We offer a broad range of grant opportunities available to nonprofit organizations serving the residents of Monterey County.

These grant programs support a breadth of interest areas including health, human services, education, community development, culture, heritage, economic development, environment, organizational development and others. Please note that some grant programs are by invitation only. For more information on each program, click the program’s name below.

Grant Opportunities

ProgramDescriptionRangeApplication Deadline
By 5:00 p.m. or earlier
Award Date
Monterey County Fire Relief Fund Grants For organizations providing relief for individuals and families impacted by Monterey County wildfires$3,000-$30,000Ongoing. See guidelines.See guidelines
COVID-19 Relief GrantsFor nonprofits providing services for those impacted by the Coronavirus in Monterey County$5,000-$30,000Ongoing. See guidelines.See guidelines
Community ImpactChildren & Youth Development, Health & Human Services, Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation, Community Development, Environment & Animal Welfare$5,000-$50,000March 4, 2022June
Organizational Development One-time internal activities and infrastructure that strengthen an organization’s ability to function effectively and efficiently.$1,000-$10,000Year-roundYear-round
OpportunityEmerging organizations and ventures, urgent needs and other one-time, time-sensitive efforts.$1,000-$5,000Year-roundYear-round
Neighborhood Grants ProgramSmall grants and support to neighborhood groups that are helping residents to make a better life for their families and neighbors.$1,000-$4,000The Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP) will resume in 2022.Year-round
Robert and Virginia Stanton EndowmentPriority given to one-time special or capital projects by selected arts and human services agencies.$5,000-$50,000July 8, 2022Early November

Special Purpose Grants

ProgramDescriptionRangeApplication Deadline
By 5:00 p.m. or earlier
Award Date
Jean P. Fitton FundPrograms and activities that support the professional development and enrichment of K-12 public school teachers$5,000-$25,000October 7, 2022December
Fund for Homeless WomenPrograms and services for homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula, especially emergency or transitional housing.$2,000-$50,000October 7, 2022December
Northern Monterey County FoundationImportant community resources and services in Northern Monterey County communities (Aromas, Bolsa Knolls, Boronda, Castroville, Elkhorn, Las Lomas, Moss Landing, Oak Hills, Pajaro, Prunedale, Royal Oaks or Santa Rita.)$1,000-$3,000May 2022Late July
Siembra Latinos FundProjects or Programs serving Monterey County residents, predominantly Latino residents.$2,500-$5,000

June 18, 2021

Invited grant applications only

Southern Monterey County FoundationImportant community resources and services in Southern Monterey County communities (King City and south).$500-$2,000September 24, 2021November
Tri-Counties Blood Bank FundReimbursement to organizations that supply blood products to people who can’t afford them, and related activities.$3,000-$10,000October 7, 2022December
Women’s FundInitiative funding to advance economic security for women and invest in the future of girls.VariesInvited grant applications onlyAs Needed
Weston Call Fund for Big Sur
Important community resources and services in Big Sur, defined in this case as Mal Paso Creek south to the County line.$1,000-$10,000July 30, 2021September
Community Fund for Carmel ValleyImportant community resources and services in Carmel Valley and Cachagua communities (Highway One to Cahoon Grade)$1,000-$3,000November 5, 2021December