Recent Grants

Recent Grants

In 2016, we awarded over $2 million in the Community Impact Grant Program and $486,000 over three years for 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 $15,000.00 Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a school and community-wide program in Salinas
CHISPA $15,500.00 After school programs at 12 multi-family affordable housing communities
Raising A Reader $17,500.00 Early childhood and family literacy program in Monterey County
Seniors Council $20,000.00 Foster Grandparents tutor program in Monterey County
Restorative Justice Partners, Inc. $20,000.00 Restorative Justice in the Schools, a collaborative alternative school discipline approach
Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries $20,000.00 Free after school homework centers
The Epicenter $20,000.00 A youth-led community center serving transition-age youth 16-24
Read to Me Project $25,000.00 Family literacy and kindergarten readiness program for underserved children in Salinas Valley
The Village Project, Inc. $25,000.00 Mae C. Johnson Education and Cultural Enrichment Academy
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County $25,000.00 General operating support for youth programs
Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast $25,000.00 Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Central Coast YMCA $25,000.00 Y’s AfterSchool/YouthFit4Life, a youth development and obesity prevention program
Community Partnership for Youth $25,000.00 An after school mentor tutor prevention program
Hartnell College Foundation $27,500.00 K-12 Young STEM Talent Program
Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast $30,000.00 After school empowerment and leadership programs in Salinas Valley
The Wahine Project $5,000.00 Girl empowerment and environmental stewardship through surfing
OLINGA LEARNING $8,000.00 STEM community building program for young people and their families in the Salinas Valley
Special Kids Crusade $8,000.00 Special Kids inclusive after school program for Salinas youth
City of Greenfield: Greenfield Community Science Workshop $10,000.00 Greenfield Community Science Workshop
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower $10,000.00 Starting Strong program, social-emotional and academic success for migrant children
City of King $10,500.00 Comprehensive after-school program with ProYouth at elementary school sites in King City
Parent Institute for Quality Education, Inc. $12,000.00 Parent engagement program in Seaside and Salinas
Partners For Peace $12,000.00 Expansion of the Parent Project in South County, Marina and Seaside
Positive Discipline Community Resources $12,000.00 Parenting for Strong Communities Monterey County, education and support for a respectful culture

Health & Human Services 2017

Access Support Network $50,000.00 Housing stability (rent, emergency shelter, utilities) for people living with HIV in Monterey County
Alliance on Aging $35,000.00 General operating support towards seniors’ independence and well-being
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association $10,000.00 General operating support for Alzheimer’s education/support services
Big Sur Health Center $30,000.00 Increased access to healthcare for vulnerable populations
Big Sur International Marathon $10,000.00 Just Run youth fitness program
Breathe California Central Coast $8,000.00 Asthma and lung health education for Monterey County residents
Carmel Foundation $10,000.00 Lunch and home-bound meal programs
Central Coast Center for Independent Living $15,000.00 Independent living services and case management for adults and children
Community Human Services $30,000.00 Substance abuse and mental health services at Chinatown Health Services Center in Salinas
Episcopal Senior Communities Foundation $8,000.00 Emergency Funds Program, one-time emergency financial safety net support for low-income seniors
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast $20,000.00 Suicide prevention services including a 24-hour suicide crisis line and educational presentations
Food Bank for Monterey County $30,000.00 Emergency nutrition assistance
Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra $30,000.00 Dorothy’s Drop-In Center, providing a path to housing out of chronic homelessness
Hospice Giving Foundation $20,000.00 End-of-life care outreach and education
Housing Resource Center of Monterey County $15,000.00 Emergency shelter and rental assistance for homeless senior and disabled women on the Monterey Peninsula
Independent Transportation Network Monterey County $25,000.00 Transportation for seniors and visually impaired adults
Interim, Inc. $20,000.00 New Bridge House, dual diagnosis treatment facility
Kinship Center, A Member of Seneca Family of Agencies $20,000.00 Specialized family counseling to meet expanding need in Monterey County
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula $20,000.00 Home delivered meals program
Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley $25,000.00 Home delivered meals program
Monterey County Rape Crisis Center $20,000.00 Child Abuse Prevention Education Program
Natividad Medical Foundation $20,000.00 5 Steps to Prevent Diabetes program
Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance $10,000.00 Expanded mental health services for North Monterey County residents
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte $30,000.00 Clinical operating funds for Seaside and Salinas health centers
RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. $15,000.00 RotaCare Monterey free medical clinic
Salud Para La Gente $25,000.00 Children’s dental disease prevention and treatment program in Monterey County
Southern Monterey County Hospital Foundation  $19,500.00 Three electrocardiogram (ECG) machines
Sun Street Centers $20,000.00 Safe Teens Empowerment Project (STEPS) Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Veterans Transition Center $15,000.00 L.I.F.E, a transitional housing program rehabilitating homeless veterans and veteran families
Voices for Children – CASA $20,000.00 General operating support to recruit, train, and manage court-appointed advocates for foster youth
YWCA Monterey County $25,000.00 Transitional Housing Case Manager
YWCA of Watsonville $12,000.00 YW-Teens, a preventive after-school program for girls at Pajaro Middle School

