Organizational Development (OD) Grants support one-time activities that strengthen an organization’s ability to function effectively and efficiently.
Reviewed by our Center for Nonprofit Excellence staff, OD grants focus on the inner workings of an organization, rather than its programs and services. This support is integral to our commitment to building the capacity of nonprofits to advance their missions.
It’s great to have a local foundation that funds infrastructure issues. These projects strengthen the organization, with improvements in areas such as service delivery, governance, marketing, and fund development. – Elsa Quezada, Executive Director, CCCIL Central Coast Center for Independent Living
At a Glance
|Grant Amount||$500 – $5,000|
|Scope and Characteristics||
|Application and Reporting||
|Decision||Usually within 2 months of receiving a complete application|
- 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 Organizational Development grant, as long as it is not for the same project as that of the collaborative.
- Organizations may receive a Community Impact grant, Opportunity grant, and an Organizational Development 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.
All organizations applying for a grant must be current on reporting obligations for past CFMC grants.
Guidelines and Application
Before submitting your application for a grant:
- Review the Organizational Development Grant Guidelines
- Have a conversation with CNE staff (required)
- 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.
- Organizational Development grants range between $1,000 and $5,000
- Review usually takes two months. Grants cannot pay for previously completed activities so please plan accordingly
The final report is due within one year of receiving a grant, consisting of 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.
|Ventana Wilderness Alliance||$4,500||Strategic planning|
|Palenke Arts||$5,000||Strategic plan development (Palenke Arts)|
|Center for Community Advocacy (DBA CCA)||$5,000||Strategic plan development|
|El Pajaro Community Development Corporation||$5,000||Program evaluation system|
|Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries||$3,800||Facilitated retreat and increased board engagement|
|National Marine Sanctuary Foundation||$4,900||Executive coaching and fund development planning|
|Carmel Heritage Society||$3,000||Consultant support for facilitated strategic planning and fund development|
|Paws Helping People Inc, DBA UnChained||$3,500||Coaching to support executive transition and growth of organization|
|Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay||$5,000||Facilitated strategic planning process|
|Monterey Museum of Art||$5,000||Integrate Web Kiosk with collections database|
|Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula||$5,000||Facilitated strategic planning process|
|Monterey Condors Club||$5,000||Donor database, soccer coach licensing, and computer hardware|
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