Recent Grants

Recent Grants

In 2017, we awarded over $1.9 million through the Community Impact Grant program and $486,000 over three years through the Next Steps for Small Nonprofits program.

More detailed information on the grants awarded can be found below by program area.

Children & Youth 2018

Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County $25,000 Teen Centers Capital Project
Central Coast YMCA $20,000 Youth Fit For Life
City of Greenfield: Greenfield Community Science Workshop $25,000 After-school, hands-on science enrichment programs
Community Partnership for Youth $30,000 After-school mentor-tutor prevention program
Epicenter of Monterey $20,000 Youth-led community center serving foster youth
Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries $25,000 General operating support
Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast $25,000 Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast $25,000 Leadership and youth development programs
Hartnell College Foundation $30,000 K-12 STEM Program expansion
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower $10,000 Starting Strong’ student safety program for migrant children
Life Is For Everyone, Inc. [LIFE] $12,000 After-school program
Monterey Peninsula College Foundation $23,900 Outdoor Learning Classroom at Early Childhood Education Lab School
OLINGA LEARNING $12,000 Wings of Knowledge STEM Program
Partners For Peace $20,000 Parent Project facilitator training
Positive Discipline Community Resources $10,000 Parenting for Strong Communities
Raising A Reader $20,000 Early childhood and family literacy program
Read to Me Project $25,000 Prevention-based pre-literacy programs
Restorative Justice Partners, Inc. $20,000 Restorative Justice in the Schools
Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties $12,000 Foster Grandparent Program in Monterey County
Silicon Valley Education Foundation $12,000 Elevate [Math] program in Salinas and Soledad
The Village Project, Inc. $25,000 Mae C. Johnson Education and Cultural Enrichment Program
The Wahine Project $10,000 El Proyecto de Wahine Sur

Health & Human Services 2018

Access Support Network $48,000 Housing stability and homeless prevention for people living with HIV in Monterey County
Alliance on Aging $35,000 Help seniors navigate the programs and access benefits that positively impact their lives
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association $20,000 Alzheimer’s education and support for families and healthcare providers
Aspiranet $20,000 Cherish Receiving Center and Cherish Too Visitation Center in Monterey County
Big Sur Health Center $25,000 Healthcare for all in Big Sur
Big Sur Marathon Foundation $15,000 JUST RUN Youth Fitness Program
Carmel Foundation $10,000 Meal programs for seniors
CASA of Monterey County $25,000 Court-appointed advocacy for most vulnerable foster youth
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey $20,000 CalFresh outreach, enrollment and case management
Central Coast Center for Independent Living $25,000 Increase independence for people with disabilities
Coalition of Homeless Services Providers $15,000 General operating support towards coordination of the local homeless service system
Coastal Kids Home Care $10,000 In-home nursing and therapy for children with illness and disability
Food Bank for Monterey County $30,000 Emergency Supplemental Food Assistance
Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra $30,000 Bridge over Barriers: immediate, proactive intervention for homeless adults waiting for assistance
Health Projects Center $25,000 Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center
Independent Transportation Network Monterey County $15,000 Dignified Transportation for Seniors and Visually Impaired Adults
Interim, Inc. $20,000 Shelter Cove unit rehabilitation
Kinship Center, A Member of Seneca Family of Agencies $12,000 Recruitment of foster and adoptive parents
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula $20,000 Home delivered meal program
Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley $25,000 Home-delivered meal program
Monterey County Rape Crisis Center $25,000 Child Abuse Prevention Education Program
Natividad Medical Foundation $25,000 5 Steps to Prevent Diabetes
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte $26,000 Clinical operating funds for Seaside and Salinas health centers
RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. $20,000 RotaCare Monterey, free medical clinic services
Salud Para La Gente $25,000 Children’s Dental Disease Prevention and Treatment Program in Monterey County
Sun Street Centers $30,000 Safe Teens Empowerment Project
United Way Monterey County $15,000 2-1-1 Monterey County Information and Referral Services

