Our Approach

Monterey Peninsula Foundation operates a place-based, responsive grantmaking strategy that spans a broad range of ages and community needs. The community focus is our primary strategy to strengthen the web of services, programs, and supports that contribute to healthy vibrant communities. We fund organizations over the longer-term, however, we work to minimize dependence on annual support grants whenever appropriate and prudent. Our policies requiring board giving and external financial oversight are designed to help organizations capitalize on best practices in the field.

We view funding as a partnership. We acknowledge that each community served has different strengths and challenges, and we work to tailor our support accordingly. We aim to be flexible. We realize that there are gaps that exist and we care about filling the need in all the communities we serve. Our flexibility is a key benefit we can offer to applicants and grantees.

What we Support

Since its inception, Monterey Peninsula Foundation has given millions of dollars to local organizations. In the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Foundation donated $10.8 million to support nonprofits and schools in the tri-county area we serve.

Learn More About What We Support

For Applicants

How To Apply

We accept grant applications through an online portal.

Learn more about our Application Process

Guidelines

Learn about eligibility, timeframe and more.

Read our Grant Guidelines

Impact and Learning

Learn about our community initiatives.

Learn more about Impact and Learning

Need Assistance?

Application Process

For questions about the Online Portal or the application process, contact:

Breanna Warnars,
Program Associate at
bw@mpfca.org or 831.649.1533.

Eligibility

For guidance on whether a request would be eligible for support, contact:

Hana Kong,
Program Officer at
hk@mpfca.org or 831.649.1533.

Community Initiatives

For questions regarding giving strategies or community initiatives, contact:

Mary Gunn,
Director of Philanthropy at
mg@mpfca.org or 831.649.1533.

For resources on grant writing and other trainings, visit the Community Foundation for Monterey County’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence.