Over time things change:
SJFVC has moved from General Grants to Theme Based Grants and now Fellowships
(2020 - Current)
In 2020, Social Justice Fund for Ventura County (SJFVC) decided it is time to take a new direction. Building on our history of supporting grassroots organizations and new leaders in the struggle for social justice, SJFVC will focus its future grants on fellowships for emerging leaders.
Social Justice Fellowships
- View the Fall 2019 Newsletter introducing Social Justice Fellowships
- To find out more SJFVC Fellowships (process & timetable) click here
Theme Based Grants:
(2017 - 2019)
From 2017 - 2019 the Social Justice Fund for Ventura County (SJFVC) began selecting a annual themes, focusing our grant campaign on a specific social justice issue, or problem.
2019 Campaign "Vulnerable Children of Ventura County"
The Board of Social Justice Fund for Ventura County worked with past grantees, donors and and eventually decided on "Vulnerable Children of Ventura County" as our theme for 2019. In March 2019 we held an conference event at Ventura County Office of Education offices in Camarillo on this topic. Well over 100 people attended the event hearing stories of vulnerable children and some of the organizations helping them. SJFVC collected attendee input which was used to help narrow the theme focus to better identify where our grants might have the greatest effect.
2018 Campaign "Immigration"
Immigration has become one of the most volatile issues in our national politics. In California and here in Ventura County many of us are either dealing with these issues directly or know someone who is. Locally there are many organizations that have been fighting these battles for years, but in today's climate the need has skyrocketed and time is of the essence. Social Justice Fund for Ventura County will be trying to help these efforts where we think we can have the greatest immediate effect.
2017 Campaign "Implicit Bias in Education"
Implicit bias can have different meanings for different groups, but the common thread will be a perceived implicit or unconscious bias experienced by a group within the public school/s in Ventura County.
Implicit bias may affect the quality and / or equity of the educational experience that a group or individual encounters. The effects may be multifold including the creation of artificial limitations, including future aspirations, continuing education and eventually income. These biases may be based on racial, economic, gender, sexual orientation or other factors.
(2007 - 2015)
Prior to 2017 Social Justice Fund for Ventura County (SJFVC) grants were evaluated on a case by case basis considering the social justice issue, the grassroots organization applying and the potential for success. A variety of issues were funded each year.