CFMC’s small Opportunity grants program address a wide spectrum of needs.

Applications are accepted year round for grants to support emerging organizations and ventures, urgent needs and other time-sensitive efforts where a small amount of money will make a difference.  Opportunity grants typically range between $5,000 and $20,000.

Click here to watch the 2024 Grant Information recording

Click here for the 2024 Information Session Presentation Slides

Opportunity At a Glance

Grant Amount $5,000 – $20,000
Scope and Characteristics
  • New projects or pilot programs to serve an important community need
  • Urgent or time-sensitive projects that need to be addressed before the next budget cycle
  • Ongoing program expenses
Application and Reporting
  • A conversation with your program officer prior to submittal is highly encouraged
  • Simpler online application and reporting
Apply by
Receive a Decision by
the end of April
the end of August
the end of December


  • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, fiscally-sponsored organizations, and occasionally, other unincorporated public benefit organizations serving Monterey County residents.
  • Fiscal sponsors may submit applications for more than one sponsored group, as well as applications for their own organization.
  • Organizations may receive a Community Impact or an Opportunity grant in the same calendar year
  • Please contact us if your organization has not yet received its nonprofit status and plans to apply in conjunction with a fiscal sponsor.

Guidelines and Application

Before submitting your application for a grant:

  1. Review the Opportunity Grant Guidelines and application
  2. Review the list below of recent grants

Applications are accepted year-round and funding decisions are generally made within eight weeks of submitting an application.

How to Apply


A final report is due before a new grant will be considered. The report consists of a brief narrative description of accomplishments and updates.

Online Grants Manager

Recent Grants

Organization  Purpose Amount Awarded
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association Expanded Education, Support Groups and Outreach $13,000
Artists Ink Operating support $15,000
Center for Land-Based Learning Monterey Bay FARMS Program $15,000
Cesar Chavez Futbol Academy Youth Development, Mentorship, Academics, Leadership and Soccer $10,000
Community Bridges North Monterey Cty Access to Adult Day Health Care (two-year grant) $40,000
Dentistry 4 Vets Dental Care & Dental Hygiene for Veterans $15,000
Downtown Streets Team Monterey County – Outreach and Engagement Initiative $7,500
Everyone’s Harvest Operating support $17,500
Hope Horses & Kids Equine Assisted Wellness and Learning $20,000
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Resilience Skill-Building for Monterey County residents $20,000
Monterey Waterkeeper Central Coast Water Leaders $20,000
Silicon Valley Education Foundation Elevate Math Monterey County $20,000
The Equine Healing Collaborative Equine Assisted Psychotherapy $20,000
UnChained Canines Teaching Compassion program in Monterey County $20,000
Youth Arts Collective After-school arts and mentorship program $17,000