Organizational Development

Organizational Development

Organizational Development (OD) Grants support one-time activities that strengthen an organization’s ability to function effectively and efficiently.

Reviewed by our Center for Nonprofit Excellence staff, OD grants focus on the inner workings of an organization, rather than its programs and services. This support is integral to our commitment to building the capacity of nonprofits to advance their missions.

Elsa-QuezadaIt’s great to have a local foundation that funds infrastructure issues. These projects strengthen the organization, with improvements in areas such as service delivery, governance, marketing, and fund development. – Elsa Quezada, Executive Director, CCCIL Central Coast Center for Independent Living

At a Glance

Grant Amount $500 – $5,000
Application Deadlines Year-round
Scope and Characteristics
  • Projects address the internal workings and effectiveness of a nonprofit organization rather than programs
  • One-time activities that will make a significant difference in the way the organization works
  • Assumes organization will budget for similar activities in the future
  • Organizations can demonstrate a solid plan and readiness to make these changes
Application and Reporting
  • After reading guidelines, contact a Center for Nonprofit Excellence staff person before applying
  • Online application
  • Reporting also online (unless reporting on a 2014 grant)
Decision Usually within 2 months of receiving a complete application


  • 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 Organizational Development grant, as long as it is not for the same project as that of the collaborative.
  • Organizations may receive a Community Impact grant, Opportunity grant, and an Organizational Development 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.
  • Please contact us if your organization has not yet received its nonprofit status and plans to apply in conjunction with a fiscal sponsor.

All organizations applying for a grant must be current on reporting obligations for past CFMC grants.

Guidelines and Application

Before submitting your application for a grant:

  1. Review the Organizational Development Grant Guidelines
  2. Have a conversation with CNE staff (required)
  3. Review the list below of recent grants

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

  • Organizational Development grants range between $1,000 and $5,000
  • Review usually takes two months. Grants cannot pay for previously completed activities so please plan accordingly

Please review the application questions, then apply for a grant.


A final report is due 3-12 months after receiving a grant.

Evaluation Components:

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

Online Grants Manager

Recent Grants

Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc. $5,000 Facilitated strategic planning process
California FarmLink $3,000 Business model planning retreat
Castroville Coalition $5,000 Facilitated strategic planning process
Easter Seals Central California $2,000 Facilitated strategic planning process
Everyone’s Harvest $3,825 Coaching/training to implement strategic plan
Independent Transportation Network Monterey County $1,125 Research for rural transportation model and corresponding software system
Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley $4,500 Coaching/training for development of strategic plan
MEarth $4,950 Implementation of strategic goals
Monterey County Film Commission $4,200 Strategic plan, board and fund development, related technology
Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County (NAMC) $5,000 Facilitated strategic planning process
Palenke Arts $4,990 Fund development planning and coaching
Salinas Valley Fair $5,000 Board facilitation for Master Plan, strategic plan, fund development plan
Save Our Shores $2,187 VoIP system hardware to improve communications
Sun Street Centers $5,000 50th anniversary planning phase
The Offset Project $4,704 Strategic plan finalization and financial analysis
The Wahine Project $3,500 Lifeguard, Safety and Ocean Rescue Training for two nonprofits
YWCA Monterey County $5,000 Financial Management and Literacy