Grants & Support
At the Community Foundation for Monterey County, we believe that a healthy and vibrant nonprofit sector is key to our goal of strengthening communities throughout Monterey County. The Foundation is a partner and funder to a wide-range of nonprofits and community leaders doing important, innovative work in our region. We awarded more than $9 million in 2012 to 400 grantees in Monterey County and beyond.
- Community Impact Grants (formerly the General Endowment) comprise the CFMC's largest responsive grants program. The four major program areas are: Investing in Our People, Strengthening Our Communities, Celebrating Our Cultures and Stewarding Our Environment.
- The Community Leadership Project is a special capacity-building grants program for nonprofit organizations located in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. The goal of these multi-year grants (2013-2016) is to increase the sustainability of thirteen small, community-based organizations serving low-income communities of color on the Central Coast.
- Opportunity Grants are small grants which incorporate the former Technical Assistance grants to address a wider spectrum of needs including organizational development projects, emerging ventures, urgent needs and other time-sensitive efforts where a small amount of money will make a big difference.
- Neighborhood Grants support the wide variety of local neighborhood groups working to improve the quality of life at a grassroots level. The Neighborhood Grants Program provides small grants and technical support to neighborhood groups throughout Monterey County that are helping residents help themselves to make a better life for their family and neighbors.
Women’s Fund Grants are awarded by annually by the Women’s Fund of Monterey County, a field of interest fund of the Community Foundation. They support efforts to bring about real change in two broad areas: advancing the economic prosperity of women, and investing in the future of women and girls.
- Stanton Grants are awarded to human services and arts organizations preferred in the Stanton guidelines and funded by the Robert & Virginia Stanton Endowment.
- Futer Essential Human Services Grants are part of the Community Impact Grants program. This special funding opportunity will provide three-year operating support grants to help high-performing human service organizations sustain and strengthen their operations for the future.
- Donor Advised Grants are provided through Donor Advised Funds established at the Community Foundation by individuals, families and organizations who determine the goals and objectives of the grants from their funds. Donor advised funds are not open to requests for funding.
- Scholarships and Awards offered through the Community Foundation include numerous scholarships and awards programs administered through local schools and committees.
- Restricted Purpose Grants are grants designated to specific organizations and include the Todd Lueders Fund for the Arts and the TriCounty Blood Bank program.
- Organizational Development Assistance includes a robust array of offerings to include small Grants to nonprofit organizations and neighborhood-based organizations; training and professional development services through our Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE); the LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) Institute, a 12-month professional program designed for the next generation of nonprofit leaders; Social Network Support, a social network mapping program to strengthen relationships and collaboration in the nonprofit sector; individualized consultation with CFMC staff and other nonprofit experts, monthly enewslettter and a wide array of print and online resources.
For more information about our grants program, please contact Julie Drezner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831.375.9712 x112.