COVID-19 Relief Fund Created

COVID-19 Relief Fund Created

COVID-19 Relief Fund Created

Monterey County is a caring and generous community. The Community Foundation for Monterey County created the COVID-19 Relief Fund in partnership with the Monterey Peninsula Foundation to help those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus in Monterey County. The COVID-19 Relief Fund will address the immediate and longer-term needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents.

Government officials and business are taking sweeping measures to halt the spread of the virus by closing schools, delaying travel, cancelling events and having people work remotely. These challenges are disrupting lives physically, socially and economically.

“We’re concerned about community health, and the potential for people to face economic hardship and food insecurity in the coming months,” said CFMC President/CEO Dan Baldwin.

By being proactive during times of uncertainty, we can come together to respond to the evolving needs of our diverse community.” – Dan Baldwin, CFMC President/CEO

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Donations – 100% For Grantmaking

Donations to the fund will support community needs identified by our nonprofit partners in human services, health, housing and education, and will make grants to nonprofits providing aid to impacted individuals and families in Monterey County.

The fund is a trusted repository for philanthropic assets to be directed specifically for those purpose. 100% of donations will be used for grantmaking.

Foundation leaders will be closely monitoring how the Coronavirus impacts our community and will deploy additional financial resources to best meet evolving needs. Thank you to Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the Claire Giannini Fund and CFMC donor advisors for the support of the fund.

We are proud to collaborate with other local funders to provide a quick financial response, lending support to our community in this unexpected time of need.” – Steve John, Monterey Peninsula Foundation Tournament Director and CEO

As of March 25, 2020 $1,285,394 had been raised. More than half came from funds within the Community Foundation for Monterey County, including $500,000 granted by Monterey County donor advised fund holders

How to Give

Those wishing to contribute can:

  • Make a secure, tax-deductible online donation
  • Mail a check payable to “Community Foundation for Monterey County” with “COVID-19 Relief Fund” in the memo line to: 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940.
  • Call 831.375.9712 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • For gifts of stock, please contact Christine Dawson or call 831.375.9712 x126.
  • If you are a CFMC donor advisor, you can request a grant through Donor Central or contact your Philanthropic Services Officer to learn more or make a grant.

Cash donations are not accepted.

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Apply for a Grant

Nonprofits assisting those impacted by the Coronavirus are invited to apply for a grant. Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please see grant guidelines at

COVID-19 Relief Fund Grantees

ARIEL Theatrical$15,000Support for program and staffing gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County$20,000Increased special needs grant requests due to COVID-19
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc$30,000Increase access to unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19
Castroville Coalition$10,000Direct support for North Monterey County residents
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey$30,000Direct financial assistance
Central Coast VNA & Hospice$12,000Emergency medical supplies for clinicians
Coastal Kids Home Care$25,000Capacity building for COVID -19
Food Bank for Monterey County$50,000Emergency food assistance for COVID-19 health crisis
Food Bank for Monterey County$50,000Emergency food assistance for COVID-19 health crisis
Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra$37,000Serve homeless clients and provide special care and education for COVID-19
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services$25,000Emergency financial assistance for medically fragile children in Monterey County
Natividad Medical Foundation$29,500COVID-19 emergency resources for limited English proficient/indigenous people
Outreach Unlimited$15,000I-HELP program on the Monterey Peninsula related to COVID-19
Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps$50,000Direct financial assistance
Salvation Army, Salinas Corps$50,000Direct financial assistance
Southern Monterey County Memorial Hospital dba Mee Memorial Hospital$30,000Emergency medical funding
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Parish$6,000Increase food allocation and provide appropriate sanitation supplies
Sun Street Centers$24,300COVID-19 Food, safety, and communication supplies
The Marina Foundation$5,000Marina Seniors Emergency Fund
Veterans Transition Center$30,000Food pantry
YWCA Monterey County$30,000Adaptation of existing programs to ensure 24/7 safety of our Domestic Violence Shelter

The COVID-19 Relief fund began making grants to Monterey County nonprofits just five days after the fund opened. As of 3/27/20 $573,800 was granted through 21 grants, with more grants under review.

Information & Resources

Read our Responding to COVID-19 blog for resources for individuals, nonprofits and businesses:

Responding to COVID-19

Updated March 25,2020