Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment


Robert and Virginia Stanton

Robert & Virginia Stanton

Virginia Stanton left a bequest to establish this fund in her name and her husband’s. The fund was established in 1994 as the Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment. Mrs. Stanton named some favorite agencies or types of projects for annual consideration in order of priority (see below). Others may also be funded at the discretion of the CFMC Board and the Stanton Committee.

Stanton Endowment At a Glance

Grant Amount Typically $5,000 – $50,000
Application Deadlines Second Friday in July
Scope and Characteristics
  • Agencies and Programs (named below) of special interest to Virginia and Robert Stanton
  • One-time special or capital projects
  • Human service and arts organizations in Monterey County
Application and Reporting
  • Online application and reporting
Decision Decisions made in November


Stanton Endowment grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations serving Monterey County residents. This fund gives priority to the agencies and programs of special interest to Virginia and Robert Stanton and in 2019, consideration will be restricted to these agencies. These include:

    • The Stanton Center (formerly known as the Allen Knight Maritime Museum)
    • The repair, maintenance and capital improvements of public buildings designed by Robert Stanton, especially the King City High School Auditorium and the Monterey County Court House in Salinas
    • The Monterey History and Art Association
    • The Monterey County Symphony Association
    • The Monterey Museum of Art
    • The American Red Cross of the Central Coast (formerly known as the Carmel Chapter of the American Red Cross)
    • The Salvation Army – Monterey Peninsula Corps
The Stanton Theater in King City

The Stanton Theater in King City


Guidelines and Application

Before applying, Stanton Fund applicants should read the complete Stanton 2019 Grant Guidelines and relate the projects or programs for which they are requesting funding to the guidelines. Applications need to be completed in our Online Grants Manager.

Stanton Grant Applications are due by 5:00 PM, the second Friday of July.

Grants are made in early November.

Online Grants Manager


2014 Grants and older use the Common Impact Evaluation form. All future grant evaluations will be available in our online grant system.

Recent Grants

American Red Cross of the Central Coast $15,000 Red Cross Humanitarian Services Vehicle
El Sistema USA/Salinas, Inc.  $10,000 Youth Orchestra Salinas- an after school and summer music education program for K-12 students
Monterey Museum of Art $27,000 Predevelopment Capital Project—Assessments for Future Expansion of the Monterey Museum of Art
Monterey Symphony $40,000 Support for education initiatives, 2018-19 season
Natividad Medical Foundation $15,000 Alebrijes & Kids: Healing Art for Children
Pacific Repertory Theatre $150,000 Capital improvements (Phase II) of the Golden Bough Playhouse ($50,000/year for 3 years)
South Monterey County Center for the Performing Arts $22,514 Upgrade of 30+ year old theater lighting system to include energy efficiency and safety
Youth Music Monterey $20,000 South County Strings