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 Philanthropic Counsel, at jrivera@vccf.org or 805-330-6679.

Requests for Proposal:

Questions about grants may be sent to Mike Silacci, Chief Philanthropy Officer, at msilacci@vccf.org.

Trusted Messengers Network

If you care about protecting our community from extreme heat, saving our water, and supporting our undocumented neighbors through Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), this opportunity is for you!

Trusted Messengers Network CBO partners will be expected to conduct interactive engagement with their communities on priority campaigns identified by OCPSC, interactive engagements include, but are not limited to, door-to-door canvassing, outreach at events, phone banking, and conducting trainings or workshops. Additionally, grantees will be expected to conduct promotional outreach, such as posting information on social media, engaging with ethnic media, working with the news media, including messaging in communications tools, and distributing materials to further engage communities on OCPSC’s priority campaigns.

Application is now closed.

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Ventura County Arts and Culture Investment Fund

The Ventura County Arts and Culture Investment Fund Grant Program marks a significant investment by the County of Ventura to support the meaningful work of our local community’s arts and culture nonprofit organizations and independent artists and arts projects within Ventura County.

Arts and culture nonprofit organizations are entities that operate with a primary mission to promote, preserve, and enrich the cultural and artistic aspects of society.  These organizations are committed to advancing creativity, fostering cultural understanding, and contributing to the overall well-being of the residents of Ventura County, while offering a platform for artistic expression, innovation, and promoting a deeper understanding of our shared world.

The Ventura County Arts and Culture Investment Fund (VCACIF) Grant Program has been established to provide funding to local arts and culture nonprofit organizations and to support independent artists and arts projects in Ventura County.  This VCACIF Grant Program will emphasize the arts and culture organizations and projects serving communities most impacted by the pandemic, identified by the bottom two tiers of the Vulnerability Index provided in the Economic Development Collaborative’s 2021 Report: Profile of COVID-19 Community, Business, and Worker Impacts.  Organizations that do not directly serve these areas but can demonstrate service to other communities in need in the County (e.g., arts programs for older adults, people with disabilities, schools in lower income areas, etc.) will also be eligible for this VCACIF Grant Program.

Application is now closed.

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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.

Application is now closed.

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Limoneira Foundation Fund
The Limoneira Company has been building and sustaining community for 130 years. Our commitment is deeply embedded in our culture and drives value creation for our supply chain, the communities in which we live and work, the environment, our employees and the long-term success of our company. Our teams work together to raise awareness, generate resources and participate in events that resonate with our local area, customers and community members. We believe and have shown we can make a difference. We invest in the economic, social, and cultural vibrancy of Santa Paula, Oxnard and the communities of the Santa Clara Valley including, Piru, Fillmore and Ventura.

Application is now closed.

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Kimberly J. Engberg Fund for LGBTQ+ Equality
Grants from the Kimberly J. Engberg Fund for LGBTQ+ Equality shall be to provide funding to organizations serving the LGBTQ communities in the Counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. No preference shall be given to any one county. Consideration should be given to programs that have strong, scientifically based evidence of positive outcomes and demonstrated measurable effectiveness. Funding to organizations may be provided as “Matching gift” grants in an effort to encourage organizations to broaden their donor base. *Requests for funding should not exceed $500.

Application is now closed.

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Smith-Hobson Foundation

The Smith-Hobson Foundation supports arts and cultural projects, such as those associated with museums, historical societies, fine and performing arts, and arts education and access, in western Ventura County. The board of the Smith-Hobson Foundation may solicit or recommend grants outside of these funding priorities and/or with broader geographic focus; such grants will be solicited directly by the Smith-Hobson Foundation.

Application is now closed.

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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 Philanthropic Counsel, at jrivera@vccf.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This service is appointment-only. Contact aweissman@vccf.org to find out which upcoming appointment time slots are available, as well as details on the guidelines for the service. Unfortunately, we do not accept walk-ins.

Foundation Center

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