Fund for Homeless Women

Fund for Homeless Women

The Fund for Homeless Women is a field of interest fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) established to support programs and services for homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula.

The Fund for Homeless Women supports programs and services for homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula. In its initial years, the Fund supported both emergency assistance (e.g., temporary motel lodging, transportation expenses, laundry, etc.) and innovative ideas that expanded temporary and permanent housing options and case management services. Review the current grant guidelines (below) for more information.

Homeless Women on the Monterey Peninsula

In 2016 the CFMC commissioned the Assessment of Homeless Women on the Monterey Peninsula on behalf of the Fund for Homeless Women to document the primary causes of homelessness for local women, their needs and challenges and existing services. Researchers found there were an estimated 400 homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula, whose challenges are complex and diverse. Read the Full Report or  Key Findings to learn more.


Fund for Homeless Women Key Findings

Homeless Women
on the Monterey Peninsula
Full Report

Homeless Women
on the Monterey Peninsula
Key Findings

About the Fund 

Grant Eligibility

  • Grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies.
  • Only one grant application per organization will be considered. Fiscal sponsors may submit more than one application for different sponsored groups and one for their own organization.
  • Only proposals serving homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula will be accepted.

What grant funds will support

What grant funds will support

  • Planning and start-up costs for new programs or expansion of existing programs to fill a gap or support a new approach. Consideration will be given to operating costs for existing programs where a small amount of funding can make a difference.
  • Personnel expenses that relate to specific program goals; equipment, materials or facilities costs that directly benefit participants or are an identifiable part of the proposed project.
  • For emergency assistance small grants to nonprofits, funding will support only direct assistance to homeless women, such as hotel vouchers or personal care expenses.

What grant funds CANNOT support

What grant funds CANNOT support

  • Religious organizations that exclude services based on religious beliefs or promote a religious doctrine.
  • Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services.
  • Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date

Guidelines and Application

The Fund for Homeless Women seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations that address one or more of the following grantmaking priorities:

  • Small grants for emergency assistance: up to $5,000 to support emergency shelter, transportation, and personal care for homeless women.
  • Support for innovative ideas that expand emergency/temporary shelter, permanent housing options and/or case management services: $10,000 to $50,000 for initiatives designed to provide emergency/temporary shelter, permanent housing, day programs, or case management services for homeless women.

The fund does not provide direct assistance to individuals. Please see recent grants below for organizations providing assistance.

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

Online Grants Manager

Applications are due by 5:00 PM,  on the first Friday in October and grant decisions are announced in December.



For larger grants that increase access to shelter, grant applications will be expected to provide a clear plan describing how program goals and activities will monitor and measure success. If a grant is received, a final report will be due in a year after receiving the grant that articulates how the grant was used, a description of activities and people who benefitted, and what was learned.

Recent Grants

Community Human Services $30,000 Casa de Noche Buena
Outreach Unlimited $40,000 I-HELP for Women
Orphan Productions $45,000 One Starfish Safe Parking and Supportive Services
Gathering for Women-Monterey $45,000 Mind the Gap homeless prevention program

Shelter Resources

Community Foundation for Monterey County awards grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and does not provide direct services. The following organizations may be able to provide assistance. 2-1-1 provides additional resources including a Resource Directory.

Monterey County Homeless Services Resource Guide


Organization Service Contact
Community Human Services Shelters for youth and women and families 658-3811
Community Homeless Solutions Shelters in Seaside and Salinas




Dorothy’s Place  Daily meal program and day center 757-3838

30 Soledad Street, Salinas

Gathering for Women Meals, emergency assistance, referrals 241-6154

Tuesday lunch: 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel


Housing Resource Center Limited emergency shelter and rental assistance 424-9186
One Starfish Safe Parking

(through Orphan Productions)

Supervised overnight parking lots for women with cars 275-5167
Outreach Unlimited I-HELP

(Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program)

Temporary shelter program for women 251-8663
Salvation Army 90-day and two-year shelter programs 899-1071