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 8/4/23 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 15, 2023
Proposals Due August 4, 2023
Funding Decisions Announced October 2023



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

Recent Grants

Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County Assistance grant program $4,000
Central Coast YMCA Community Programming in Pajaro Park $4,000
Farm Discovery at Live Earth Distribution of Produce & Nutrition Education $3,000
Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast Will Power/Won’t Power in Castroville $1,500
Independent Transportation Network Monterey County NorthLine – dignified transportation $3,000
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services Comprehensive Support for Children with Cancer $4,000
Legal Services for Seniors No cost legal services $4,000
North County Youth Recreation Association Manzanita Youth Playground Project and Parking Lot Paving $2,500
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services Coordinated Economic Development for Families in Pajaro $3,000
Partnership for Children Increasing access to medical care for children with serious illnesses $4,000
Wonder Wood Ranch Horses & Heroes Equine Therapeutic Services $3,500