Community Impact Grants

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies in Monterey County
for Community Development, Arts, and Human Services

GrantWatch ID#: 180122
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC)

08/04/17 - for Community Impact Grants ($12,001 - $50,000) in the program areas of Arts, Culture, & Historic Preservation; Community Development; and Environment & Animal Welfare

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Grants to Monterey County, California nonprofit organizations and public agencies to promote vibrant, safe, and healthy communities. Program areas include children and youth; health and human services; community development; environment and animal welfare; and arts, culture, and historic preservation.

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. These applications are reviewed by volunteer grant committees composed of CFMC Board members and community volunteers who represent a range of perspective and expertise.

Scope and characteristics of 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: 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. Grant requests are reviewed and recommended by CFMC program staff assigned to each program area.

Scope and characteristics of Small Grants:

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

1) Children & Youth

The Foundation supports programs that help children and youth reach their full potential.

Funding Priorities:

-Early childhood education and family literacy projects that optimize the development of children (ages 0-5) so they enter school ready to learn (e.g., family reading programs and early childhood enrichment)

-Integrated academic supports to help youth (grades K-12) graduate from high school prepared for success (e.g., tutoring and homework support, in-school supplemental programs, academic mentors, college preparation)

-Programs that promote character-building, leadership and life skills development and that empower and support youth to make constructive use of time outside the school environment (e.g., afterschool enrichment programs, leadership skills development, service-learning projects)

-Parent education and engagement efforts to promote healthy family environments, nurture positive youth development, and involve parents in their children’s education (e.g., parent/child communication programs, parenting classes, parental involvement with schools)

2) Health & 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.

Funding Priorities:

-Community health promotion and prevention programs that keep people healthy and delay or eliminate the necessity for treatment (e.g., programs that promote healthy lifestyles, nutrition, exercise, family planning, substance abuse education, family violence prevention)

-Independent living resources for older adults, people living with disabilities or chronic illness, foster youth and other special needs populations (e.g., senior meal and social programs, caregiver and other support groups)

-Case management and other programs that provide guidance in navigating the health and human services system and/or teach self-advocacy skills to secure needed resources for people who have limited access to services (e.g., access to public benefit programs, resources and referrals)

-Expanded or improved basic needs services to meet growing trends or changing needs. Funding will focus on services that address the basic living needs (food and shelter) of Monterey County’s most vulnerable and underserved individuals and families. New elements may include adding services or hours of operation or implementing new business practices that contribute to increased effectiveness and positive client outcomes.

*The Community Foundation uses the common public health definition of primary prevention as approaches that occur before illness or injury, and early intervention as responses after symptoms or risk of illness or injury occur.

Note: A significant portion of Health and Human Services funding is through the Dr. Frank Pye Smith Fund and the Dr. George & Sam Kih Thorngate Family Fund, which are designated to assist healthcare clinics and medical facilities. Proposals from hospitals, clinics and related medical facilities that address one of the Health and Human Services Interest Areas are encouraged.

3) 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.

Funding Priorities:

-Community organizing and leadership development that engages people in addressing issues of mutual concern and leading positive change in their community (e.g., organize residents to address neighborhood concerns, training for emerging leaders)

-Community revitalization to make public spaces accessible, family-friendly and safe (e.g., community gardens, development of bike/walking trails, community emergency preparedness, collaboration and joint use agreements with schools and other public buildings/spaces, etc.)

-Immigrant and basic adult literacy services to help people access information they need to fully participate in their communities, workplace and 21st-century commerce (e.g., citizenship classes, language acquisition, family financial management, digital literacy, etc.)

-Employment readiness, skills training and other employment resources that increase access to living-wage jobs (e.g., summer jobs for youth, career counseling, job search and interviewing skills)

4) Arts & Culture

The Foundation fosters activities and programs that broaden, diversify and deepen participation in quality artistic experiences, especially among youth, multicultural and other new audiences.

Funding Priorities:

-Access to art education and cultural experiences that nurture development for youth (e.g., art appreciation programs, youth mentorship, artistic training and performance opportunities

-Efforts to reach new and underserved audiences with relevant, high-quality, artistic experiences (e.g., targeted marketing and outreach efforts, strategic initiatives for audience development, programming to attract new audiences, development of bilingual and bicultural programs)

-Community-building programs that use the arts to promote cultural expression, build community pride and bridge cultural divides (e.g., community art projects, multicultural programming)

5) Historic Preservation

The Foundation funds activities that preserve and celebrate Monterey County’s rich and diverse history.

