Foundation / Corporation
Grants starting at $5,000 to Monterey County, California nonprofit organizations for programs, capital projects, and operational support to benefit local residents. Focus areas include health, arts, culture, senior citizens, children, youth, families, animal welfare, agricultural education, and the environment. Special attention will be given to organizations serving the Salinas Valley.
The Foundation seeks to support nonprofit organizations that will achieve all or some of the following objectives:
- Improve the well-being of young people
- Strengthen the family
- Develop individual self-reliance and health
- Prevent inappropriate institutionalization of individuals
- Improve the quality of life through cultural activities
- Encourage more humane treatment of animals
- Eliminate duplication and improve coordination of social and community services
Types of Support:
- The Foundation will consider capital projects, programs, and operating support.
- The Harden Foundation will consider core operating support not to exceed one-third of the operating budget except for start-up funds.
- The Harden Foundation may support capital funding for the purchase, construction or renovation of facilities or other physical infrastructure. The purpose of the capital project must be to support the broader goals of the organization.
- Requests to purchase equipment for a program or organization will be considered if there is a demonstrated link between the equipment and the project or the proposed activities of the organization.
GrantWatch ID#: 173955
Typically, grants range from $5,000 to $100,000, and higher for major or capital projects. Operating grants will not be made in amounts exceeding one-third of the operating budget of the organization except for start-up funds.
Multi-year grants will be considered only in exceptional cases. Requests for ongoing operating support are discouraged. In general, operating grants for start-up programs will be made for a maximum of two (2) years.
501(c)3 organizations who provide services or programs in Monterey County, California are eligible to submit grant proposals to the Foundation. The Harden Foundation does not make grants to organizations headquartered outside of Monterey County unless they demonstrate service to the area.
The Foundation does not fund:
- Organizations that do not have a current 501(c)3 status
- Organizations that support sectarian religious programs
- Creation or addition to endowments
- Annual events, conferences, or fundraising events
- Academic or medical research or scholarships to individuals
- Foundations or associations established for the benefit of an organization which receives substantial tax support
- Political parties, candidates or partisan political organizations or activities
- Organizations whose activities are located outside of Monterey County
The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals from public or private institutions of primary, secondary or higher education. However, grant proposals from public institutions will be considered for special projects, which are agriculture related.
Deadlines for submitting grant applications are March 1 and September 1 of each year. Grants will be reviewed and funded semi-annually, in January (for previous year September 1 deadline) and in July for March 1 deadline. The Foundation will consider one grant request per organization in a calendar year.
Deadlines, Funding Amounts, and Grant Periods:
Matching grant requirements:
Please note that in-kind, property, or any other non-cash contributions are not eligible as matching contributions.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to the address below. For applications submitted by e-mail in Word format, a copy of the signed Grant Application Form (page 7 of the Harden Foundation Grant Application) should be mailed to the Foundation.
P. O. Box 779
Salinas, CA 93902
1636 Ercia Street
Salinas, CA 93906
Joe Grainger - Executive Director
Maria H. Guerrero - Senior Program Officer
USA: California: Monterey County