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Census 2020 Fund

Grants to Monterey County, California Nonprofits for Outreach
and Education that Promote Participation in the Census

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

07/26/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Monterey County, California nonprofit organizations for outreach and education efforts that promote participation in the census among populations that are difficult to count. Funding is intended to ensure that all residents are included in the 2020 Census. Priority during the current round of pooled funding will be given to organizations focused on the education phase, which includes media and outreach efforts.

Hard-to-count populations are some of the most vulnerable, including low-income communities, immigrants, indigenous communities, the homeless, people of color, and children ages 0-5. In addition, most questionnaires will be collected online, making it difficult for households that lack digital access to participate

Application should include specific target populations and plans to educate and encourage participation in the 2020 census. Examples of possible activities include, but are not limited to:
- Education events or workshops for members of hard-to-count communities to learn about the 2020 census, the risks of an incomplete county, and the importance of participating in the census.
- Door-to-door canvassing to encourage households to complete the census form.
- Technical assistance for nonprofit organizations that are helping communities complete the census forms
- Census Ambassador Centers: questionnaire assistance centers set-up in locations identified as trusted spaces that are within census tracts and blocks with the highest rates of hard-to-count populations
- Language access to support the language access needs for HTC populations
- Innovative strategies

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186389

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation expects to grant $45,000 from the Census 2020 Fund to fund projects that address its priorities. Additionally, CFMC will be regranting approximately $240,000 from the State of California.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded for a 12-month grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The CFMC is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations working to educate and engage hard-to-count communities in Monterey County for the 2020 Census.

Eligibility Criteria:
- 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies.
- Only one grant application per organization will be considered.
- Only proposals related to Census 2020 education and outreach efforts in Monterey County will be accepted.
- All organizations applying for a grant must be current on reporting obligations for past CFMC grants.
- Applications from grassroots groups without formal 501(c)3 status will be considered. Please contact the CFMC program officer before submitting a request.

What grant funds CANNOT support:
- Religious organizations that exclude services based on religious beliefs or promote a religious doctrine.
- Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services.
- Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Optional Information Session: July 10, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Salinas)

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 5:00 PM, July 26, 2019. Grant decisions will be in early October.

Applicants who have any questions about eligibility, program fit, or the grantmaking program should contact program staff.

CFMC will also be regranting State funds to community-based organizations working to ensure a fair and accurate count. Organizations interested in being considered for a State grant should submit a proposal by the deadline.

Important Dates:
- June 26, 2019: Application is available
- July 10: Information Session in Salinas
- July 26: Deadline to apply
- Early October: Applicants notified of decisions
- Late October: Grants awarded for outreach and education
- Early 2020: Grants awarded for motivate and activate phases

How to Apply:

Video Tutorial:

Census 101:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions, contact:
Erika Matadamas, Grantmaking

Christine Dawson, Fundraising

Community Foundation for Monterey County
2354 Garden Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831.375.9712
Fax 831.375.4731

Salinas Office:
945 South Main Street, Suite 207
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: 831.754.5880
Fax: 831.754.5876

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Monterey County