COVID-19 Relief Fund

COVID-19 Relief Fund

COVID-19 Relief Fund

The COVID-19 Relief Fund addresses the immediate and longer-term needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents. The Community Foundation for Monterey County created the fund in partnership with the Monterey Peninsula Foundation to help those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus in Monterey County.

Dan Baldwin, President/CEOWe’re concerned about community health, and people facing economic hardship and food insecurity now and in the months to come. By being proactive during times of uncertainty, we can come together to respond to the evolving needs of our diverse community.” – Dan Baldwin, CFMC President/CEO

Monterey County is a caring, resilient and generous community. More than $1.7 million has been granted. The need is great.

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Donations – 100% For Grantmaking

Donations to the fund support community needs in human services, health, housing and education, and will make grants to nonprofits providing aid to impacted individuals and families in Monterey County.

The fund is a trusted repository for philanthropic assets to be directed specifically for those purpose. 100% of donations will be used for grantmaking.

How to Give

Those wishing to contribute can:

Cash donations are not accepted.

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Foundation leaders will be closely monitoring how the Coronavirus impacts our community and will deploy additional financial resources to best meet evolving needs. Thank you to the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, individual, business and private foundation donors, and CFMC donor advisors for the support of the fund.

We are proud to collaborate with other local funders to provide a quick financial response, lending support to our community in this unexpected time of need.” – Steve John, Monterey Peninsula Foundation Tournament Director and CEO

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Nonprofits assisting those impacted by the Coronavirus are invited to apply for a grant. Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please see grant guidelines at

COVID-19 Relief Fund Grantees

The COVID-19 Relief fund began making grants to Monterey County nonprofits just five days after the fund opened. As of May 8, 2020, $1.7 million was granted, with more grant requests under review.

