Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment Grant

Community Foundation for Monterey County

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 13, 2019 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Monterey County, California

Location of residency: Monterey County, California

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Virginia Stanton left a bequest to establish this fund in her name and her husband’s. The fund was established in 1994 as the Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment. Mrs. Stanton named some favorite agencies or types of projects for annual consideration in order of priority (see below). Others may also be funded at the discretion of the CFMC Board and the Stanton Committee.

Stanton Endowment Priorities

Organizations named in the Stanton Endowment documents will receive priority. However, “naming” was not meant to guarantee a distribution to the named agencies, but rather to express a preference among equals in a competitive process. The Stanton Endowment Grant Committee may also consider proposals from other human service and arts organizations in Monterey County. The Committee generally gives priority to one-time special or capital projects, rather than funding ongoing operating support.

The CFMC supports capital costs (buildings and facilities) when those capital improvements have the potential to advance greater social benefit. Capital support will be considered for predevelopment expenses and/or for construction costs after the agency has raised at least half of the goal. Applicants are eligible for two capital-related grants: one for predevelopment expenses and one for construction costs.

The Stanton Endowment Grant Committee will consider the public benefits likely to occur as a result of the proposed activities, as well as other details of the proposals such as cost effectiveness, past record of achievement, and fit with the general guidelines and purposes of the Community Foundation and the Stanton Endowment. 

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  • Stanton Endowment grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations serving Monterey County residents.
  • To be eligible for funding, organizations must be current on reporting obligations for past CFMC grants. 


  • This fund gives priority to the agencies and programs of special interest to Virginia and Robert Stanton. These include:
    • The Stanton Center (formerly known as the Allen Knight Maritime Museum)
    • The repair, maintenance and capital improvements of public buildings designed by Robert Stanton, especially the King City High School Auditorium and the Monterey County Court House in Salinas
    • The Monterey History and Art Association
    • The Monterey County Symphony Association
    • The Monterey Museum of Art
    • The American Red Cross of the Central Coast (formerly known as the Carmel Chapter of the American Red Cross)
    • The Salvation Army – Monterey Peninsula Corps
  • The Fund may also consider proposals from similar organizations in Monterey County.
  • The committee generally gives priority to one-time special or capital projects, rather than funding ongoing operating support.


  • The CFMC does not award Stanton Endowment grants to support:
    • Individuals, through academic scholarships, fellowships, stipends, travel awards, or the like (however, subsidies to reduce program costs for a group of low-income participants are sometimes called “scholarships” but are eligible)
    • Religious activities
    • Academic research (however, mission-related applied research such as feasibility studies or needs assessments are eligible)
    • Salaries and other operating expenses of schools and public agencies.
    • Annual campaigns or special events
    • Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds
    • Payment of debt, even for expenditures that would otherwise fall within the guidelines
    • Reimbursement for expenditures made prior to the scheduled grant check date
    • Agencies that have unresolved, non-consensual liens

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