Organizational Development (OD) Grants

Community Foundation for Monterey County

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Monterey County, California

Location of residency: Monterey County, California

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NOTE: We require you to speak with our staff before submitting an Organizational Development grant application.

Organizational Development (OD) Grants support one-time activities that strengthen an organization’s ability to function effectively and efficiently.

Reviewed by our Center for Nonprofit Excellence staff, OD grants focus on the inner workings of an organization, rather than its programs and services. This support is integral to our commitment to building the capacity of nonprofits to advance their missions.

Scope and Characteristics 

  • Projects address the internal workings and effectiveness of a nonprofit organization rather than programs
  • One-time activities that will make a significant difference in the way the organization works
  • Assumes organization will budget for similar activities in the future
  • Organizations can demonstrate a solid plan and readiness to make these changes


Organizational Development (OD) grants are part of the Community Foundation’s (CFMC) competitive grants program, which help organizations, serving Monterey County, make progress in addressing special, non-recurring management and leadership situations, significantly strengthen the organization’s internal functioning, and therefore, ability to advance their mission.

OD grant funds may be used for a broad range of capacity-building activities such as:

  • Strategic planning,
  • Agency restructuring,
  • Fund development planning,
  • Needs assessments,
  • Community engagement activities,
  • Executive coaching,
  • Marketing and communications,
  • Improving information management and systems,
  • Specialized staff, board or volunteer training,
  • Executive transitions and succession planning,
  • Board development, and
  • Sponsorship of training or other activities that will benefit a broad field of nonprofit organizations.
  • Collaborative efforts to strengthen the capacity of the nonprofit sector, or a subgroup within the sector, are also eligible.

Organizational development requires a significant agency-wide commitment to be successful, which must be demonstrated in the application. While an agency match is not required, it is strongly encouraged and may consist of funding, supplies, equipment, materials, professional services, and personnel expenses, or other relevant expenses. 

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


  • Eligibility
    • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, fiscally-sponsored organizations, and occasionally, other (unincorporated) public benefit organizations serving Monterey County residents.
      • Please contact us if your organization has not yet received its nonprofit status and plans to apply in conjunction with a fiscal sponsor.
    • Fiscal sponsors may submit applications for more than one sponsored group, as well as applications for their own organization.
    • Individual organizations within a collaborative applying for a grant may also apply for their own Organizational Development grant, as long as it is not for the same project as that of the collaborative.
    • Organizations may receive a Community Impact grant, Opportunity grant, and an Organizational Development grant in the same calendar year, as long as the grants are not for the same purpose.
    • All organizations applying for a grant must be current on reporting obligations for past CFMC grants.


  • Businesses and individuals are not eligible, with the exception of social enterprises associated with a local nonprofit.
  • Exclusions:
    • Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date
    • Routine operating or program expenses, including printing costs and staff time
    • Travel expenses associated with professional development or conferences
    • Consulting or training that duplicates services offered through other CFMC activities
    • Activities that are non-secular or promote a religious doctrine
    • Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
    • Academic research (Applied research, such as market studies, is eligible.)
    • Fundraising campaigns or events (Fund development planning is eligible.)
    • Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds
    • Payment of debt or legal settlements
    • Political or partisan purposes
    • Businesses and individuals are not eligible, except for social enterprises associated with a local nonprofit or
    • Fees associated with incorporating as a new nonprofit organization.
  • 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.