COVID-19 Relief Fund Grantees

ACTION Council of Monterey County$15,000COVID-19 direct support for families
Alisal Education Foundation$30,000Emergency financial support for families (Alisal in East Salinas)
Alliance on Aging$10,000COVID-19: iPads for resident/family communications
ALS Association Golden West Chapter$30,000COVID-19 program support for 25 families
American Red Cross of the Central Coast$30,000Support for Blood Drive and relief programs due to the COVID-19 crisis in Monterey County
ARIEL Theatrical$15,000Support for program and staffing gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Arts Council for Monterey County$20,000Emergency support for artists
Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc.$12,000Support for program revisions due to the COVID-19 crisis
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County$15,000Nutrition support for families – COVID-19 response
Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County$20,000Increased special needs grant requests due to COVID-19
California Coastal Rural Development Corporation$20,000COVID-19 operational support
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc$30,000Increase access to unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19
Carmel Foundation$20,000Low-income housing for seniors
CASA of Monterey County$15,000Operating support – foster youth advocacy program impacted by COVID
Castroville Coalition$10,000Direct support for North Monterey County residents
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey$30,000Direct financial assistance
Center for Community Advocacy (DBA CCA)$20,000COVID-19 Community Outreach Support
Central Coast VNA & Hospice$12,000Emergency medical supplies for clinicians
Central Coast VNA & Hospice$12,400Emergency medical supplies for clinicians (second grant)
Central Coast YMCA$50,000Emergency child care for Monterey County essential workers due to COVID-19
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueño$10,000Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
CHISPA$20,000COVID-19: Resident Relief
City of Gonzales$30,000Gonzales Together program: emergency support for families (Gonzales and Chualar)
Coastal Kids Home Care$25,000Capacity building for COVID -19
Community Association of Big Sur$30,000COVID-19: Direct support for unemployed in Big Sur
Community Bridges$10,000Direct support for individuals and families ineligible for unemployment benefits in Monterey County
Community Homeless Solutions$30,000Expansion of homeless shelter and housing services due to COVID-19 in Monterey County
Community Homeless Solutions$30,000COVID-19 operating support, washer/dryer, and hotel vouchers
Community Human Services$30,000Operating support –  COVID-19 response
Community Partnership for Youth$10,000COVID-19 support for students and families
Door to Hope$15,975Direct support for clients – COVID-19 response
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast$20,000COVID-19 support for suicide prevention services
First 5 Monterey County$30,000Essential supplies for families with children 0-5: (diapers, wipes, formula)
Food Bank for Monterey County$50,000Emergency food assistance for COVID-19 health crisis
Food Bank for Monterey County$50,000Emergency food assistance for COVID-19 health crisis
Food Bank for Monterey County$50,000Additional emergency food assistance for COVID-19 health crisis
Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra$37,000Serve homeless clients and provide special care and education for COVID-19
Gateway Center of Monterey$10,000Program support (equipment, games, personal protection equipment) – COVID-19 response
Gathering for Women-Monterey$20,000Wellness support for homeless women
Hartnell College Foundation$30,000Emergency relief scholarships and technological support
Health Projects Center$30,000COVID-19 organizational and program support
Hollister Youth Alliance$20,000Direct support for low income San Benito County residents
Interim, Inc.$11,000Support for bedding, clothing, and food gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services$25,000Emergency financial assistance for medically fragile children in Monterey County
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower$20,000Social-Emotional safety skills training – COVID-19 response
Kinship Center, A Member of Seneca Family of Agencies$10,000Emergency fund to support kin caregivers and children – COVID-19 response
Learning Time, Inc.$5,000COVID-19 Remote based program support
Legal Services for Seniors$15,000Legal services and outreach
Loaves, Fishes & Computers$18,000Computers for low-income families
Marketplace Meets Mission dba Love Our Central Coast$20,000Homeless feeding and hygiene kits for encampments
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula$25,000Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley$25,000Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Monterey College of Law$21,880Legal and mediation services for low and no-income Monterey County residents – COVID-19 response
Monterey County Symphony Association$25,000COVID-19 Organizational Support
Monterey Museum of Art$25,000COVID-19 organizational support
Monterey Peninsula College Foundation$30,000COVID-19 Student Relief Program
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District$30,000Temporary shelter and basic needs for homeless students and families
Natividad Medical Foundation$29,500COVID-19 emergency resources for limited English proficient/indigenous people
Natividad Medical Foundation$30,000COVID-19 prevention program for farm workers
Orphan Productions$21,845COVID-19 support for Safe Parking Program
Outreach Unlimited$15,000I-HELP program on the Monterey Peninsula related to COVID-19
Outreach Unlimited$16,000I-HELP Covid-19 continued support
Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance$15,000Covid-19 relief to cover Related-Mental Health Impact
Palenke Arts$25,000Emergency financial support for immigrant families (Seaside)
PG Steam$5,000COVID-19 face masks
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte$20,000COVID-19 organizational support
Rancho Cielo$17,500Rancho Cielo Emergency Food Bag Program
Rights Counsel (DBA: Immigrants Rights Counsel)$30,000COVID-19 operational support
Sabu Shake Sr Memorial Foundation$13,000Meals – homeless community, Salvation Army transitional housing residents and hospitality workers
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation$30,000COVID-19 support for patients and staff of SVMHS
Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps$50,000Direct financial assistance
Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps$30,000Additional COVID-19 family relief
Salvation Army, Salinas Corps$50,000Direct financial assistance
Salvation Army, Salinas Corps$50,000Meals for homeless in Salinas warming shelter and encampments
Santa Cruz Community Ventures$25,000Direct financial aid for undocumented workers and families in Monterey County
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County$10,000Pajaro Valley COVID-19 relief
Sol Treasures$5,000Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Southern Monterey County Memorial Hospital dba Mee Memorial Hospital$30,000Emergency medical funding
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Parish$6,000Increase food allocation and provide appropriate sanitation supplies
Sun Street Centers$24,300COVID-19 Food, safety, and communication supplies
The Marina Foundation$5,000Marina Seniors Emergency Fund
The Village Project, Inc.$10,000Direct assistance for After School Academy families affected by layoffs
This Club Saves Lives$5,000Weekly food boxes to families in Big Sur and Carmel Valley
UFW Foundation$30,000Staff assistance to aid farm workers in Monterey County
Valley Health Associates$29,625Mobile Clinic – substance and opioid disorders treatment
Veterans Transition Center$30,000Food pantry
YWCA Monterey County$30,000Adaptation of existing programs to ensure 24/7 safety of our Domestic Violence Shelter

COVID-19 Information & Resources

Read our Responding to COVID-19 blog for resources for individuals, nonprofits and businesses:

Responding to COVID-19

Updated April 30,2020