Funding Priorities:

-Efforts to preserve, restore and interpret historic places, structures and artifacts that are significant to Monterey County’s history (e.g., interpretation plans, structural assessments, archival enhancements)

-Educational programs that cultivate interest, understanding and pride in the history and cultures of our region (e.g., historic curriculum enhancements, school field trip destinations)

Note: Most of the Community Foundation’s historical preservation funding is made possible via the Thomas Doud, Sr. and Anita M. Doud Fund, which was designated “…to preserve, protect, and interpret the history, art, architecture and culture of the City of Monterey.” Please refer to our Historic Preservation Grant Guidelines for eligibility guidelines.

6) Environment & 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.

Funding Priorities:

-Environmental education and hands-on experiences for youth that inspire responsible stewardship of our natural resources (e.g., food systems, watershed, energy use, biodiversity and inter-dependence, climate change, etc.)

-Activities that help sustain healthy ecosystems and other efforts to ensure a healthy Monterey County for current and future generations (e.g., habitat restoration, efficient energy use, recycling, park/beach clean-ups, etc.)

-Prevention programs that address pet overpopulation, abuse, neglect and homelessness

-Programs that support vulnerable people (e.g., seniors, disabled) in keeping their companion animals at home

The CFMC seeks to fund proposals that:
-Align with one or more of the CFMC’s funding priorities (see the detailed Grantmaking Framework)
-Exhibit the potential to accomplish meaningful results or impact in one or more of the interest areas listed under each funding priority area
-Address community challenges, underserved populations and/or service gaps
-Articulate desired results, effective methods, and viable plans for maintaining ongoing efforts
-Demonstrate strong community support, capable leadership and knowledge of, and involvement in, the communities served -Include a realistic project budget and financial information that demonstrate fiscal health
The CFMC strongly encourages proposals that do one or more of the following:
-Incorporate fresh, innovative approaches that are based on research, experience and best practices in the eld
-Use collaborative strategies that support efficiencies, increase effectiveness and build leadership for achieving broader community impact
-Leverage the proposed CFMC grant with other financial and human resources

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.

-Capital Support: The CFMC supports capital costs (buildings and facilities) when those capital improvements have the potential to advance greater social bene t. Capital support will be considered for predevelopment expenses and/or for construction costs after the agency has raised at least half of the goal.

-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 bene t the community served.


-Small Grants: $5,001 - $12,000
-Community Impact Grants: $12,001 - $50,000

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

Community Impact grants typically cover a period of 11 months. Organizations may receive up to five (5) consecutive years of funding through the Community Impact grant program. After the fifth consecutive year of funding, an organization must refrain from applying for one year.* Multi-year proposals may be considered for larger or nonprofit sector initiatives, but are the exception.

*CFMC’s board approved a one-year extension to this limit for 2017. Organizations who received Community Impact grants every year since 2012 may apply for a Community Impact in 2017 grant, as long as other eligibility requirements are met.


-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.

-Only one Community Impact grant per organization will be awarded annually, unless the grant is for a multi-organization collaborative project.

Please contact us if your organization has not yet received its nonprofit status and plans to apply in conjunction with a fiscal sponsor.

*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. The fiscal sponsor must agree to be accountable to the CFMC for the programmatic and financial outcomes of the grant and have a signed agreement with the sponsored group verifying the terms of the arrangement.

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.

The August 4, 2017 deadline (for decisions first Friday in December) is for Community Impact Grants ($12,001 - $50,000) in the program areas of:

-Arts, Culture, & Historic Preservation
-Community Development
-Environment & Animal Welfare

The September 1, 2017 deadline (for decisions first Friday in December) is for Small Grants ($5,001 - $12,000) in the program areas of:

-Arts, Culture, & Historic Preservation
-Community Development
-Environment & Animal Welfare

The February 2, 2018 deadline (for decisions first Friday in June) is for Community Impact Grants ($12,001 - $50,000) in the program areas of:

-Children & Youth
-Health & Human Services

The March 2, 2018 deadline (for decisions first Friday in June) is for Small Grants ($5,001 - $12,000) in the program areas of:

-Children & Youth
-Health & Human Services

Information Session Presentation (Recording):

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

Health & Human Services:
Josh Warburg, Program and Scholarships Officer
831.375.9712 x127

Children & Youth; Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation:
Aurelio Salazar, Jr., Program Officer
831.375.9712 x134

Community Development; Environment & Animal Welfare:
Karina Gutierrez, Grants & Office Administrator
831.754.5880 x135

For grant processing/ reporting and questions regarding the online grant system, contact:

Janet Shing, Director of Grantmaking
831.375.9712 x137

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