Grantmaking Overview

Grantmaking Overview

Investing in Healthy, Safe, Vibrant Communities

A strong nonprofit sector is key to fulfilling a vision of healthy, safe, vibrant communities. The Community Foundation for Monterey County is a partner and funder to a wide range of nonprofits doing important, innovative work.

We are committed to supporting not only financial strength through grantmaking, but also organizational capacity through the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.


More than $40 million was granted in 2023 to more than 500 agencies in Monterey County and beyond

Our grant programs and initiatives support organizations in the areas of youth development and education, health and human services, community development, arts and culture and the environment. Together with our fund holders, the CFMC has awarded more than $340 million to hundreds of nonprofit organizations.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Center for Nonprofit Excellence LogoThe CFMC’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) strengthens local nonprofits through a broad array of services including: organizational development grants, trainings and workshopsthe LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) Institute, a professional development program for the next generation of nonprofit leaders, individualized consultation with CFMC staff and other nonprofit experts, monthly e-newsletter and online resources.

Agency Funds

An agency endowment or stewardship fund is an easy way for nonprofit organizations to establish an endowment, eliminate administrative burden, and increase the ability to handle large and complex gifts. Over 70 nonprofits have chosen to partner with the CFMC by establishing an agency fund