COVID-19 Relief Grants

August 17, 2020 – The Community Foundation for Monterey County is grateful to our many generous donors and has awarded more than $3 million in COVID-19 Relief Fund grants. The CFMC is not able to make additional grants at this time. We welcome additional donations to support future grants and will provide updates here.  

COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant Guidelines

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 Monterey County’s most vulnerable residents who will be impacted by the Coronavirus.

Government officials and business are taking sweeping measures to halt the spread of the virus by closing schools, delaying travel, cancelling events and having people work remotely. These challenges have the potential to disrupt our lives physically, socially and economically. We are concerned about community health, and the potential for working families to face economic hardship and food insecurity in the months ahead.

Grant Criteria

The CFMC will consider grant requests to:

  • Assist nonprofits serving vulnerable populations with basic needs (food, housing, living expenses, transportation costs, direct support) related to job layoffs and/or financial need
  • Assist nonprofit organizations with program support and related impacts due to quarantines and physical distancing
  • Fund programming to address the related-mental health impact

Grants are expected to range between $5,000 to $30,000 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies are eligible to apply for additional funds as needs arise. Requests will be reviewed by CFMC staff and grants awarded as quickly as possible.

The CFMC also encourages all nonprofits to consider applying for financial support offered through the CARES Act’s Payment Protection Program. To learn more:

https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/sites/default/files/documents/cares-act-loan-options-for-nonprofits.pdf

Selecting Grants

The Foundation 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.

Eligibility

  • 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.
  • Fiscally sponsored groups are not eligible at this time.

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, including budget shortfalls due to cancelled/postponed fundraising 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.

Submitting a Grant Proposal

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.

Evaluation

Organizations that are awarded a COVID-19 Relief Fund grant are encouraged to stay in close contact with the CFMC on the progress of their efforts and emerging needs.

Questions

For questions regarding COVID-19 Relief Fund grants, contact Laurel Lee-Alexander, Vice President of Grants and Programs, laurel@cfmco.org or 831.375.9712 x 112.

Apply for a Grant

Please visit www.cfmco.org/Apply for the grant application, instructions and all materials needed to submit a proposal. 

COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 Grant application

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COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources

The CFMC’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence has curated a list of COVID-19 nonprofit resources, webinars and templates to support local nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit Resources 

Recent Grants

The COVID-19 Relief fund began making grants to Monterey County nonprofits just five days after the fund opened. As of August 6, 2020, $2.9 million was granted, with more grant requests under review.

