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VCCF Seeks Proposals for New Grants for Afterschool Learning

A new grant program at the Ventura County Community Foundation is accepting proposals from local nonprofits to support afterschool programs for underprivileged youth.

VCCF’s Community Response Fund has supported a wide variety of community projects since its founding in 1999.  The VCCF board of directors recently set aside money from the fund to support efforts that do not replicate current VCCF grantmaking priorities.

The 2013-2014 funding priority is afterschool programming, such as tutoring, homework help, academic enrichment and arts programs for kindergarten through eighth-graders, with a preference for programs that serve low-income students.

“VCCF has a very strong commitment to our youth – supporting programs that help build leadership and strengthen young people’s development as good citizens,” said Terri Lisagor, VCCF Board member and Program and Grants Committee chair.

“In discussing unmet needs in Ventura County, we felt the community-based afterschool programs, particularly those in underserved areas, would benefit the most from our support. That’s really at the heart of our motto: Investing Together. For Good. For Ever,” said Lisagor, who holds a doctorate in educational psychology and is a professor at California State University, Northridge.

A total of $19,000 is available. Requests up to $5,000 will be considered.

Proposals must be delivered or mailed to LaToya Ford at the VCCF Nonprofit Center by 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. The VCCF Nonprofit Center is at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Suite A, Camarillo, CA 93012.
For more information and to view the Request for Proposals, visit VCCF’s website at

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