Big Sur Fund in Memory of Weston Call Grants

Big Sur Fund in Memory of Weston Call Grants


Founded in 2020, the Big Sur Fund in Memory of Weston Call is a special purpose fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

Each year, the Big Sur Fund Advisory Council determines where its available grant dollars can be placed for greatest impact on their communities’ highest priority needs. The Advisory Council, made up of community volunteers, will carefully review applications and award grants based on the published criteria.

2024 Application Deadline: 8/2/2024 at 5:00 PM


Grants will only be considered for projects and programs serving Big Sur, defined in this case as Mal Paso Creek south to the County line.

  • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
  • Public programs, such as school activities and programs not included in normal curricula, parks, public health, etc.
  • Church-sponsored activities with benefits to the entire community (e.g. a food pantry)
  • Organizations and collaboratives that are not legally incorporated—for these, CFMC requires an agreement with a “Fiscal Sponsor” defined as a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization accountable for financial management of the grant.
  • Organization may only submit one application. However, if an organization is serving as a fiscal sponsor for a collaborative or unincorporated group, they can also apply for a grant to benefit their organization.

Guidelines and Application

The Big Sur Fund seeks to support nonprofit organizations that have the leadership and capacity to provide important community resources and services in Big Sur.

The priorities are Health, Safety, Education, Arts, Culture and Community Stewardship, and to:
• Create additional funding for health, fire and safety needs through Big Sur nonprofits.
• Support educational, cultural, and historical programs.
• Aid sustainable tourism and destination stewardship efforts.
• Create and enhance community partnerships.
• Support nonprofits providing services in Big Sur.

Funding will be considered for the following types of requests:

  • Program Support: for the expansion or refinement of existing programs, as well as new programs that show the promise of impact and sustainability
  • Operating Support: unrestricted grants to organizations that have a proven track record of community support in Big Sur
  • Capital Support: for cost associated with buildings and/or facilities located in Big Sur

Read our Grant Guidelines for further details.

Important Dates

Applications Available June 2024
Proposals Due August 2, 2024
Funding Decisions Announced October 2024

Online Application Instructions

If you are a new applicant review the CFMC Overview Guide, the Applicant Handbook or view the Creating Account and Application Workflow video

Create an account: If you are new to our Online Grants Manager, you will need to create an account. Creating an account allows you to save your work and gives you access to your application during the application process. Once you have created your account, you will receive an automated email from If you do not see this email, look in your junk or spam folder. Please add this email address to your safe contact list.

Once you have an account, complete the application and upload your application documents (e.g., project budget, financial information, etc.) and work on collaborative/fiscal sponsor agreements, if applicable.

Submit your completed grant application.

Online Grants Manager


Within 12 months, grant recipients will be expected to provide a written evaluation.

Recent Grants

Recent Grants

Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
Arts Council for Monterey County Social-Emotional Learning Through Art in at Captain Cooper School in Big Sur  $3,000
Big Sur Grange Provide educational and cultural enrichment programs and support exisiting non profits  $5,000
Big Sur Land Trust Shaded Fuel Break Maintenance for Palo Colorado Canyon Emergency Access Roads  $2,000
Big Sur Park School Tuition Scholarships for local big sur families  $5,000
Carmel Valley Community Youth Center Water Safety Instruction  $1,000
Central Coast YMCA YMCA Summer Camp in Big Sur  $5,000
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula Training for Big Sur CERT Volunteers: Supporting Big Sur Communities  $2,700
Keep Big Sur Wild Invasive species clean up  $1,000
Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust Community seafood donation program: Big Sur  $2,000
Ventana Wilderness Alliance Pine Ridge Trailhead Ambassador Program  $3,000