COVID-19 Update

We are taking steps in our approach to grantmaking to make sure we are responding in the most effective and compassionate ways we can during the pandemic.

For our current grantees

  • SUMMER CYCLE APPLICANTS: The Summer Cycle application deadline (April 1) remains the same. However, in light of this crisis, we are willing to work with our applicants. If you are a Summer Cycle applicant and need additional time, please email Hana Kong, Program Officer, at hk@mpfca.org.
  • For those with current multi-year grants we will honor our commitments to you. If there are issues with the grants we should know about, please reach out to us.
  • Future multi-year grants are suspended for the current time. We believe the next months will set new baselines and clarify the most impactful approaches for our communities.
  • Future capital project funding will likewise be suspended.
  • We will not encourage agencies new to us to apply at this time.
  • We are open to converting project grants to general operating support. If this is something that would be helpful to you, please reach out to us via e-mail to grants@mpfca.org to initiate a conversation.
  • We understand the report timing may be a challenge, and that initial goals set for projects will be difficult to reach. Please reach out to us via e-mail to grants@mpfca.org to initiate a conversation.

 

COVID-19 Response

We are working to respond to the emerging needs resulting from the pandemic.  We are focused on local solutions aimed direct service/basic needs in each of our three counties.

  • The first investment has been made –$200,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
  • We are working collaboratively with funders in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties and anticipate other support will be provided in the coming weeks.

We acknowledge that there are complex issues arising in providing services in new ways.  We hope to help address complex needs and gaps that will come in the next weeks.  Some issues we are watching: childcare for essential workers; nonprofit stabilization; emerging technology needs for students; and specific technology needs for counseling services.

We will all learn much more as we live into the next weeks. The entire MPF team is working to ensure health and safety for our communities, and to determine the best way forward during a complex time. We appreciate your efforts to ensure the health and well-being of your families and communities.