Granting Programs

Two Annual ProgramsBell Arts Mural

The Community Partnerships Division facilitates two granting programs benefiting cultural and social service non-profits that serve the citizens of Ventura: the Community Partnerships Granting Program and the Cultural Funding 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.

Cultural Funding Program

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

Please download, fill and save the Cultural Funding Guidelines here.


  • Applications due: Friday, June 28, 2019 by 5:00 pm
  • Grant panel convenes: Thursday, August 29    
  • Cultural Affairs Commission review of panel recommendations: Thursday, September 26    
  • Award letters mailed out: Week of October 28    

Application Process

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.

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.

The Cultural Funding Program guidelines and application for the 2019-20 fiscal year will be available after May 6, 2019.   

For more information or questions, please contact Steven DeFratus at 805-658-4732 or by email at [email protected]