Community Development 2017

ACTION Council of Monterey County  $20,000 General operating support around community building and organizational capacity training for fiscal sponsored groups
Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)  $25,000 Small business training in organic farming
California FarmLink  $25,000 Small business development and access to capital for low-income Latino farmers in Monterey County
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey  $25,000 Immigration services in Salinas Valley and expansion into South Monterey County
Center for Community Advocacy  $25,000 Community leadership development in Pajaro and youth leadership development in East Salinas
El Pajaro Community Development Corporation  $25,000 Small business development (micro-enterprise) training
Everyone’s Harvest  $11,000 Alisal Certified Farmers Market, a farmers’ market providing nutrition education and access to local produce
Junior Achievement of Northern California, Inc.  $12,000 Workforce readiness and entrepreneurial program for youth in North Monterey County
Loaves, Fishes & Computers  $19,500 Free to low-cost computer refurbishing, repair, technical assistance and employment training
Radio Bilingue, Inc.  $22,500 Conozca Sus Derechos & Tome Acción/Know Your Rights & Take Action, an immigrant rights radio show for indigenous people (Triqui)
Rancho Cielo  $30,000 Youth employment training for at-risk youth
Salinas Valley Community Church  $12,000 Adult Literacy Center, a free English literacy program for adults
Tatum’s Garden Foundation  $13,000 Tatum’s Treehouse, a fully inclusive playground in Quail Meadows at Toro Park

Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation 2017

ARIEL Theatrical  $9,500 2018 spring musical conservatory programs
Art in Action  $12,000 After-school and summer school visual arts program for Monterey Peninsula Unified School District students
Carl Cherry Center For The Arts  $8,000 Thinking Out Loud, countywide poetry workshops and contest
Chamber Music Monterey Bay  $6,300 Visiting Artists Outreach, Our Kids Up Front & Free, and pre-concert lectures
Friends of Olympia Station dba Tandy Beal & Company  $12,000 ArtSmart: An arts education program for children, teachers, and concerts in MPUSD
Junior League of Monterey County  $6,000 Painting and pathway repair at the Old Whaling Station Adobe in Monterey
Monterey County Historical Society, Inc.   $9,850 Presentation of the history of pioneering women of the Monterey Peninsula through the Against All Odds exhibit
Monterey Jazz Festival  $12,000 Monterey Jazz in the Schools program, bringing expert jazz musicians into music programs
Monterey Museum of Art  $27,700 School Visit Program — increasing accessibility to educational art experiences for K-12 students
Monterey Symphony  $25,000 Arts education and audience development in the 2017-18 season
Sol Treasures  $30,000 General operating support
Sunset Cultural Center, Inc  $30,000 Arts education programs
Youth Arts Collective  $20,000 After-school art education and mentorship program for youth ages 14-22
Youth Music Monterey  $20,000 Youth orchestras, chamber ensembles, master classes and string instruction programs for young people

Environment & Animal Welfare 2017

Big Sur Land Trust  $25,000 Nature camps for youth to inspire a new generation of conservation stewards
Elkhorn Slough Foundation  $22,000 Environmental restoration and land conservation of Sand Hill Farm
MEarth  $24,000 NatureConnect + FoodConnect, an environmental and nutritional educational program for under served youth
Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation  $15,000 Splash Zone, an environmental education program for Head Start preschoolers
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue  $15,500 Helping Paws, a program to keep pets with their owners and related rescue and adoption services
Pinnacles Partnership  $11,967 Camp Pinnacles, hands-on environmental education and outdoor experiences
Point Lobos Foundation  $20,200 Habitat Heroes, an invasive plant removal, re-vegetation, and long-term conservation project
Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals of Monterey County (SPCA)  $10,500 Pet Meals, a meal program for pets of home-bound individuals
Ventana Wildlife Society  $25,000 Outdoor environmental education for youth from underserved communities
Watsonville Wetlands Watch  $20,000 Wetlands Stewards after-school program