Community Partnerships Granting Program and the Cultural Funding Program

Community Partnerships Division facilitates two annual 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. Both grant programs are competitive, with applications submitted annually from qualifying Ventura based non-profits.

The grant applications are reviewed by independent panels made up of both local and regional professionals who review the applications in advance, then convene for a day-long panel in which they discuss merits of the applications, interview representatives of the applicant groups, and 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 organization meets the criteria defined in each set of grant guidelines.

For each program, this includes community impact, uniqueness of service provided, organizational capacity, and number of citizens served, along with specific criteria related to cultural or social services programs. Both grant programs have been structured to provide project-based grants. These funds are used to sustain the organizations, enabling them to continue to provide COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS valuable services to Ventura residents.

CPGP Application, Guidelines & Contact Information


  • Applications Due: December 5, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Grant Workshop: November 1, 2016 from 5:30p-6:30p  (City Hall Community Meeting Room, 501 Poli St)


2016-2018 CPGP Grant Guidelines

2016-18 Application & Narrative


For questions regarding the CPGP program, please contact:

Cultural Funding Application, Guidelines & Contact Information

Visit web page for Arts Organizations Application & Guidelines for FY 2016/2017

For questions regarding the Cultural Funding Program, please contact: