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Grants & Support

CampersJournalingA healthy and vibrant nonprofit sector is key to our goal of strengthening communities throughout Monterey County. The CFMC is a partner and funder to a wide range of nonprofits doing important, innovative work in our region. The CFMC has awarded more than $110 million to hundreds of grantees in Monterey County and beyond.

Grants Programs

  • Community Impact Grants comprise the CFMC's largest responsive grants program. The four major program areas are: Investing in Our People, Strengthening Our Communities, Celebrating Our Cultures and Stewarding Our Environment.
  • Opportunity Grants are small grants which incorporate the former Technical Assistance grants to address a wider spectrum of needs including organizational development projects, emerging ventures, urgent needs and other time-sensitive efforts where a small amount of money will make a big difference.
  • Neighborhood Grants support the wide variety of local neighborhood groups working to improve the quality of life at a grassroots level. The Neighborhood Grants Program provides small grants and technical support to neighborhood groups throughout Monterey County that are helping residents help themselves to make a better life for their family and neighbors.
  • Stanton Grants are awarded to human services and arts organizations preferred in the Stanton guidelines and funded by the Robert & Virginia Stanton Endowment.

  • Women’s Fund Grants are awarded by annually by the Women’s Fund of Monterey County, a field of interest fund of the Community Foundation. They support efforts to bring about real change in two broad areas: advancing the economic prosperity of women, and investing in the future of women and girls.

  • The Community Leadership Project is a special capacity-building grants program for nonprofit organizations located in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.   The goal of these multi-year grants (2013-2016) is to increase the sustainability of small, community-based organizations serving low-income communities of color on the Central Coast. 
  • Futer Essential Human Services Grants are part of the Community Impact Grants program. This special funding opportunity provides three-year operating support grants to help high-performing human service organizations sustain and strengthen their operations for the future.
  • Special Purpose Grants are made to nonprofit organizations doing work in a specific area of interest designated by the donors when they created their funds.  Applications are open only to those nonprofits which fit the special purpose of the fund.
  • Donor Advised Grants are provided through donor advised funds established at the CFMC by individuals, families and organizations who determine the goals and objectives of the grants from their funds. Donor advised funds are not open to requests for funding.
  • Scholarships and Awards offered through the CFMC include numerous scholarships and awards programs administered through local schools and committees.

Additional Support

CNELogo The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) offers:


For more information about our grants programs, please contact Laurel Lee-Alexander or call 831.375.9712 x112.





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