Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP)

The Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP) is the Community Foundations for Monterey County’s commitment to support community- and volunteer-led groups throughout Monterey County at the grassroots level. Groups may apply for a grant ranging from $500 to $4,000 for a project or series of activities that improves the quality of life in their neighborhood.  Since 1997, more than $800,000 has been awarded to groups from throughout Monterey County.


Groups are eligible to apply for a neighborhood grant if they meet the following criteria:

  • Group is made up of 5 or more person (cannot be related)
  • Group is based in Monterey County
  • Project or activities are carried out in any one of the cities or unincorporated areas of Monterey County
  • Group does not have any a final report due from a previous grant
  • Able to open a bank account under the group’s name (assistance will be provided)


Groups who apply will be selected based on the information from their application and from the information they present to our grants committee.  The Neighborhood Grants Program Committee will base their selection on the following criteria:

  • Need:  Does the project fulfill a community need that is not currently being met?
  • Leadership: Does the group demonstrate leadership and train its members to take on leadership roles?
  • Involvement: Does the group involve other people in the project?  Are decisions made by the group and not by just one member?
  • Impact:  Will the group’s project achieve positive changes for their community?
  • Presentation: Can your group prepare a strong presentation that clearly communicates what your group does and why it should be awarded a grant?


Before filling out the Neighborhood Grants Program applications, groups should first read the information below regarding eligibility, guidelines, reporting requirements, and the important dates.  The application does not have to be filled out electronically, a majority of the applications are hand written and dropped off in person, mailed or faxed to our office.  Please use the link below to download the application:

Final Report

A group who receives a neighborhood grant will be required to submit a Final Report, the final report is due 11 months from when they receive their grantee check.  The final report is made up of the following forms and will be provide to the grantee at the annual Awards Ceremony:

  • Reflection Form
  • Expense Form (with receipts)
  • Participant List/Major Events List
  • Success Story (optional)
  • Copies of photos, newspaper clippings, awards (optional)

Important Dates

Important Dates


January 5, 2015 (Mon)

Application is available

February 2, 2015 (Mon)

Information Session - Seaside

February 4, 2015 (Wed)

Information Session - Aromas

February 10, 2015 (Tues)

Information Session - Greenfield

February 12, 2015 (Thurs)

Information Session - Salinas

February 20, 2015 (Fri)

Deadline to apply (applications due before 5:00 pm)


For more information about the Neighborhood Grants Program, call 831.754.5880 or email Aurelio Salazar, Jr., CFMC Program Officer.