Recent Grants

Recent Grants

In 2017, we awarded over $1.9 million through the Community Impact Grant program and $486,000 over three years through the Next Steps for Small Nonprofits program.

More detailed information on the grants awarded can be found below by program area.

Children & Youth 2017

Harmony At Home $15,000 Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a school and community-wide program in Salinas
CHISPA $15,500 After school programs at 12 multi-family affordable housing communities
Raising A Reader $17,500 Early childhood and family literacy program in Monterey County
Seniors Council $20,000 Foster Grandparents tutor program in Monterey County
Restorative Justice Partners, Inc. $20,000 Restorative Justice in the Schools, a collaborative alternative school discipline approach
Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries $20,000 Free after school homework centers
The Epicenter $20,000 A youth-led community center serving transition-age youth 16-24
Read to Me Project $25,000 Family literacy and kindergarten readiness program for underserved children in Salinas Valley
The Village Project, Inc. $25,000 Mae C. Johnson Education and Cultural Enrichment Academy
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County $25,000 General operating support for youth programs
Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast $25,000 Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Central Coast YMCA $25,000 Y’s AfterSchool/YouthFit4Life, a youth development and obesity prevention program
Community Partnership for Youth $25,000 An after school mentor tutor prevention program
Hartnell College Foundation $27,500 K-12 Young STEM Talent Program
Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast $30,000 After school empowerment and leadership programs in Salinas Valley
The Wahine Project $5,000 Girl empowerment and environmental stewardship through surfing
OLINGA LEARNING $8,000 STEM community building program for young people and their families in the Salinas Valley
Special Kids Crusade $8,000 Special Kids inclusive after school program for Salinas youth
City of Greenfield: Greenfield Community Science Workshop $10,000 Greenfield Community Science Workshop
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower $10,000 Starting Strong program, social-emotional and academic success for migrant children
City of King $10,500 Comprehensive after-school program with ProYouth at elementary school sites in King City
Parent Institute for Quality Education, Inc. $12,000 Parent engagement program in Seaside and Salinas
Partners For Peace $12,000 Expansion of the Parent Project in South County, Marina and Seaside
Positive Discipline Community Resources $12,000 Parenting for Strong Communities Monterey County, education and support for a respectful culture

Health & Human Services 2017

Access Support Network $50,000 Housing stability (rent, emergency shelter, utilities) for people living with HIV in Monterey County
Alliance on Aging $35,000 General operating support towards seniors’ independence and well-being
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association $10,000 General operating support for Alzheimer’s education/support services
Big Sur Health Center $30,000 Increased access to healthcare for vulnerable populations
Big Sur International Marathon $10,000 Just Run youth fitness program
Breathe California Central Coast $8,000 Asthma and lung health education for Monterey County residents
Carmel Foundation $10,000 Lunch and home-bound meal programs
Central Coast Center for Independent Living $15,000 Independent living services and case management for adults and children
Community Human Services $30,000 Substance abuse and mental health services at Chinatown Health Services Center in Salinas
Episcopal Senior Communities Foundation $8,000 Emergency Funds Program, one-time emergency financial safety net support for low-income seniors
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast $20,000 Suicide prevention services including a 24-hour suicide crisis line and educational presentations
Food Bank for Monterey County $30,000 Emergency nutrition assistance
Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra $30,000 Dorothy’s Drop-In Center, providing a path to housing out of chronic homelessness
Hospice Giving Foundation $20,000 End-of-life care outreach and education
Housing Resource Center of Monterey County $15,000 Emergency shelter and rental assistance for homeless senior and disabled women on the Monterey Peninsula
Independent Transportation Network Monterey County $25,000 Transportation for seniors and visually impaired adults
Interim, Inc. $20,000 New Bridge House, dual diagnosis treatment facility
Kinship Center, A Member of Seneca Family of Agencies $20,000 Specialized family counseling to meet expanding need in Monterey County
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula $20,000 Home delivered meals program
Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley $25,000 Home delivered meals program
Monterey County Rape Crisis Center $20,000 Child Abuse Prevention Education Program
Natividad Medical Foundation $20,000 5 Steps to Prevent Diabetes program
Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance $10,000 Expanded mental health services for North Monterey County residents
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte $30,000 Clinical operating funds for Seaside and Salinas health centers
RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. $15,000 RotaCare Monterey free medical clinic
Salud Para La Gente $25,000 Children’s dental disease prevention and treatment program in Monterey County
Southern Monterey County Hospital Foundation  $19,500 Three electrocardiogram (ECG) machines
Sun Street Centers $20,000 Safe Teens Empowerment Project (STEPS) Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Veterans Transition Center $15,000 L.I.F.E, a transitional housing program rehabilitating homeless veterans and veteran families
Voices for Children – CASA $20,000 General operating support to recruit, train, and manage court-appointed advocates for foster youth
YWCA Monterey County $25,000 Transitional Housing Case Manager
YWCA of Watsonville $12,000 YW-Teens, a preventive after-school program for girls at Pajaro Middle School