Recent Grants

ACTION Council of Monterey County $15,000 COVID-19 direct support for families
Alisal Education Foundation $30,000 Emergency financial support for families (Alisal in East Salinas)
Alliance on Aging $10,000 COVID-19: iPads for resident/family communications
ALS Association Golden West Chapter $30,000 COVID-19 program support for 25 families
American Cancer Society $30,000 COVID-19 program support for Monterey County residents
American Red Cross of the Central Coast $30,000 Support for Blood Drive and relief programs due to the COVID-19 crisis in Monterey County
American Red Cross of the Central Coast $30,000 Support for Blood Drive and relief programs due to the COVID-19 crisis (second grant)
ARIEL Theatrical $15,000 Support for program and staffing gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Arts Council for Monterey County $20,000 Emergency support for artists
Arts Council for Monterey County $25,000 COVID-19 distance learning for arts education
Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc. $12,000 Support for program revisions due to the COVID-19 crisis
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County $15,000 Nutrition support for families – COVID-19 response
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County $25,000 COVID-19 organizational support
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County $25,000 COVID-19 supplies, signage and summer learning kits
Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County $20,000 Increased special needs grant requests due to COVID-19
Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County $30,000 Continued special needs grant requests due to COVID-19
California Coastal Rural Development Corporation $20,000 COVID-19 operational support
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc $30,000 Increase access to unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19
Carmel Foundation $20,000 Low-income housing for seniors
Carmel Foundation $13,900 Curbside meals to go for seniors
Caroline’s Pantry Inc. $10,000 Food distribution program (North Monterey County)
CASA of Monterey County $15,000 Operating support – foster youth advocacy program impacted by COVID
Castroville Coalition $10,000 Direct support for North Monterey County residents
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey $30,000 Direct financial assistance
Center for Community Advocacy (DBA CCA) $20,000 COVID-19 Community Outreach Support
Central Coast VNA & Hospice $12,000 Emergency medical supplies for clinicians
Central Coast VNA & Hospice $12,400 Emergency medical supplies for clinicians (second grant)
Central Coast YMCA $50,000 Emergency child care for Monterey County essential workers due to COVID-19
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueño $10,000 Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
CHISPA $20,000 COVID-19: Resident Relief
City of Gonzales $30,000 Gonzales Together program: emergency support for families (Gonzales and Chualar)
Coalition of Homeless Services Providers $50,000 Project Refuge: motel housing for vulnerable homeless individuals
Coastal Kids Home Care $25,000 Capacity building for COVID -19
Community Association of Big Sur $30,000 COVID-19: Direct support for unemployed in Big Sur
Community Association of Big Sur $30,000 COVID-19: Direct support for vulnerable individuals and families in Big Sur (second distribution)
Community Bridges $10,000 Direct support for individuals and families ineligible for unemployment benefits in Monterey County
Community Homeless Solutions $30,000 Expansion of homeless shelter and housing services due to COVID-19 in Monterey County
Community Homeless Solutions $30,000 COVID-19 operating support, washer/dryer, and hotel vouchers
Community Human Services $30,000 Operating support –  COVID-19 response
Community Partnership for Youth $10,000 COVID-19 support for students and families
Community Partnership for Youth 50,000 on campus and remote mentoring, tutoring and student support
Dentistry 4 Vets $15,000 COVID-19 support: personal protective equipment
Door to Hope $15,975 Direct support for clients – COVID-19 response
Eden Housing, Inc. $19,900 Emergency fund to support low-income tenants (Monterey County)
El Pajaro Community Development Corporation $30,000 Emergency loan program for Monterey County micro and small businesses
Elkhorn Slough Foundation $20,000 COVID-19 Healthy Lands, Helping Hands program support
Everyone’s Harvest $10,000 COVID-19 organizational support for safe access to healthy food
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast $20,000 COVID-19 support for suicide prevention services
First 5 Monterey County $30,000 Essential supplies for families with children 0-5: (diapers, wipes, formula)
Food Bank for Monterey County $50,000 Emergency food assistance for COVID-19 health crisis
Food Bank for Monterey County $50,000 Emergency food assistance for COVID-19 health crisis
Food Bank for Monterey County $50,000 Additional emergency food assistance for COVID-19 health crisis
Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra $37,000 Serve homeless clients and provide special care and education for COVID-19
Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra $69,687 Dorothy’s Place – Phase II COVID-19 relief
Gateway Center of Monterey $10,000 Program support (equipment, games, personal protection equipment) – COVID-19 response
Gathering for Women-Monterey $20,000 Wellness support for homeless women
Gathering for Women-Monterey $30,000 COVID-19 operating support
Hartnell College Foundation $30,000 Emergency relief scholarships and technological support
Health Projects Center $30,000 COVID-19 organizational and program support
Hollister Youth Alliance $20,000 Direct support for low income San Benito County residents
HumanGood Foundation West $25,000 COVID-19 Cupboards of Care support: Pacific Meadows
Independent Transportation Network Monterey County $20,000 COVID-19 collaborative meal delivery program for seniors
