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    Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation Awards $580,000 to Local Non-Profits

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    The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded a total of $580,000 in grants to 14 local non-profit organizations providing services to youth and adolescents.  Grants ranged from $20,000 to $75,000, and were allocated to fund children’s services in the coming year, including:


    • New clothing, shoes, school supplies, and toiletries for elementary, middle, and high school children from low-income families, as well as foster and homeless youth, by the Assistance Leagues of Conejo Valley and Ventura County
    • Individual mentoring, leadership and financial literacy training, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) guest speakers, and field trips by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County 
    • Social-emotional (SE) skills training (i.e., relationship building, identifying emotions, impulse control, and problem solving) by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley
    • Health education; nutrition counseling; physical fitness activities; drug and alcohol prevention programs; and leadership and community service opportunities by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ventura
    • Farm-to-table nutrition sessions, agricultural museum workshops, mobile hydroponics workstations, field trips, sustainable garden, and computer coding programs by the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley
    • STEM activities, field trips, college visits, staff mentors, transportation, and scholarships by the Boys and Girls Club of Simi Valley
    • Bold Futures mentoring and programming; family engagement events; and field trips for Santa Paula girls by Girls Inc. of Carpinteria
    • Sonosite ultrasound with bladder scanning capability for the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Ventura County Medical Center by the Health Care Foundation for Ventura County, Inc.
    • Academic tutoring, STEM programs, arts enrichment, weekly parent education, and an adolescence leadership program by No Limits for Deaf Children
    • Meals, homework assistance, college application and financial aid support, living skills training, educational field trips, and youth development programming by One Step a la Vez
    • 24-7 shelter for homeless women and children, including access to play therapy, group activities, behavioral development training, tutoring, and assistance with school enrollment and records by Rescue Mission Alliance dba Lighthouse for Women and Children
    • Full and partial scholarships by Ride On L.A.
    • Training in healthy parent-child relationships, trauma resolution, parent coaching, child development, and stable housing for homeless women and children by Step Up Ventura, Inc.


    Grants are awarded in the spring and fall of each year.  The deadline for letters of interest for spring 2020 grants is September 20, 2019.  For more information about the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation, including instructions on how to apply for a grant, please visit the Foundation’s website at

    The Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation was established in 2005 upon the death of Harriet H. Samuelsson, an Oxnard philanthropist, at age 96.  The Foundation awards over $1 million in grants each year to organizations providing services for the health, education, guidance, or welfare of children under the age of 18 residing in Ventura County, or to organizations conducting cancer research. 

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