Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment

Background

Robert and Virginia Stanton

Robert & Virginia Stanton

Virginia Stanton left a bequest to establish this fund in her name and her husband’s. The fund was established in 1994 as the Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment. Mrs. Stanton named some favorite agencies or types of projects for annual consideration in order of priority (see below). Others may also be funded at the discretion of the CFMC Board and the Stanton Committee.

Stanton Endowment At a Glance

Grant Amount Typically $5,000 – $50,000
Application Deadlines Second Friday in July
Scope and Characteristics
  • Agencies and Programs (named below) of special interest to Virginia and Robert Stanton
  • One-time special or capital projects
  • Human service and arts organizations in Monterey County
Application and Reporting
  • Online application and reporting
Decision Decisions made in November

Eligibility

Stanton Endowment grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations serving Monterey County residents. This fund gives priority to the agencies and programs of special interest to Virginia and Robert Stanton. These include:

    • The Stanton Center (formerly known as the Allen Knight Maritime Museum)
    • The repair, maintenance and capital improvements of public buildings designed by Robert Stanton, especially the King City High School Auditorium and the Monterey County Court House in Salinas
    • The Monterey History and Art Association
    • The Monterey County Symphony Association
    • The Monterey Museum of Art
    • The American Red Cross of the Central Coast (formerly known as the Carmel Chapter of the American Red Cross)
    • The Salvation Army – Monterey Peninsula Corps
The Stanton Theater in King City

The Stanton Theater in King City

The Fund may also consider proposals from similar organizations in Monterey County. The committee generally gives priority to one-time special or capital projects, rather than funding ongoing operating support.

Guidelines and Application

Although Mrs. Stanton named several preferred agencies, “naming” was not meant to guarantee a distribution to the named agencies, but rather to express a preference among equals in a competitive process. The Stanton Committee may also consider proposals from other human service and arts organizations in Monterey County. The Committee generally gives priority to one-time special or capital projects, rather than funding ongoing operating support.

The CFMC supports capital costs (buildings and facilities) when those capital improvements have the potential to advance greater social benefit. Capital support will be considered for predevelopment expenses and/or for construction costs after the agency has raised at least half of the goal. Applicants are eligible for two capital-related grants: one for predevelopment expenses and one for construction costs.

Before applying, Stanton Fund applicants should read the complete Stanton 2017 Grant Guidelines and relate the projects or programs for which they are requesting funding to the guidelines. Applications need to be completed in our Online Grants Manager.

Stanton Grant Applications are due by 5:00 PM, the second Friday of July.

Grants are made in early November.

Online Grants Manager

Evaluation

2014 Grants and older use the Common Impact Evaluation form. All future grant evaluations will be available in our online grant system.

Recent Grants

American Red Cross of the Central Coast $33,500 Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV)
El Sistema USA/Salinas, Inc. $10,000 Youth Orchestra Salinas
Gathering for Women-Monterey $20,000 Capital Improvements for building in Monterey
Montage Health Foundation $35,000 Music at the Bedside
Monterey County Pops! $10,000 Veterans’ Day Concerts at the Stanton Theater in King City in 2017 and 2018
Monterey Museum of Art $40,000 New flooring at the Museum’s Pacific Street location
Monterey Symphony $40,000 Sponsorship of 2017-18 Soloists
Youth Music Monterey $10,000 South County Strings program