Ventura’s Special Event Grants open with a one-time extra $150k

The City of Ventura announces the opening of applications for its Special Event Granting Program (SEGP), aimed at bolstering community events for residents. Nonprofit organizations based in Ventura or collaborating with local nonprofits are eligible to apply.

In alignment with the 2023-2024 goals set by the Ventura City Council, an additional $150,000 in one-time funding has been allocated this year. Grants, ranging from $1,000 to $20,000, will be awarded to enhance the diversity of free and affordable community events across Ventura.

“These extra one-time funds greatly enhance cultural and community initiatives. Our city is committed to empowering local nonprofits, enabling them to expand their capabilities and maintain the delivery of enriching experiences for our residents,” said Ventura Mayor Joe Schroeder.

The SEGP typically allocates $10,000 annually to support community celebrations. These events aim to attract residents and visitors, reinforce Ventura’s cultural heritage and economic vibrancy, and foster innovative collaborations between private and public entities.

Applications are due by Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. (PST). Recipients of grant funding from the City’s Community Partnerships and Cultural Funding Grant Programs are still eligible to apply for the SEGP.

For more information, including grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, and applications, visit

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