Interim, Inc. $11,000 Support for bedding, clothing, and food gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services $25,000 Emergency financial assistance for medically fragile children in Monterey County
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower $20,000 Social-Emotional safety skills training – COVID-19 response
Kinship Center, A Member of Seneca Family of Agencies $10,000 Emergency fund to support kin caregivers and children – COVID-19 response
Kinship Center, A Member of Seneca Family of Agencies $10,000 Emergency fund to support vulnerable children and families – COVID-19 response
Learning Time, Inc. $5,000 COVID-19 Remote based program support
Legal Services for Seniors $15,000 Legal services and outreach
Loaves, Fishes & Computers $18,000 Computers for low-income families
Loaves, Fishes & Computers $30,000 Computers for low-income families (second grant)
Marketplace Meets Mission dba Love Our Central Coast $20,000 Homeless feeding and hygiene kits for encampments
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula $25,000 Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley $25,000 Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Monterey College of Law $21,880 Legal and mediation services for low and no-income Monterey County residents – COVID-19 response
Monterey County Association of Families Caring for Children $10,000 Basic needs for foster parents in Monterey County
Monterey County Health Department $36,000 Increase COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity
Monterey County Office of Education $30,000 Closing the digital divide for Monterey County schools
Monterey County Rape Crisis Center $20,000 COVID-19 operational support
Monterey County Symphony Association $25,000 COVID-19 Organizational Support
Monterey Museum of Art $25,000 COVID-19 organizational support
Monterey Peninsula College Foundation $30,000 COVID-19 Student Relief Program
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District $30,000 Temporary shelter and basic needs for homeless students and families
National Laboratory for Education Transformation $29,250 Monterey County Online Algebra Boot Camp
Natividad Medical Foundation $29,500 COVID-19 emergency resources for limited English proficient/indigenous people
Natividad Medical Foundation $30,000 COVID-19 prevention program for farm workers
Natividad Medical Foundation $30,000 Free COVID-19 testing for farmworkers
Neighbors Helping Neighbors $10,000 Food distribution and senior lunch programs (Aromas)
Orphan Productions $21,845 COVID-19 support for Safe Parking Program
Outreach Unlimited $15,000 I-HELP program on the Monterey Peninsula related to COVID-19
Outreach Unlimited $16,000 I-HELP Covid-19 continued support
Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance $15,000 Covid-19 relief to cover Related-Mental Health Impact
Palenke Arts $25,000 Emergency financial support for immigrant families (Seaside)
Palenke Arts $25,000 COVID-19 organizational support
Partnership for Children $20,000 Emergency financial assistance children in Monterey County
PG Steam $5,000 COVID-19 face masks
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte $20,000 COVID-19 organizational support
Rancho Cielo $17,500 Rancho Cielo Emergency Food Bag Program
Rights Counsel (DBA: Immigrants Rights Counsel) $30,000 COVID-19 operational support
Sabu Shake Sr Memorial Foundation $13,000 Meals – homeless community, Salvation Army transitional housing residents and hospitality workers
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation $30,000 COVID-19 support for patients and staff of SVMHS
Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps $50,000 Direct financial assistance
Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps $30,000 Additional COVID-19 family relief
Salvation Army, Salinas Corps $50,000 Direct financial assistance
Salvation Army, Salinas Corps $50,000 Meals for homeless in Salinas warming shelter and encampments
Santa Cruz Community Ventures $25,000 Direct financial aid for undocumented workers and families in Monterey County
Santa Cruz Community Ventures $50,000 COVID-19 operating and program support
Santa Cruz Community Ventures $50,000 COVID-19 operating and program support
Santa Cruz Community Ventures $30,000 COVID-19 program support
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County $10,000 Pajaro Valley COVID-19 relief
Sol Treasures $5,000 Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Sol Treasures $25,000 COVID-19 organizational support
Southern Monterey County Memorial Hospital dba Mee Memorial Hospital $30,000 Emergency medical funding
Special Kids Connect $10,000 COVID-19: academic support for children with special needs
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Parish $6,000 Increase food allocation and provide appropriate sanitation supplies
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Parish $12,000 Food pantry support
Sun Street Centers $24,300 COVID-19 Food, safety, and communication supplies
The Marina Foundation $5,000 Marina Seniors Emergency Fund
The Village Project, Inc. $10,000 Direct assistance for After School Academy families affected by layoffs
The Village Project, Inc. $25,000 COVID-19 organizational support
This Club Saves Lives $5,000 Weekly food boxes to families in Big Sur and Carmel Valley
UFW Foundation $30,000 Staff assistance to aid farm workers in Monterey County
United States Healthful Food Council, Inc. DBA Eat REAL $5,000 COVID-19 face masks for Monterey County school food service workers
United Way Monterey County $30,000 Informal Child Care Providers (Family, Friends and Neighbors) Relief Program
Valley Health Associates $29,625 Mobile Clinic – substance and opioid disorders treatment
Veterans Transition Center $30,000 Food pantry
YWCA Monterey County $30,000 Adaptation of existing programs to ensure 24/7 safety of our Domestic Violence Shelter
YWCA Monterey County $30,000 COVID-19 undocumented workers program support