Community Development 2016

ACTION Council of Monterey County $20,000 General operating support to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Monterey County
Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) $12,000 Farmer Education & Enterprise Development (FEED) program to provide small business training in agriculture
California FarmLink $28,000 Small business development and access to capital for low-income Latino farmers in Monterey County
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey $30,000 Immigration services in south Monterey County
Community Bridges $12,000 Spanish literacy education for monolingual Spanish speakers and Indigenous peoples
Digital NEST $25,000 Agriculture-business technology career training program for youth in Salinas
El Pajaro Community Development Corporation $20,000 Microlending and financial literacy services in North Monterey County
Everyone’s Harvest $8,405 Alisal Farmers’ Market, to provide nutrition education and access to local produce
Loaves, Fishes & Computers $22,000 Hands-on employment training and computer refurbishing in Monterey County
MPC Foundation $21,402 60 Chromebooks for English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction
Opportunity Fund Northern California $23,300 Microlending and financial literacy services in Monterey County
Rancho Cielo $39,500 At-risk youth employment training in Monterey Couty
Salinas Valley Community Church $12,000 Free English literacy instruction for adults
Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps $20,000 Employment training and resource programs on the Monterey Peninsula

Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation 2016

Alisal Center for the Fine Arts $25,000 General operating support for a community arts center in East Salinas
Ariel Theatrical $5,000 2017 Spring Musical Conservatory Programs
Art in Action $10,000 Art in Action, after school visual arts program for Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Arts Council for Monterey County $20,000 Mural Arts Monterey County, a family arts program in North County, South County, and East Salinas
Arts Council Santa Cruz County $15,000 Arts education in Santa Cruz/Monterey County border schools
Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua $10,000 Phase III-Earthquake Retrofit/Restoration of Mission San Antonio de Padua
Carl Cherry Center For The Arts $12,000 Thinking Out Loud, countywide poetry workshops, and contest
City of Monterey Museums and Cultural Arts $40,000 Colton Hall Accessibility, an ADA bathroom
El Sistema USA/Salinas, Inc.  $30,000 YoSal, an after school music program for K- 9  students in Salinas
First Night Monterey $10,000 Greenfield community arts center programming
Friends of Olympia Station dba Tandy Beal & Company $15,000 ArtSmart, concerts, and classes in music, dance, and circus for children, teachers, and families
Middlebury Institute of International Studies $30,000 Preserving Monterey’s Lara Soto Adobe
Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum $25,000 School tours and educational programming on the region’s history as a rural farming community
Monterey Jazz Festival $25,000 Monterey Jazz in the Schools program (MJIS), bringing expert jazz musicians into music programs
National Steinbeck Center $25,000 General operating support
Old Monterey Foundation $33,585 Replacement of perimeter fence at Lower Presidio Historic Park in Monterey
Sol Treasures $30,000 General operating support
SpectorDance $20,000 General operating support for issue-based multidisciplinary dance performances and outreach
Sunset Cultural Center, Inc $30,000 Arts-in-Education: Classroom Connections, Turnaround Arts: California, and Partners in Education
Youth Arts Collective $20,000 Youth Arts Collective, an after school art education and mentorship program for youth ages 14-22
Youth Music Monterey $20,000 Beginning strings instruction and local youth orchestras programs

Environment & Animal Welfare 2016

Big Sur Land Trust $30,000 General operating support to address damages caused by the Soberanes Fire
Ecology Action $10,000 Bicycle and pedestrian safety training for Monterey County youth
Elkhorn Slough Foundation $20,000 Sand Hill Farm restoration project
MEarth $20,000 Environmental education programs for underserved youth in Monterey County
Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation $10,000 Splash Zone, an environmental education program for Head Start preschoolers in Monterey County
O’Neill Sea Odyssey $13,000 Ocean science and environmental education program for Monterey County youth
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue $20,000 Helping Paws, a program to keep pets with their owners and related rescue and adoption services
Save Our Shores $15,000 Environmental engagement and stewardship of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Ventana Wilderness Alliance $10,000 Youth in Wilderness (YiW), an in-class and outdoor education program for Monterey County youth
Ventana Wildlife Society $25,000 Environmental and wildlife education for youth in Monterey County
Watsonville Wetlands Watch $21,500 Wetland Stewards, a habitat restoration and environmental education program in North Monterey County