Granting Programs

Three Annual ProgramsBell Arts Mural

The Parks, Recreation, and Community Partnerships Department facilitates three granting programs benefiting nonprofits that serve the citizens of Ventura: the Community Partnerships Granting Program, the Cultural Funding Program, and the Special Event Grant Program.

Community Partnerships Granting Program

Through the Community Partnerships Granting Program, $140,000 in funding is provided for two-year cycle project grants to support social and environmental service organizations serving the needs of Ventura residents.

Funding for the 2018-2020 Community Partnerships Granting Program (CPGP) has been awarded. To view the guidelines and application for the 2018-2020 Community Partnerships Granting Program, please click on the links above.

Cultural Funding Program

Through the Cultural Funding Program, $90,000 in funding is awarded annually to support Ventura based cultural nonprofits. These funds are unrestricted and may be used for organizational support, programming, and services.

The Cultural Funding Program guidelines and application for the 2019-2020 fiscal year are now available.  

For more information, please contact Community Partnerships Supervisor, Kathryn Dippong Lawson; 805-658-4720.

Special Event Grant Program

Through the Special Event Grant Program, $10,000 in funding is awarded annually to champion community celebrations that attract residents and visitors, strengthen Ventura's cultural identity and economic vitality, and promote entrepreneurial spirit and innovative partnerships between private sector and public agencies.

Applicants must be a Ventura based nonprofit or an agency partnering with a Ventura based nonprofit planning events occurring between July 2019 and June 2020. The maximum award amount is $2,000. Grants are to be used to cover all or part of the special event permit fees charged by the City of Ventura for special events occurring on public property.

For more information, please contact Community Partnerships Supervisor, Steven DeFratus; 805-658-4732.

Application Review Process

Cultural Funding and Community Partnerships Granting Programs

Grant applications are reviewed by independent panels made up of both local and regional professionals. Panelists review the applications in advance, then convene for a day-long panel in which they interview applicants, discuss the merits of each application, then make funding recommendations. These recommendations are then reviewed for approval by either the Cultural Affairs Commission (in the case of the Cultural Funding Program) or the City Council (for the Community Partnership Granting Program). Applications are evaluated based on how well the applicant meets the criteria defined in each set of grant guidelines.