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Opportunity Grants


The Opportunity Fund is the CFMC’s small grants program to address a wide spectrum of needs.  Applications are accepted year round for grants to support emerging organizations and ventures, urgent needs and other time-sensitive efforts where a small amount of money will make a difference.  Opportunity Fund grants typically range between $1,000 and $5,000.  While larger grants (up to $10,000) may be considered, they are the exception.


  • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, fiscally-sponsored organizations, and occasionally, other unincorporated public benefit organizations serving Monterey County residents.
  • Fiscal sponsors may submit applications for more than one sponsored group, as well as applications for their own organization.
  • Individual organizations within a collaborative applying for a grant may also apply for their own Opportunity Grant, as long as it is not for the same project as that of the collaborative.
  • Organizations may receive a Community Impact grant and an Opportunity grant in the same calendar year, as long as the grants are not for the same purpose.
  • Businesses and individuals are not eligible, with the exception of social enterprises associated with a local nonprofit.

Guidelines and Application

Before submitting your application for a grant please review the Opportunity Grant Guidelines, which include more information about funding priorities and requirements. You may also wish to review the list below of recent grants made to organizations for urgent or emerging projects.

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) accepts and reviews Opportunity grant applications throughout the year, until all available funds have been awarded. We encourage interested grantseekers to contact us to discuss proposal ideas before submitting a grant application. 

You may view the application questions and then Apply for a Grant.


A two-step evaluation report is due to us one year after you've been awarded an opportunity grant. This form can be completed through the online grant system used to apply for the grant. Contact us if you have any questions. The evaluation report will include the following:

  1. An expense report, detailing how the funds were spent.
  2. An evaluation form in which you report on how the grant was used, the impact it had on your organization and/or community, what you have learned, and your next steps.

Recent Grants

Important Dates

Applications are accepted year-round and funding decisions are generally made within one month of submitting an application.

If you have questions regarding your application, email Janet Shing or call 831.754.5880 ext 137.