Neighborhood Grants Program

Community Foundation for Monterey County

Grant amount: US $500 - US $4,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 16, 2019 5:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Monterey County, California

Location of residency: Monterey County, California

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The Community Foundation for Monterey County inspires philanthropy and is a catalyst for strengthening communities throughout Monterey County. We work with hundreds of individuals, families and businesses to fulfill their philanthropic vision.


Thank you for considering the Neighborhood Grants Program to support your group’s project.  

The Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP) is committed to providing financial and technical support to resident- or community-led groups for projects in their neighborhood or community that help improve the quality of life for its residents.

Healthy, Safe, Vibrant Communities 

The vision of the Community Foundation for Monterey County is healthy, safe, vibrant communities. The NGP seeks groups that can carry out this vision in their respective neighborhood or community. 

About the Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP)

The NGP is a competitive grant program of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. NGP reviews applications from various community groups throughout Monterey County that actively bring residents together to identify community issues and implement solutions to address them.

Groups selected for a neighborhood grant also receive assistance and training throughout the year such as: conducting a self-assessment, developing a vision and mission statement, budget, action plan, and other topics identified by the group. Additional training opportunities may include: member recruitment, meeting facilitation, fundraising, and marketing. 

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


  • Groups are eligible to apply for a neighborhood grant if they meet the following criteria:
    • Group is made up of 5 or more person (cannot be related).
    • Group is based in Monterey County.
    • Project or activities are carried out in any one of the cities or unincorporated areas of Monterey County.
    • Group does not have any a final report due from a previous grant.
    • Able to open a bank account under the group’s name (assistance will be provided).
  • The following groups are encouraged to apply: 
    • Any resident- or community-led group working on a project or activity that will directly benefit their community.
    • Advocacy groups focusing on neighborhood improvements such as: after-school programs, sidewalk improvements, streetlights, farmers’ markets, etc.
    • Art groups organizing free art (painting, poetry, music, theater, dance, etc.) lessons, experiences, exhibits, etc. in under-served communities or in communities where art programs and services are limited or non-existent.
    • Neighborhood or apartment associations, neighborhood watches that develop resident leadership to identify and resolve neighborhood issues.
    • Youth sport teams (baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, etc.) that increase or improved parent participation, physical and mental health, life skills or similar youth developmental abilities.
    • Support groups where none exist due to transportation or language barriers, or subject matter.
    • Funded groups will be required to open a bank account under the group’s name. The CFMC will provide staff support for those who need help. 


  •  Priority is given to applicants from underserved and/or low-income areas in the county.


  • What we do not fund: 
    • Academic research
    • Capital campaigns
    • Debt reduction or legal settlements
    • Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date
    • The creation of, or addition to endowment funds
    • Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
    • Projects whose main purpose is fundraising
    • Individuals, including scholarships
    • Political campaigns
    • Religious activities or services

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