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Grants to California Nonprofits for Programs and Services that Address Community Needs in Eligible Locations

Community Partnerships Grant Program (CPGP)


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Funding Source
City of Ventura
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: City of Ventura

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/07/21
Deadline: 01/25/22 Before 5:00 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants of $1,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs and services that improve the local quality of life. Funding is intended to assist local social service organizations in addressing community problems and needs. Eligible applicants must be located in Ventura County and provide services to City of Ventura residents.

Examples of target project areas for this grant funding include, but are not limited to: 

  • At-Risk Populations 
  • Disability (Developmental or Physical) 
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Health
  • Employment Training 
  • Homelessness
  • Legal Assistance 
  • Seniors
  • Literacy 
  • Mental Health 
  • Neighborhood Cleanup 
  • Substance Abuse
  • Transportation Access


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
To apply, organizations must:
• Be located in Ventura County and able to demonstrate services provided to City of Ventura residents.
• Provide proof of 501(c)3 status.
• Be in compliance with all City codes, laws, and ordinances.
• Certify, by means of signature on the application, that they are not delinquent in repaying the City any debt, whether the debt arises from a tax, bill, loan, lease, or other financial obligation. Organizations with a delinquent indebtedness to the City are ineligible to receive funding through this grant.
• Be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and operate so as not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.
• Have satisfied the requirements of any previously awarded Community Partnerships Grant from the City of Ventura, including completion of mid-cycle and final reports.
• Maintain ongoing liability insurance with a minimum of $2 million aggregate, and $1 million per occurrence general liability coverage.

Grant funding is restricted to project-based grants that support individual projects and initiatives and not general operating expenses.

Restrictions and Limitations:
- Organizations that receive line-item budgetary support from the City, independent of the Community Partnerships Granting Program (CPGP) are not eligible to apply.
- Grant funds may not be used to fund organizations or programs whose primary functions include legislative programs intended to influence public opinion, political campaigns of candidates, public relations programs designed to influence public opinion, conduct of religious activities intended to indoctrinate individuals in or to carry out the intent or practice of religious beliefs. If an agency operates under religious auspices, it must clearly distinguish between services of a health and welfare nature and those of a religious nature.
- Grant funds may not be used for the payment of any debt, debt interest, or deficit reduction; commercial enterprises; fines and penalties; building or remodeling of facilities, furniture, or fixtures; lobbying any public agency or office; out-of-state travel; hospitality or food costs; placement of grant funds into trust, endowment, or contingency funds; expenses for projects that have already been completed.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Grant Writing Workshop
December 7, 2021 from 9 am - 12 pm
Hosted by the City of Ventura via WebEx

Join Katie Deutschman for a free grant writing workshop for the Cultural Funding & Community Partnerships Grant Programs. Art and Social Services organizations are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Grant application process and how to respond to the narrative questions.
To register: email Arts and Culture Section Supervisor Kathryn Dippong Lawson at by Monday, December 6 before 1pm Pacific.

Once received, Kathryn will email you the WebEx link to the workshop.

Pre-Application Information
- Monday, January 24, 2022 before 9 am (PST): Deadline to request a secure link to the grant portal for uploading your application and digital supplemental materials.*
- Tuesday, January 25, 2022 before 5 pm (PST): Deadline to submit your application and all supplemental materials, either by mail, in-person, or using your requested secure link.
- February 2022: Grant panel convenes via WebEx.
- March 202: Award notifications sent via email.

*Email Steven De Fratus and request a secure link to the grant portal. You will receive an email with your secure link and instructions on how to upload your files within 24 business hours. Additionally, it is highly recommended that you request your secure link as early as possible. This will ensure you have enough time to submit your digital files before the deadline.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000 for each year of the two-year grant cycle.

Organizations whose annual budgets are less than $10,000 are only eligible to request $1,000.

Estimated total funding: The program’s total award funding is $140,000 for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 fiscal years.

Contact Information
There are 3 ways to submit your grant application:

1) Mail to:
City of Ventura
Attn: Steven De Fratus
501 Poli Street, Room 226
Ventura, CA 93001

2) Deliver to:
Ventura City Hall*
Attn: Steven De Fratus
501 Poli, Room 226: Parks & Recreation Dept.
Ventura, CA 93001
*City Hall is closed: Dec 3, 17, 24-31 & Jan 3 & 14

3) Email to: Steven De Fratus,

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact:
Steven De Fratus
Seniors & Community Services Section Supervisor

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