Fund for Homeless Women

Fund for Homeless Women

The Fund for Homeless Women is a field of interest fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) established to support programs and services for homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula.

The fund is made up of contributions from community members that share a deep concern for the plight of homeless women, particularly the many older, single women who are in danger every night and for whom few options for safety and secure housing exist. A gift from an anonymous CFMC fund holder in 2012 endowed the fund.

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  • Grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies.
  • Only one grant application per organization will be considered. Fiscal sponsors may submit more than one application for different sponsored groups and one for their own organization.
  • Only proposals serving homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula will be accepted.

What grant funds will support

  • Planning and start-up costs for new programs or expansion of existing programs to fill a gap or support a new approach. Consideration will be given to operating costs for existing programs where a small amount of funding can make a difference.
  • Personnel expenses that relate to specific program goals; equipment, materials or facilities costs that directly benefit participants or are an identifiable part of the proposed project.
  • For emergency assistance small grants, funding will support only direct assistance to homeless women, such as hotel vouchers or personal care expenses.

What grant funds CANNOT support

  • Religious organizations that exclude services based on religious beliefs or promote a religious doctrine.
  • Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services.
  • Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date.

Guidelines and Application

The Fund for Homeless Women seeks proposals that address one or more of the following grantmaking priorities:

  • Small grants for emergency assistance: up to $5,000 to support emergency shelter, transportation, and personal care for homeless women.
  • Support for innovative ideas that expand emergency/temporary shelter, permanent housing options and/or case management services: $10,000 to $50,000 for initiatives designed to provide emergency/temporary shelter, permanent housing, day programs, or case management services for homeless women.

Please review the Fund for Homeless Women Grant Guidelines and view the Application Questions.


Applications are due on the first Friday in October and grant decisions are announced in December.


For larger grants that increase access to shelter, grant applications will be expected to provide a clear plan describing how program goals and activities will monitor and measure success. If a grant is received, a final report will be due in a year after receiving the grant that articulates how the grant was used, a description of activities and people who benefitted, and what was learned.

Recent Grants

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

The Fund’s inaugural grants, awarded in March 2014, focus on reducing the number of women on the Monterey Peninsula who are in danger of harm each night by increasing access to shelter and safety. Six faith-based and nonprofit organizations were funded to administer emergency funds that will provide direct emergency assistance to homeless women for emergency shelter, transportation and other survival needs.  Funding also went to two new creative projects to provide greater safety for women who are homeless on the Monterey Peninsula. Funded projects are:

  • San Carlos Cathedral, $12,000 to support the Loaves & Fishes Ministry to establish the “Gathering Place for Women” to provide emergency assistance, a safe environment and hot lunch for homeless women in Monterey
  • St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church $6,000 for emergency assistance to single homeless women in Pacific Grove
  • Shelter Outreach Plus $3,000 For daily bus passes to assist homeless women at Hamilton House in Seaside secure needed services and housing
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula $5,000 to provide vouchers for shelter and transportation for homeless women
  • Community Human Services $3,000 for emergency assistance for young homeless women through CHS’s Safe Place Program in downtown Monterey
  • Pass the Word Ministry $21,500 for the One Starfish Safe Parking Program to provide emergency assistance and a safe place for Monterey Peninsula women living in their cars to reside at night