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VCCF Fund to Aid Vets Announces $75,000 Raised for First Round of Grantmaking

CAMARILLO — The Ventura County Community Foundation’s Ventura County Veterans Fund is accepting proposals from local organizations providing services to veterans. The Foundation expects to distribute the first round of grants in the summer to local organizations helping returning veterans and their families adjust to civilian life.

The $75,000 available will go to projects that support basic-needs services, employment training and development and mental health services. Preference will be given to programs servicing re-entering and returning combat veterans.

VCCF and the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation seeded this effort with $25,000 in challenge grants last year, and the Fund recently reached its goal with a $20,000 contribution from the Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation, which provided both a matching gift for personal donation and a donation to extend the work of the fund.

“We are very excited about the chance to make the first round of grants from this new partnership,” said Hugh Ralston, president and CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation.

“We are very grateful for the Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation grant to help extend this good work,” continued Ralston. “It confirms our hope that the Ventura County Veterans Fund would become a vehicle for individuals and organizations who want to help returning veterans, and trust VCCF to provide grants to local organizations that are making a real difference in the lives of these returning veterans and their families.”

For details on proposal requirements, visit and click on the “Ventura County Veterans Fund” link to download the Request for Proposal document.

A staff member from organizations that plan to apply are strongly encouraged to attend an information session at 3 p.m. April 22 in the Board Room of the VCCF Nonprofit Center.

Submit completed proposals to Ventura County Community Foundation, Attn: LaToya Ford, VCCF Nonprofit Center, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Suite A, Camarillo, CA 93012.

The deadline for applications is 1 p.m. Friday, May 3. Faxed, e-mailed, late and/or incomplete proposals will not be considered. Grants are expected to be distributed in July.

For more information, contact Program Officer LaToya Ford at or (805) 988-0196, Ext. 126.

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