Fire Relief Fund Grants

Fire Relief Fund Grants

The Monterey County Fire Relief Fund was created August 19, 2020 to help individuals and families impacted by current and future wildfires throughout Monterey County. 

Grants from this special purpose fund will support nonprofit organizations assisting with relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts for individuals and organizations affected by the fire. The grant guidelines are subject to change in order to be flexible and responsive to needs as they arise.

Grant Criteria

At this time, grants from the fund will focus on relief and recovery efforts and will be considered for the following types of activities:

Relief Efforts

Funds may be provided to organizations providing immediate direct relief to individuals in Monterey County impacted from the fires. Some possible activities might include:

  • Support for emergency shelter
  • Support for evacuees and residents (food, housing and immediate needs)
  • Financial assistance to those evacuated, and/or to those displaced or affected by the closure of businesses/employment
  • Efforts to support firefighters (equipment, etc.)

Recovery Efforts

Funds may be provided to organizations providing programming in Monterey County for communities impacted from the fires. Some possible activities might include:

  • Assist nonprofit organizations with program support and related impacts due to the wildfires and evacuations (Ex: program or service interruptions or relocation and reopening due to evacuations in the affected areas, equipment and other supplies due to evacuations and fire damage in the affected areas).
  • Programming to address the related-mental health impact

Selecting Grants

We expect the needs generated by these fires will exceed the available funds. Applications will be reviewed by CFMC staff for approval by the CFMC President/CEO.

Grant Awards

Grants are expected to range between $2,000 to $30,000. Organizations may apply for more than one grant during the calendar year, as this fund is intended to be responsive to the ongoing needs of the community.


  • Grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and other public agencies serving the communities affected by the wildfires that began in Monterey County in August 2020.
  • Businesses and individuals are not eligible to apply at this time.


  • Activities that are non-secular or promote a religious doctrine
  • Academic or medical research
  • Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
  • Annual fundraising campaigns or events
  • Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds
  • Payment of debt or legal settlements
  • Political or partisan purposes
  • Unincorporated Groups
  • Fiscally sponsored groups

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.

Submitting a Grant Proposal

Monterey County Fire Relief Fund grant applications can be submitted at any time while funds are available. Grantmaking decisions will typically be made within two to four weeks of receipt of the proposal.

Apply for a Grant

Please visit for the grant application, instructions and all materials needed to submit a proposal. 

Monterey County Fire Relief Fund Guidelines

Monterey County Fire Relief Fund Application

Organizations that are awarded a Monterey County Fire Relief Fund grant are encouraged to stay in close contact with the CFMC on the progress of their efforts. A final grant report will not be required.



If you have questions about the Monterey County Fire Relief Fund grantmaking process after reviewing the guidelines and application instructions, please contact Laurel Lee-Alexander, Vice President of Community Impact, or 831.375.9712 x 112.

Recent Grants

Monterey County Fire Relief fund began making grants to Monterey County nonprofits just five days after the fund opened. As of October 14, 2020, $474,009 was granted, with more grant requests under review.

Recent Grants

Organization NameAmount AwardedProgram Name
American Red Cross of the Central Coast30,000Recovery efforts for Monterey County fires
Big Sur Fire38,665Firefighter needs for the Dolan Fire: equipment repair and replacement, volunteer firefighter stipends and meals, fuel
Big Sur Grange$20,000Fire cleanup and ADA access
Big Sur Land Trust$30,000River Fire recovery at Marks Ranch (Salinas)
Big Sur Park School$25,344Tuition assistance
Cachagua Fire Protection District$11,798Firefighting clothing/protection and vehicle repair/maintenance
Carmel Valley Kiwanis Foundation10,000direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Catholic Charities Of The Diocese Of Monterey10,000direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Community Association of Big Sur10,000direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Community Association of Big Sur50,000Financial support for workers
Community Association of Big Sur50,000Dolan Fire: Firefighter relief and fire recovery
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula$30,000MontereyCoRecovers Relief Fund – basic needs
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula$12,250CERT training and PPE
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula$15,000MontereyCoRecovers Relief Fund Efforts #2
Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries$14,000Fire relief activities and supplies for evacuees in libraries
Friends of Cachagua Children’s Center$15,000Grocery gift cards for Cachagua/Tassajara families
Hope, Horses & Kids$11,500Evacuation operating support
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula$30,000Home Delivered Meals Program Expansion
Monterey County Youth Museum$20,000Relief support for evacuees with children/organizational support
Salvation Army-Monterey Peninsula Corps10,000direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Ventana Wildlife Society$30,000Rebuild the Condor Sanctuary


The CFMC’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence has curated a list of Monterey County Fire Relief resources to support individuals and families.


Learn more or make a gift to support the Monterey County Fire Relief Fund.