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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

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Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC)

Deadline Date:

09/07/18 5:00 PM - For Community Impact Small Grants in the areas of Community Development; Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation; and Environment & Animal Welfare.


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 and from $12,001 to $50,000 to California nonprofit organizations and public agencies to benefit local communities in Monterey County. Funding is intended to support programs and services in diverse areas that include Community Development; Children and Youth; Environment and Animal Welfare; Health and Human Services; and Arts, Culture, and Historic Preservation.

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) embraces a countywide vision of Healthy, Safe and Vibrant Communities. The CFMC’s Community Impact grants program focuses on the people and places of Monterey County, highlighting impact and seeking measurable results. The CFMC conducts periodic reviews of its grantmaking programs and expects that its grantmaking priorities will evolve in response to emerging issues. The Foundation actively supports emerging, innovative programs.

Community Impact grants address critical issues and opportunities for five primary program areas that advance the CFMC’s mission and vision for Monterey County. The five areas are as follows:

- Children and Youth: The Foundation supports programs that help children and youth reach their full potential. Funding Priorities include early childhood education and family literacy projects; academic support programs; after school enrichment programs; and parent education.

- Health and Human Services: The Foundation invests in prevention and early intervention services that improve the physical and mental health of individuals and families, support programs that promote independent living, and efforts that ensure that the basic living needs of Monterey County’s most vulnerable and underserved individuals and families are met.

- Community Development: The Foundation supports community-building activities that engage individuals and communities to lead efforts that create opportunities for local problem solving. The Foundation supports strategies to enhance community environments so that all residents have safe, welcoming and accessible places and spaces to live, work and play; and the Foundation invests in activities that increase opportunities for the economic security and advancement of young adults and low-income residents.

- Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation: The Foundation fosters Arts and Culture activities and programs that broaden, diversify and deepen participation in quality artistic experiences, especially among youth, multicultural and other new audiences. The Foundation funds Historic Preservation activities that preserve and celebrate Monterey County’s rich and diverse history.

- Environment and Animal Welfare: The Foundation supports programs that educate and involve local residents in protecting and preserving natural resources and sustaining healthy ecosystems; and the Foundation invests in animal welfare programs that promote the responsible and humane treatment of companion animals.

The Foundation offers 2 types of grants:

- Community Impact Grants: These grants typically fund programs larger in scope and scale. Successful applicants will demonstrate a track record of effectiveness and the capacity to articulate and measure impact. The scope and characteristics of Community Impact Grants include countywide or larger scope programs; impact on complex issues and/or multiple geographic areas; and fund organizations with a strong track record of effectiveness.

- Small Grants: While still following the Community Impact guidelines and priorities, these smaller grants are intended for emerging projects, first-time Community Impact applicants, small organizations or programs serving a specific population or geographic area. The Small Grants program has a streamlined application and reporting process. The scope and characteristics of Small Grants include a limited size and scope of programs; serve a specific community or neighborhood; are awarded to smaller organizations; and fund first-time Community Impact applicants.

Types of Support:

- Program: The CFMC is most interested in supporting sustainable programs that have the potential to produce meaningful results on community priorities. Funding is provided for the expansion or refinement of existing programs as well as new programs that show the promise of efficacy and sustainability.

- Operating Support: The CFMC may provide unrestricted operating grants to organizations that have a proven track record of community benefit in Monterey County. Organizations must have a base of operations in Monterey County and a positive and stable history with the Foundation.

- Capital Support: The CFMC supports capital costs (buildings and facilities) when those capital improvements have the potential to advance greater social benefit. Capital support will be considered for predevelopment expenses and/or for construction costs after the agency has raised at least half of the goal. Applicants are eligible for two capital-related grants for each project, regardless of the number of phases: one for predevelopment and one for construction costs.

- Organizational Development: Proposals are welcome for major organizational development efforts (non-recurring activities intended to develop the internal capacity and infrastructure of organizations). Organizations proposing a capacity-building grant should address how the project strengthens the organization and how it will enhance its mission and benefit the community served.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180122

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Grants: $5,000 - $12,000

Community Impact Grants: $12,001 - $50,000

The Foundation expects to fund larger Community Impact grants with the average grant award of $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Community Impact grants typically cover a period of 11 months. Multi-year proposals may be considered for larger initiatives and efforts but are the exception.

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

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-Application Information:

Community Development; Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation; and Environment & Animal Welfare grant deadlines:

- Community Impact Program Application Deadline: August 3, 2018
- Proposal Review: September-November 2018
- Board Decision: December 2018
- Grants Awarded and Project Begins: January 2019

- Small Grants Program Application Deadline: September 7, 2018
- Proposal Review: September-October 2018
- Staff Decisions: November 2018
- Grants Awarded and Project Begins: December 2018

Children & Youth, and Health & Human Services grant deadlines:

- Community Impact Program Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
- Proposal Review: March-May 2019
- Board Decision: June 2019
- Grants Awarded and Project Begins: July 2019

- Small Grants Program Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
- Proposal Review: March-April 2019
- Staff Decisions: May 2019
- Grants Awarded and Project Begins: June 2019

Eligible organizations have two application options:

- Community Impact grants ($12,001–$50,000)
- Small grants ($5,000–$12,000)

Only one application per grant cycle will be considered. Each application should focus on one program area, for example, Children & Youth or Environmental & Animal Welfare, not both. 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.

For questions regarding Children & Youth; and Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation, applicants should contact Josh Warburg.

For questions regarding Health & Human Services, applicants should contact Janet Shing.

For questions regarding applications in Community Development, and Environment & Animal Welfare, applicants should contact Erika Matadamas.

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.

For questions regarding Children & Youth; and Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation, contact:

Josh Warburg
831.375.9712 x127
Subject Line: Question about Community Impact Grants

For questions regarding Health & Human Services, contact:

Janet Shing
831.375.9712 x137
Subject Line: Question about Community Impact Grants

For questions regarding Community Development, and Environment & Animal Welfare, contact:

Erika Matadamas
831.754.5880 x134

Community Foundation for Monterey County
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