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 $1,000 and $5,000. While larger grants (up to $10,000) may be considered, they are the exception.
Opportunity At a Glance
|Grant Amount||$500 – $5,000|
|Scope and Characteristics|
|Application and Reporting|
|Decision||Usually within 2 months|
- 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.
- Individual organizations within a collaborative applying for a grant may also apply for their own Opportunity Grant, as long as it is not for the same project as that of the collaborative.
- Organizations may receive a Community Impact grant and an Opportunity grant in the same calendar year, as long as the grants are not for the same purpose.
- Businesses and individuals are not eligible, with the exception of social enterprises associated with a local nonprofit.
- 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:
- Review the Opportunity Grant Guidelines and application
- Review the list below of recent grants
- Have a conversation with CFMC staff
Applications are accepted year-round and funding decisions are generally made within eight weeks of submitting an application.
The final report is due within one year of receiving a grant.
- An expense report, detailing how the funds were spent. All grantees will use the same expense report form.
- A narrative evaluation in which you report how the grant was used, the impact it had on your organization and/or community, what you have learned, and your next steps.
|Community Builders for Monterey County||$5,000||Volunteer recruitment program and outreach|
|Artists Ink||$5,000||Relocation and remodeling expenses|
|National Center for Youth Law||$5,000||Youth peer advocate program to address homelessness in Monterey County|
|Salinas Downtown Community Board||$8,274||Facilitation of a community collaborative plan for Salinas’ Chinatown|
|CASA of Monterey County||$10,000||Juvenile Justice Pilot Project|
|National Marine Sanctuary Foundation||$4,900||Expanded training for the Bay Net Program of the Monterey Chapter|
|Osio Theater||$4,820||After-school Filmmaking Program|
|Monterey Museum of Art||$5,000||Education Outreach Van|
|Dia de los Muertos – An Illuminated Procession||$5,000||Dia de los Muertos – An Illuminated Procession|
|United Way Monterey County||$10,000||Leadership for Community Transformation|
|Marine Life Studies||$5,000||Derelict Crab Pot Retrieval Project|
|Friends of Cachagua Children’s Center||$5,000||Two-week summer day camp in Cachagua|
|Ecology Action of Santa Cruz||$5,000||Bike and pedestrian safety classes at ‘My Town’ exhibit|
|Community Human Services||$4,500||Opioid education and Narcan distribution events|
|Montage Health Foundation||$5,000||Prescribe Safe|