COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant

Community Foundation for Monterey County

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $30,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Monterey County, California

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: COVID-19 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.

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) and Monterey Peninsula Foundation established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus in Monterey County. The COVID-19 Relief Fund will address the immediate and longer-term needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents who will be impacted by the Coronavirus.

Grant Criteria

The CFMC will consider grant requests to:

  • Assist nonprofits serving vulnerable populations with basic needs (food, housing, living expenses, transportation costs, etc.) related to job layoffs and/or unemployment
  • Assist nonprofit organizations experiencing staffing and/or volunteer gaps due to quarantines and social distancing
  • Help nonprofit organizations cover the costs incurred for travel changes and other pandemic-related cancellations
  • Fund programming to address related mental health impacts
  • Assist nonprofit organizations with financial planning and resilience

Selecting Grants

The CFMC will award operating grants on an ongoing basis to nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose operations in support of vulnerable populations and those affected by the pandemic have been stressed by the outbreak. We expect the needs generated by this pandemic will exceed the available funds. CFMC staff will review grant applications as needed and make recommendations to the CFMC President/CEO.

Grant Awards

We expect grants to range in size from $5,000 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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and other public agencies serving Monterey County residents.


  • Businesses and individuals are not eligible at this time, however grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct financial assistance to individuals can be awarded.
  • Exclusions
    • 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
    • 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.