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Community Impact Grants

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies for
Community Benefit Programs in Eligible Locations

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Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

03/05/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations and public agencies for community programs and projects. Funding is intended to support projects and activities within the focus areas of health and human services, children and youth, arts and culture, historic preservation, community development, environment, and animal welfare. All programs must benefit residents of Monterey County.

The CFMC supports effective programs that expand access to services and programs for residents throughout Monterey County and address opportunity/ achievement gaps that increase equity (everyone has the same starting point regardless of ethnicity or income).

Application Options:

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

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

The CFMC strongly encourages proposals that do one or more of the following:

  • Incorporate innovative approaches that are based on research, experience and best practices in the field
  • 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
  • Organizational Development
  • Capital Support
  • Operating Support

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For details on the grant focus areas, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180122

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Community Impact Grants range between $15,001 and $50,000. The CFMC expects to fund larger Community Impact grants with the average grant award of $25,000.
- Small Grants range between $5,000 and $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Community Impact grants typically cover a period of 11 months. Two-year applications may be considered for organizations that have a proven grants record of community benefit and a positive and stable history with CFMC.

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.
- In general, an organization is eligible to receive only one Community Impact grant per calendar year. Only one application per grant cycle will be considered. Your application should focus on one program area, for example, Children & Youth Development OR Environmental & Animal Welfare, not both. Only one Community Impact grant per organization will be awarded each calendar year, unless the grant is for a multi-organization collaborative project.

*Fiscal Sponsorship: Efforts or collaborative projects that are not legally incorporated may partner with a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 nonprofit 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.

Please contact the Funding Source if your 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
- Same purpose as an Opportunity, Organizational Development or Stanton grant in the same calendar year

While schools, faith-based organizations and public agencies are eligible to apply for a grant from the Community Foundation, due to limited funds, grants are infrequently awarded to such organizations. It is highly recommended that you speak with your program officer before submitting a grant application to discuss your proposal idea and fit with the Foundations priorities and interests.

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-proposal Conference:

An information session will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021 (Zoom), 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

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Information session presentation:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for all programs is March 5, 2021, by 5:00 PM.

- Community Impact Grants: June
- Small Grants: June


How to Apply:

Information Session Presentation (8 min recording):

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Janet Shing, Director of Grantmaking
831.375.9712 x137

For technical assistance:
Karina Gutierrez-Barboza
831.754.5880 x135

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