Organizational Development

Organizational Development

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.

Elsa-QuezadaIt’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
Application Deadlines Year-round
Scope and Characteristics
  • Projects address the internal workings and effectiveness of a nonprofit organization rather than programs
  • One-time activities that will make a significant difference in the way the organization works
  • Assumes organization will budget for similar activities in the future
  • Organizations can demonstrate a solid plan and readiness to make these changes
Application and Reporting
  • After reading guidelines, contact a Center for Nonprofit Excellence staff person before applying
  • Online application
  • Reporting also online (unless reporting on a 2014 grant)
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:

  1. Review the Organizational Development Grant Guidelines
  2. Have a conversation with CNE staff (required)
  3. 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

Please review the application questions, then review how to apply for a grant.


A final report is due 3-12 months after receiving a grant.

Evaluation Components:

  1. An expense report, detailing how the funds were spent. All grantees will use the same expense report form.
  2. 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.

Online Grants Manager

Recent Grants

Ag Against Hunger $4,500 Short-term board action plan and training
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc $3,713 Transgender Community Needs Assessment Survey and Conexiones Leadership Development
CASA of Monterey County $3,531 Facilitated full-day board workshop including a strategic plan update and board skills development
Center for Community Advocacy $10,000 Executive Director succession
Chamber Music Monterey Bay $3,000 Strategic plan development
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula $4,500 Emergency preparedness training for service providers of people with disabilities, access and functional needs
Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra $875 National Arts Marketing Conference registration fee (to support organizational marketing plan)
Josephine Kernes Memorial Pool $3,500 Facilitated board retreat to address evolving community needs for Adaptive Aquatics
Positive Discipline Community Resources $5,000 Staff transitions and succession
Read to Me Project $5,000 Impact assessment
Urban Arts Collaborative $5,000 Executive coaching on fund development
Voices of Monterey Bay $5,000 Systems development and growth planning
Youth Arts Collective $3,900 Board and staff retreat to develop a five-year vision and strategic plan
MEarth $5,000 Develop a sustainable business plan
Center for Photographic Art 5,000 Executive transition