Community Development 2017

ACTION Council of Monterey County  $20,000 General operating support around community building and organizational capacity training for fiscal sponsored groups
Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)  $25,000 Small business training in organic farming
California FarmLink  $25,000 Small business development and access to capital for low-income Latino farmers in Monterey County
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey  $25,000 Immigration services in Salinas Valley and expansion into South Monterey County
Center for Community Advocacy  $25,000 Community leadership development in Pajaro and youth leadership development in East Salinas
El Pajaro Community Development Corporation  $25,000 Small business development (micro-enterprise) training
Everyone’s Harvest  $11,000 Alisal Certified Farmers Market, a farmers’ market providing nutrition education and access to local produce
Junior Achievement of Northern California, Inc.  $12,000 Workforce readiness and entrepreneurial program for youth in North Monterey County
Loaves, Fishes & Computers  $19,500 Free to low-cost computer refurbishing, repair, technical assistance and employment training
Radio Bilingue, Inc.  $22,500 Conozca Sus Derechos & Tome Acción/Know Your Rights & Take Action, an immigrant rights radio show for indigenous people (Triqui)
Rancho Cielo  $30,000 Youth employment training for at-risk youth
Salinas Valley Community Church  $12,000 Adult Literacy Center, a free English literacy program for adults
Tatum’s Garden Foundation  $13,000 Tatum’s Treehouse, a fully inclusive playground in Quail Meadows at Toro Park

Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation 2017

ARIEL Theatrical  $9,500 2018 spring musical conservatory programs
Art in Action  $12,000 After-school and summer school visual arts program for Monterey Peninsula Unified School District students
Carl Cherry Center For The Arts  $8,000 Thinking Out Loud, countywide poetry workshops and contest
Chamber Music Monterey Bay  $6,300 Visiting Artists Outreach, Our Kids Up Front & Free, and pre-concert lectures
Friends of Olympia Station dba Tandy Beal & Company  $12,000 ArtSmart: An arts education program for children, teachers, and concerts in MPUSD
Junior League of Monterey County  $6,000 Painting and pathway repair at the Old Whaling Station Adobe in Monterey
Monterey County Historical Society, Inc.   $9,850 Presentation of the history of pioneering women of the Monterey Peninsula through the Against All Odds exhibit
Monterey Jazz Festival  $12,000 Monterey Jazz in the Schools program, bringing expert jazz musicians into music programs
Monterey Museum of Art  $27,700 School Visit Program — increasing accessibility to educational art experiences for K-12 students
Monterey Symphony  $25,000 Arts education and audience development in the 2017-18 season
Sol Treasures  $30,000 General operating support
Sunset Cultural Center, Inc  $30,000 Arts education programs
Youth Arts Collective  $20,000 After-school art education and mentorship program for youth ages 14-22
Youth Music Monterey  $20,000 Youth orchestras, chamber ensembles, master classes and string instruction programs for young people

Environment & Animal Welfare 2017

Big Sur Land Trust  $25,000 Nature camps for youth to inspire a new generation of conservation stewards
Elkhorn Slough Foundation  $22,000 Environmental restoration and land conservation of Sand Hill Farm
MEarth  $24,000 NatureConnect + FoodConnect, an environmental and nutritional educational program for under served youth
Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation  $15,000 Splash Zone, an environmental education program for Head Start preschoolers
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue  $15,500 Helping Paws, a program to keep pets with their owners and related rescue and adoption services
Pinnacles Partnership  $11,967 Camp Pinnacles, hands-on environmental education and outdoor experiences
Point Lobos Foundation  $20,200 Habitat Heroes, an invasive plant removal, re-vegetation, and long-term conservation project
Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals of Monterey County (SPCA)  $10,500 Pet Meals, a meal program for pets of home-bound individuals
Ventana Wildlife Society  $25,000 Outdoor environmental education for youth from underserved communities
Watsonville Wetlands Watch  $20,000 Wetlands Stewards after-school program