Northern Monterey County Foundation Grants

Northern Monterey County Foundation Grants

Founded in 2016, the Northern Monterey County Foundation (NMCF) is an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

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

Note: There is a new common grant application and deadline 8/2/24 for the following select funds: Northern Monterey County Foundation, Southern Monterey County Foundation, Community Fund for Carmel Valley, Siembra Latinos Fund and Weston Call Fund for Big Sur.


Grants will only be considered for projects and programs serving the Northern Monterey County communities of Aromas, Bolsa Knolls, Boronda, Castroville, Elkhorn, Las Lomas, Moss Landing, Oak Hills, Pajaro, Prunedale, Royal Oaks or Santa Rita.

  • 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 NMCF seeks to support nonprofit organizations that have the leadership and capacity to provide important community resources and services in Northern Monterey County communities. 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
  • Capital Support: for cost associated with buildings and/or facilities
  • Organizational Development: to strengthen or enhance the internal capacity and infrastructure of organizations that have a proven track record of community benefit in Northern Monterey County
  • 2023 NMCF Grant Guidelines

Important Dates

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



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

Recent Grants

Organization  Purpose Amount Awarded
Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County Breast Cancer Assistance Grant Program $5,000
Brighter Bites Creating a Brighter, Healthier Future for Children in Northern Monterey County $5,000
Coastal Kids Home Care Pediatric Home Health and Palliative Care — Northern Monterey County $5,000
Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast After-school enrichment for 8th grade girls on healthy behaviors, relationships & health outcomes. $2,500
Harmony At Home Family First – Young Families Thriving Within Northern Monterey County $3,500
Independent Transportation Network Monterey County Dignified Transportation for Veterans, Visually Impaired and Seniors $5,000
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services Financial assistance, food, transportation, and counseling for families of children with cancer $5,000
Partnership for Children Increasing access to medical care for children with serious illnesses and supporting their families $5,000
Prunedale Senior Center, Inc. Replace Outside Awning and Gutter, Purchase Raised Garden Beds for Senior/Community Garden $5,000
Wonder Wood Ranch TAILS Training Program for Trauma-Impacted Youth (North County) $4,000