Community Fund for Carmel Valley Grants

Community Fund for Carmel Valley Grants

Founded in 2020, the Community Fund for Carmel Valley (CFCV) is an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

The CFCV provides grants to organizations that benefit the communities of the Carmel Valley/Cachagua area which is defined as Highway One to Cahoon Grade.


Grants will be considered for projects and programs serving Carmel Valley and Cachagua communities.

  • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
  • Public programs (schools, parks, public health, etc.)
  • Church-sponsored activities with benefit beyond their own membership
  • 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 CFCV seeks to support nonprofit organizations that have the leadership and capacity to provide important community resources and services in Carmel Valley and Cachagua communities. In 2021, priority is given to the following types of requests:

  • Community Development: Build community, improve infrastructure and meet local needs
  • Youth & Seniors: Expand youth and/or senior programming and services
  • Resident Programs: Support education, cultural and historical programs

Special consideration will be given to grant applications addressing:

  • Organizations currently providing services directly located in Carmel Valley/Cachagua, with ease of access for residents
  • Basic needs of Carmel Valley/Cachagua residents (food/housing security, youth programs, etc.)
  • Emergency Prevention and/or Response related to:
    • Fire/Disaster needs (e.g., Neighborhood organizing, education for disaster preparedness, etc.). Please contact us if you have questions about applying for a fire relief grant.
    • COVID-19 needs (e.g., mental health, social reconnection and revitalization, individual/family technology needs such as increasing access through devices, wifi, instruction support, efforts to support local businesses, etc.)

Preference is given to locally based organizations that have less access to other sources of support, and where a small grant can make a meaningful difference. Proposals selected for funding will demonstrate strong community support for the project or program and a viable plan for achieving results.

Read our Grant Guidelines for further details:


Applications AvailableOctober 1, 2021
Proposals DueNovember 5, 2021
Funded Proposals AnnouncedDecember



Within 11 months of the grant date, recipients will be expected to provide a written evaluation.

Recent Grants

Recent Grants

2021 Grants

Carmel Valley Angel ProjectFood and gifts for families
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey PeninsulaHome Delivered Meals Program
Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey CountySpecial Needs Assistance
Cachagua Fire Protection DistrictSafety Gear for Responding Volunteers
Carmel Valley Art AssociationRelocation and website development
The Jamesburg School, IncorporatedCritical maintenance for continued community-building and educational programming
Friends of Cachagua Children’s CenterCachagua summer camp for K-8
Carmel Valley Community Youth CenterWater Safety Instruction
MEarthCamp Scholarships for Carmel Valley Youth
UC Berkeley — Hastings ReserveEnvironmental Education in Cachagua: People of Color Engaging in Nature