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.


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

In light of the ever-changing Covid-19 situation, in 2021 priority will be given to applications that demonstrate clearly that the project or program will follow CDC, state and county guidelines on best practices regarding Covid-19 health safety.

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

Important Dates

Applications Availablemid-April 2022
Proposals DueLate May 2022
Funding Decisions AnnouncedLate July



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