Venoco’s corporate giving program, known as the Venoco Community Partnership, seeks to reinvest in the company’s areas of operations. Our grantmaking program utilizes an online submission system and funding cycles targeting three primary focus areas; health, critical human services, and education and youth serving programs. A diverse committee of employees representing various departments review applications and perform site visits to better understand the needs of the community. The list of organizations that have benefited from the Venoco Community Partnership grants is extensive and includes nonprofit organizations focused on providing services, programs and assistance to under-served and at-risk populations that have broad and significant impacts on the greatest number of people in the community.
Through the Venoco Community Partnership (VCP), the company strives to be a leader in corporate giving and volunteerism, creating partnerships with organizations that strengthen the communities where we operate and encouraging employee engagement.
Grant funding may be requested primarily for program and general operating expenses. Requests for support of fundraisers, capital campaigns and endowment funds may be considered, but are not the primary focus of VCP support.
Funding Priorities: Venoco’s giving priorities include:
- Human Services
Requests for arts/culture, sports, environment, and civic/community organizations are not generally given top priority consideration. However a request may be considered for funding if the proposed program or service is directly related to education, is integrated into classroom instruction, has demonstrated impact and is not limited to single exposure experiences, such as performances, field trips or events.
Public schools are funded at the district level and not for individual schools unless an individual school is requesting funding for innovative new programs that have the potential to be expanded to other schools in the district.
Venoco does not generally fund organizations focused on services and programs directed to single/specific medical diseases or condition. Organizations targeting specific medical diseases or conditions will be considered in the cases of broad impact to the local and general population and scope of services rendered.
Human services support is directed to programs and services for underserved populations include “safety net” (food, shelter, clothing), economic development, etc.
To be eligible for consideration an organization must:
- Offer programs and services in areas in which Venoco has business operations. Current areas of operations include: the southern portion of Santa Barbara County, the western portion of Ventura County, and the city of Beverly Hills.
- Have proof of the IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization designation, and not classified as a private foundation.
- Have a clearly defined mission that provides needed services to the target populations. Must have evidence of delivery of services and impact on the recipients.
- Be accessible and open to all segments of the community.
- Must be effectively organized, with employment standards in place that include hiring staff and elect/appoint board members without discrimination based on gender, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, or physical disability.
Meeting all of the eligibility requirements alone does not guarantee approval. Approval of grant requests is the sole discretion of Venoco.
Organizations new to Venoco must contact the Community Partnership Manager to determine eligibility before submitting an application.
- Applications are accepted and approved according to the following schedule during each fiscal year:
- January 1-15 Submit grant applications for Health. Direct services in support of physical and mental health, substance abuse, nutrition
- May 1-15 Submit grant applications for Education. Programs, youth serving programs with educational goals
- September 1-15 Submit grant applications for Human Services. Programs serving high risk, underserved populations, such as safety net services.
IMPORTANT: Grant submissions will only be accepted between the 1st and 15th of each funding deadline month.
- All organizations requesting funds must complete an online grant application and submit it with all required documentation.
- Generic mass mailings will not be considered for funding.
- All new organizations will be required to have a site visit before review of the request. Subsequent site visits will be held as deemed necessary.
- Requests are reviewed by a committee of Venoco employees, recommendations are made and forwarded to the CEO for final approval.
- Multiple requests in a calendar year are not accepted.
- Organizations will receive written notification of the approved grant. Upon receipt of a signed contract, Venoco will mail a check to the accepted organization.
- Organizations that receive a grant of $1000 or greater must complete a Final Evaluation Report within 90 days of receipt of grant or when the funded program or event has concluded. Reports must contain a financial accounting of funds, along with outcome indicators. Subsequent grant applications will not be reviewed without a completed report on file. A copy of the Final Evaluation Report can be found here.
- Please note: all requests, regardless of compliance with the above guidelines, are subject to approval.
- Past grant approvals do not guarantee future funding. Applications must be submitted annually to be considered for funding.
The following are not eligible for funds:
- Organizations located outside the areas where Venoco has business operations.
- Individuals or individual sponsorships.
- Political parties, organizations, candidates, campaigns or events.
- Association or membership dues, annual meetings, conferences and conventions.
- Field trips, tours, or travel expenses (unless demonstrated as integral part of program).
- Organizations primarily promoting religious doctrine; requiring participants to be of a certain faith to participate in programs or receive services, or delivering services with prayer or other specifically religious activities.
- Donor-advised funds, private foundations, personal trusts.
- Requests deemed as “pass through” grants or third party fundraisers.
- Individual student scholarships or tuition assistance.
- Private schools.
- Athletic teams, booster clubs or social groups.
- Fraternal organizations.
- Salaries or personnel requests (unless directly related to sustainability of the organization).
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, or physical disability.
- National organizations (unless they have a major presence in the local community and a major percentage of funds raised stay in the local community).
- Government or public agencies (excluding public school districts).
Although an organization may meet all of the eligibility requirements, that alone does not guarantee approval. Approval and denial of grant requests is at the sole discretion of Venoco.
Organizations new to Venoco must contact us to determine eligibility before submitting an application. See contact information below for the appropriate person to speak with.
An Important Notice To California NonProfits Seeking Funding:
Dear Nonprofit Friends,
Venoco is proud of our long history of supporting the communities in which we live and operate through charitable giving, volunteerism, and employee board participation. Unfortunately, the oil and gas industry is currently facing a number of challenges, both nationally and in our community of Santa Barbara County. The declining price of oil along with a production shutdown resulting from the Plains All American Pipeline closure have required our company to face difficult decisions. Therefore, today we are announcing a financial restructuring of Venoco as a significant step in our ongoing efforts to position the company for long term success. We are confident that this financial restructuring will further enhance Venoco’s position as an industry leader in safety, environmental stewardship, and community partnership.
To facilitate this financial restructuring, we have elected to file for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Although we are confident that this court-supervised process is the best way to improve Venoco’s financial position, we have had to make some difficult business decisions that will also likely affect some of our community partners in the near term. These include awarding fewer grants to our community partners within a restricted budget for the time being.
For those of you seeking grants this year, we will be instituting a temporary policy of an invitational grant application process, effective May 1. Please contact Marybeth Carty at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 805-745-2282 before submitting a grant proposal in May or September to be certain it qualifies for consideration.
We remain committed to the core value of philanthropy under which the company was founded and look forward to continued involvement with our community partners. We are confident that Venoco will emerge from this restructuring process in a stronger position and will be able to provide continued support for our community partners well into the future. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Chief Operations Officer
Important Message to Denver area NonProfits
Dear Nonprofit Partner,
We are very sorry to inform you that Venoco will be discontinuing most of our current grant making in the Colorado/Denver Metro area, effective immediately. Thank you for your past and recent submissions. We regret that we cannot grant any funds at this time. Your contact information and grant history will remain in our system. We request that you please submit any outstanding Final Evaluation reports by the due date set forward at the time of your award.
Please check back with us later in the year when we hope to know more about future funding plans.
In the meantime, questions may be directed to Marybeth Carty at email@example.com.
Best of luck to you and your organization, and our best wishes for your continued progress.
Please click on the appropriate link below to complete your Venoco Community Partnership Application.
Organizations based in California use the following link:
Users who want to continue with an application that is in process, please use the following link:
Applications must be completed by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please direct all questions and completed forms to:
Community Partnership Manager
6267 Carpinteria Ave. Suite 100
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 745-2100, fax (805) 745-1816