The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $670,000 to 12 local non-profit organizations providing services to youth and adolescents in Ventura County. Grants ranged from $15,000 to $130,000, and were allocated as follows:
- $39,000 to Assistance League of Ventura County for the purchase of clothing, school supplies, hygiene products, and books for disadvantaged students
- $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura for health and wellness programs; academic support; resiliency training to avoid peer pressure and substance abuse; mentoring; and physical fitness training
- $130,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Moorpark and Simi Valley for after-school and summer programming including: character and leadership development; workforce readiness; health and wellness; education; sports, fitness, and recreation; and the arts
- $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley to enhance their STEM (Science, Technology, Math, and English) programs utilizing new software aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards; additional iPads and laptops; robotic competitions; guest visits from local artists; and field trips to museums and ranches
- $75,000 to City of Hope for continued research in the area of pediatric brain cancer and potential therapies
- $15,000 to Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association for youth grief counseling sessions
- $25,000 to Many Mansions for a seven-week summer camp, homework assistance, and ongoing activities in art, science, and leadership development for children experiencing homelessness or poverty
- $25,000 to the Museum of Ventura County to provide interactive live and virtual education programs and field trips covering Common Core Standards in math, science, history, heritage, and nutrition
- $25,000 to Ride on L.A. for 1,750 scholarship lessons, and full or partial scholarships for 50 local students
- $96,000 to St. John’s Healthcare Foundation for the purchase of four General Electric maternal/fetal monitoring systems, two portable carts, and one infant warmer
- $20,000 to United Way of Ventura County, Inc., to provide oral health education, dental assessments, fluoride varnish applications, and oral health care kits to over 1,500 students
- $20,000 to the Ventura Police Community Foundation for school, art, fitness, and wellness supplies for their after-school program
Grants are awarded in the spring and fall of each year. The deadline for letters of interest for Spring 2023 grants is September 30, 2022. 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 www.samuelssonfoundation.org.
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.