST.

Click Here to Submit the Application

Questions about the grant program should be directed to Jeffrey Lambert, Chief Operating Officer at

The Limoneira Foundation Fund

The Limoneira Company has been building and sustaining community for 127 years.  We invest in education, health and human services; industry, community, cultural programs, and projects that make the areas in which we live and work more vibrant and sustainable.   These areas include Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru, Ventura and Oxnard. Organizations providing services to these geographic areas may be headquartered elsewhere, but should demonstrate commitment and engagement with the communities where services are provided.

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

Funding Criteria:

Qualified charitable organizations completing this application and seeking either general operating support or specific project support:

  • 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.
  • If the grant request is project related, must exhibit capacity to successfully conduct the project.
  • Applicants requesting the Limoneira Fund to provide 100% of project costs will not be considered.
  • Grant requests should not exceed $10,000.
  • Funds will not be granted for religious activities, or for partisan or political purposes.

DEADLINE:  Applications must be submitted through the VCCF Grants portal by Friday, January 15, 2021 by 5:00 pm.

Questions about the grant program should be directed to Jeffrey Lambert, Chief Operating Officer at

Click here to submit the application.

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

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 29 and April 29 each year.

Please note that applications must be submitted online at the following link:

Click Here to Submit the Application

Click Here to Submit the Final Grant Report

Questions about grants may be sent to Jeffrey Lambert, Chief Operating Officer, at

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.

Click Here to Download the Application

Hill-Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund

The Hill and Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund was established in late 2018 to provide a speedy funding response for organizations addressing immediate needs arising from the fires.

Applications can be found here.

Non-profit organizations that are addressing mid- and long-term recovery needs should contact Jeffrey Lambert, Chief Operations Officer, for information about funding at

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.

VCCF Sponsorship Request for Nonprofits

Please note sponsorship dollars can only be for Ventura County.

Thank you so much for sharing about your upcoming sponsorship opportunity with us. With over 3,000 local nonprofits, we do our best to support as many sponsorship opportunities as possible; however, our budget is minimal compared to the overall need. We hope over time to increase our budget for sponsorships, and promise to continue to do everything possible to grow philanthropy in Ventura County.

Click here to register and submit your sponsorship requests.

Please spend no more than 10 minutes on this application. By filling out this brief form, your opportunity will be brought to the VCCF Program & Grants Department. They meet regularly to strategize on all potential funding options to meet your request.

capcam7Library for Nonprofit Research and Development

The VCCF is home to the Library for Nonprofit Research and Development with over 1,000 print publications, books and periodicals on nonprofit management topics as well as a database for grantseekers.

The resources of the library consist of two main collections:

  • The Collection for Excellence in Nonprofit Management
    Houses books and periodicals on nonprofit management, nonprofit start-up, board development, volunteerism and other related topics.
  • The Helen M. Yunker Collection for Research and Development of Nonprofit Resources
    Includes titles focusing on fundraising, foundations and grants, and proposal writing. This collection also includes the Foundation Center database as well as their published materials.

The VCCF is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. The Foundation Center has long been a leading provider of data covering all aspects of institutional philanthropy.  Visitors may access the Foundation Center’s online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional, with immediate access to over 140,000 grantmaker profiles, Philanthropy News, Requests for Proposals and Grantseeker Training.

Please call or e-mail Ginny Claborn to schedule an appointment (805) 988-0196 or

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