Three Annual Programs
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.
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.
- Cultural Funding Guidelines and Proposal Narrative
- Application Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2019 by 5:00 pm
- Award Letters Mailed Out: Week of October 28, 2019
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.
- Special Event Grant Program Guidelines & Application
- Application Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2019 by 5 pm
- Grant Information Workshop: Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 5:30pm in City Hall
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.