COVID-19 Relief Grants

COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant Guidelines

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) and Monterey Peninsula Foundation established the COVID-19 Relief Fund 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 who will be impacted by the Coronavirus.

Grant Criteria

The CFMC will consider grant requests to:

  • Assist nonprofits serving vulnerable populations with basic needs (food, housing, living expenses, transportation costs, etc.) related to job layoffs and/or unemployment
  • Assist nonprofit organizations experiencing staffing and/or volunteer gaps due to quarantines and social distancing
  • Help nonprofit organizations cover the costs incurred for travel changes and other pandemic-related cancellations
  • Fund programming to address related mental health impacts
  • Assist nonprofit organizations with financial planning and resilience

Grants are expected to range between $5,000 to $30,000 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies are eligible to apply for additional funds as needs arise. Requests will be reviewed by CFMC staff and grants awarded as quickly as possible.

Selecting Grants

The CFMC will award operating grants on an ongoing basis to nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose operations in support of vulnerable populations and those affected by the pandemic have been stressed by the outbreak.  We expect the needs generated by this pandemic will exceed the available funds. CFMC staff will review grant applications as needed and make recommendations to the CFMC President/CEO.

Grant Awards

We expect grants to range in size from $5,000 to $30,000. Organizations may apply for more than one grant during the calendar year, as this fund is intended to be responsive to the ongoing needs of the community.


  • Grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and other public agencies serving Monterey County residents.
  • Businesses and individuals are not eligible at this time, however grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct financial assistance to individuals can be awarded.
  • Fiscally sponsored groups are not eligible at this time. 


  • Activities that are non-secular or promote a religious doctrine
  • Academic or medical research
  • Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
  • Annual fundraising campaigns or events
  • Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds
  • Payment of debt or legal settlements
  • Political or partisan purposes

CFMC does not support organizations that discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Submitting a Grant Proposal

COVID-19 Relief Fund grant applications can be submitted at any time while funds are available. Grantmaking decisions will typically be made within two to four weeks of receipt of the proposal.


Organizations that are awarded a COVID-19 Relief Fund grant are encouraged to stay in close contact with the CFMC on the progress of their efforts and emerging needs.


For questions regarding COVID-19 Relief Fund grants, contact Laurel Lee-Alexander, Vice President of Grants and Programs, or 831.375.9712 x 112

Please visit for the grant application, instructions and all materials needed to submit a proposal. 


 Recent Grants

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