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Community Impact Grants

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies for Health, Environment,
Youth, and Community Development in Monterey County

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC)

Deadline Date:

09/06/19 5:00 PM - for Community Impact Grants - Children and Youth Development and Health and Human Services only


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants ranging from $15,001 to $50,000 to California nonprofit organizations and public agencies for innovative and emerging programs that improve the quality of life of communities in Monterey County. Funding is intended to address important issues in the following five areas: community development; children and youth; environment and animal welfare; health and human services; and arts, culture and historic preservation. Requests are accepted for program support, organizational development, capital support, and operating support.

The CFMC offers two types of grants:

Community Impact Grants:
- Countywide or larger scope programs
- Impact on complex issues and/or multiple geographic areas
- Organizations with strong track record of effectiveness

- Small Grants:
- Limited size and scope programs
- Serve specific community or neighborhood
- Smaller organizations
- First-time Community Impact applicants

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180122

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Impact grants of $15,001 to $50,000; Small grants of $5,000 to $15,000
The CFMC expects to fund larger Community Impact grants with the average grant award of $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Community Impact grants are from July 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020 and Small grants are from June 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020.
For both grants, funds must be spent within 11 months of the grant date and for the purposes stated in the grant proposal and specified.
Multi-year applications may be considered for organizations that have a proven grants record of community benefit and a positive and stable history with CFMC.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- Community Impact grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies serving Monterey County residents.

- All requested funding must directly benefit residents of Monterey County.

- All organizations applying for a grant must be current on reporting obligations for past CFMC grants.

Organizations or collaborative projects that are not legally incorporated may partner with a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 organization which will serve as the fiscal sponsor for the proposed grant. Applicants should contact the Foundation if their organization has not yet received its nonprofit status and plans to apply in conjunction with a fiscal sponsor.

Grant funds cannot be used for the following types of activities:

- Activities that are non-secular or promote a religious doctrine
- Academic research
- Fundraising campaigns or fundraising events
- Funding to K-12 schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services or for the acquisition or renovation of equipment and facilities
- Creation of, or addition to, an endowment fund
- Payment of debt or legal settlements
- Political or partisan purposes
- Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date
- Same purpose as an Opportunity, Organizational Development or Stanton grant in the same calendar year

The CFMC does not support organizations that discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community Impact Grant Information Session- Salinas

- 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Friday, June 7, 2019 (Salinas)

To register:

- 9:00 AM -10:00 AM Wednesday, June 12, 2019 (Monterey)

To register:

Evaluation Clinic:

- 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM Friday, June 7, 2019 (Salinas)

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Deadlines -

- All applications must be made by 5:00 pm

Children and Youth and Health and Human Services Grant Deadlines:

- Community Impact Program Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
- Board Decision: June 2019
- Grants Period: July 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020

- Small Grants Program Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
- Staff Decisions: June 2019
- Grant Period: June 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020

Community Development; Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation; and Environment and Animal Welfare Grant Deadlines:

- Community Impact Program Application Deadline: August 2, 2019
- Board Decision: December 2020
- Grants Awarded and Project Begins: To be announced

- Small Grants Program Application Deadline: September 6, 2019
- Staff Decisions: December 2020
- Grants Awarded and Project Begins: To be announced

Only one application per grant cycle will be considered.

- A grant agreement with CFMC is required at the time applications are submitted.

In general, an organization is eligible to receive only one Community Impact grant per calendar year. Exceptions are made for collaborative grants when the lead agency for a collaborative receives a grant on behalf of the collaborative and a separate grant for its organization.

Applicant organizations may contact the Foundation if they do not believe they need to submit all of the required forms; for eligibility related questions; if they are unable to measure impact; or for all other questions. Applicants are encouraged to phone the Foundation far ahead of the deadline.

How to apply:
Decision making Proccess:
Information Session Presentation (Recording):

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an application:

Contact the Program Officer who oversees that program area or the Grants Administrator if you have any questions:

Michael Castro, Programs and Scholarship Officer (Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation)
831.375.9712 x127

Contact Janet Shing, Director of Grantmaking (Health and Human Services)
831.375.9712 x137

Contact Erika Matadamas, Program Officer (Children and Youth, Community Development, and Environment and Animal Welfare)
831.754.5880 x134

Contact Karina Gutierrez-Barboza, Grants and Programs Coordinator for grant processing/reporting, questions regarding the online grant system and fiscal sponsorships.
831.754.5880 x135

Community Foundation for Monterey County-

Monterey office:
2354 Garden Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Fax 831.375.4731

Salinas Office:
945 South Main Street, Suite 207
Salinas, CA 93901
Fax 831.754.5876
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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Monterey County