$52,000 Awarded to 16 Neighborhood Groups

Neighborhood Grants Program Ceremony 2015

Neighborhood Grants Program grant recipients

The Community Foundation for Monterey County announced the recipients of the 2015 Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP).  The purpose of NGP is to support local residents who come together to improve their communities for themselves and their neighbors.

This year 16 grassroots groups from throughout Monterey County were selected to receive financial support and additional assistance to organize ongoing activities in their respective communities. On Saturday, July 25, 2015 the CFMC held its 18th Annual Awards Ceremony in Salinas to recognize the grantee groups whose volunteers have shown exemplary action to improve the safety, well-being, and overall quality of life in their neighborhoods.

The total amount awarded is $52,000 with grants ranging from $1,500 to $4,000. Since the program’s inception in 1997, more than $860,000 has been awarded. CFMC staff also assists grantees with leadership and project management training throughout the year.

The Community Foundation for Monterey County is committed to supporting resident-led groups who are invested in giving back to the community. Through our Neighborhood Grants Program, we’re able to make grants to local projects that might find it difficult to receive traditional grant funding. – Aurelio Salazar Jr., CFMC Program Officer

2015 CFMC Neighborhood Grants Program Grant Recipients:

African-American HIV-AIDS Wellness Group (Seaside)
For health prevention and awareness around HIV-AIDS

Ballet Folklorico Tapatío (King City)
For Ballet Folklorico dance instruction and community performances

Castroville Neighborhood Watch Program (Castroville)
For community building, neighborhood watch, and disaster preparedness

Castroville Teen Leadership Council (Castroville)
For community building, neighborhood watch, and disaster preparedness

Chuparrosa (Greenfield)
For a support group for parents with special needs children

Friends of Seaside Parks Association (Seaside)
For neighborhood park beautification

Gonzales Youth (Gonzales)
For youth sports activities and mentoring

Kalpulli Oceloyotl (Salinas)
For Aztec dance instruction and community performances

King City Dance Team (King City)
For youth and young adult dance instruction and community performances

Korean Cultural Club (Salinas)
For Korean language and fan dancing instruction

Laurel Heights Neighborhood Watch (Salinas)
For neighborhood beautification, safety and prevention activities

Local Urban Gardeners (Salinas)
For garden support and learning lab supplies

Santa Rita & Bolsa Knolls Watershed Group (Salinas)
For the 6th Annual Creek Fair and community oral history project

Semillas Project (Salinas)
For youth development and awareness around environmental justice

Transition Aromas (Aromas)
For environmental awareness, education, and harvest fair

Tu Puedes King City (King City)
For community leadership development and health promotion