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 2016-17 fiscal year, the Foundation donated $12.8 million to support nonprofits and schools in the tri-county area we serve.
Timeframe for Applying
While we accept grant applications throughout the year, we ask that grant applications be submitted by the following dates:
- January 1 for Grant Committee review in March
- April 1 for Grant Committee review in June
- July 1 for Grant Committee review in September
- October 1 for Grant Committee review in December
Only completed grant applications from eligible organizations will be considered for funding. Applicants should make every effort to ensure their application includes all financial, budget, and other attachments required in our online application process. If an application is received incomplete, it may delay the review to a later date.