Ventura-based arts non-profits invited to apply by June 22, 2017 for Cultural Funding Program 2017-2018


For Immediate Release
April 5, 2017
Contact: Georgeanne Lees at 805-658-4720
Lysa Urban 805-677-3914

Ventura-based arts non-profits invited to apply by June 22, 2017 for Cultural Funding Program 2017-2018


Applications and guidelines are now available online for the City of Ventura 2017-2018 Cultural Funding Program at Apply by Thursday, June 22, for the City of Ventura Office of Cultural Affairs 2017-18 Cultural Funding Program Grants. The program is open to any Ventura-based arts non-profit. All organizations will be required to provide proof of their 501(c) 3 status or that of their Ventura County based fiscal agent. $90,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to non-profit arts organizations, with grants ranging in size from $1,000-$20,000.

NEW: ·Grants range in size from $1,000-$20.000. Organizations whose annual budgets are less than $10,000 are only eligible to request $1,000 and do NOT have to submit DataArts budget information. Applicants are asked to make a specific grant request. The request may NOT exceed 10% of annual budget.

BACKGROUND: The City of Ventura Cultural Funding Program, first developed in 1993, supports the following cultural goals of the community as stated in the 2005 Ventura Cultural Plan and in the “Our Creative Community” section of the 2005 Ventura General Plan:

  • To support Ventura’s cultural infrastruc­ture of arts organizations and artists
  • To ensure comprehensive access to and involvement in cultural opportunities by all segments of the community
  • To support economic development and increase tourism
  • To enhance lifelong learning opportuni­ties in the arts for all ages

Organizations are required to submit financial information via DataArts at (unless their annual budget is less than $10,000). In addition to the DataArts information, applicants will submit a projected year end (2017/18) operating budget on a supplied form, and the last completed fiscal year-end (actuals) budget. Artistic samples will be required and the artistic samples form submitted. Past applicants must have submitted a Final Report from the previous year to be eligible for future funding.

For more information: visit the website or contact Georgeanne Lees at 805-658-4720 or

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