Community Impact Grants

The Community Foundation for Monterey County's strategic plan embraces a countywide vision of Healthy, Safe and Vibrant CommunitiesCommunity Impact Grants address critical issues and opportunities in four program areas that advance this vision. Under each program area, we have defined specific funding priorities that build upon our past grantmaking and initiatives, and are based on an analysis of local needs, assets and opportunities for achieving strategic results. Approximately $2 million will be available for 2015.

Download the complete Community Impact Grants Framework and Guidelines

Download the 2015 Community Impact Grants Application Questions

Download the 2015 Community Impact Small Grants Application Questions
        Note: to submit an application use our new online application system

Community Impact Information Sessions

Learn about the updates and changes to the Community Impact grant program for 2015, including our new online application platform. We will accept grant applications addressing Community Engagement, Healthy Places & Spaces, Economic Opportunity, Arts & Culture, Heritage, Environmental Engagement and Animal Welfare received by August 7. (Additional presentations will be offered in the winter in preparation for the February 5, 2016 application deadline.)

Please pre-register for one of the following information sessions.

June 17, 2015
June 18, 2015
June 23, 2015
June 25, 2015
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Program Areas

Investing In Our People

  • Youth Development and Education: Early childhood & K-12 education, youth development and parent engagement
  • Health and Human Services:  Prevention and early intervention services, independent living support and basic needs

Strengthening Our Communities

  • Economic Opportunity: Basic English and digital literacy, employment readiness, and financial education
  • Community Engagement: Community organizing, leadership development, nonprofit infrastructure strengthening, and immigrant services
  • Healthy Places and Spaces: Community revitalization, access to healthy food, and emergency preparedness/response

Celebrating Our Cultures

  • Arts and Culture: Art education, audience development, and arts-based community-building
  • Heritage: Historic and cultural preservation and understanding

Stewarding Our Environment

  • Environmental Engagement: Environmental education and stewardship activities
  • Animal Welfare: Animal welfare and companion/service animal programs


Important Dates

Deadline Program Area Decision

February 6, 2015

Investing In Our People
(Youth Development and Education, Health and Human Services)

August 7, 2015

Strengthening Our Communities
(Economic Opportunity, Community Engagement, Healthy Places and Spaces)

August 7, 2015

Celebrating Our Cultures
(Arts and Culture, Heritage)

August 7, 2015 Stewarding Our Environment
(Engagement, Animal Welfare)


How are funds allocated?

Funding for the Community Impact Grants Program comes from a variety of field of interest and unrestricted funds managed by the CFMC. These funds are all endowed, meaning that the amount of funding available for CI grants is dependent on market performance in a given year. Field of interest funds are established by donors who are interested in supporting a given area, such as education, health, culture, the environment, and seniors. Donors also may limit grantmaking from their fund to a geographic area and/or client population. The priority areas in the Community Impact Grants Framework were developed through a series of workshops with nonprofits and community members and are reflective of the variety of intentions with which donors established these funds. CFMC staff and grant committees work to match the available funds in each priority area with effective program addressing critical community needs, while honoring the intentions of donors.

For more information about applying for a Community Impact grant, contact Janet Shing or call 831.754.5880 ext 137.
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