Application Process

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.


Before applying, check to make sure that your organization is eligible and falls within our focus areas.

Monterey Peninsula Foundation uses an online portal to accept grant applications and reports. We highly recommend that those new to the online portal review the Portal Guide and Helpful Hints before beginning a new grant application or report.

Online Portal Guide
Helpful Hints and Best Practices
Online Portal Log-In

Grant reports are available by logging in to the online portal. The reports are assigned to the primary contact of the grant. If your organization cannot find the assigned grant report or are unsure that a report has been completed or assigned, please contact:

Breanna Wilson
Program Associate at or 831.649.1533 for assistance.

How Applications are Reviewed

We’re committed to keeping applicants informed throughout the grant application process, and we’ll make every effort to let you know where you are in the process. We strive to review grant applications within a few weeks of submission and will respond by email to the primary contact listed on the grant application. If your organization does not hear from us within a month of submission, please contact us.

If your application is determined to be complete and competitive by our staff, it will be scheduled for the next available Grant Committee meeting.

We may conduct a site visit to learn more about your organization. While we cannot visit each applicant organization that applies in any given cycle, we are committed to visiting with as many as possible.

Our Grant Committee members are committed to accompanying staff on site visits as part of their volunteer service. Site visits are designed to help us understand the work of the organization in greater detail and to allow for a two-way conversation between funder and nonprofit. Please note that a site visit does not guarantee funding.

If the application is determined to be incomplete by our staff, we’ll respond by email to the primary contact listed on the grant application, with a checklist of needed materials. In cases where the application is considered very incomplete, not competitive, and/or ineligible for support, staff may decline the request, without being reviewed by the Grant Committee. Organizations that receive a denial must wait a year until submitting a new application.

Grant Award and Reporting

If a grant application is approved by the Grant Committee for funding, an award email outlining the terms and conditions of the grant will be sent to the primary contact, within a week of the Grant Committee meeting takes place.

If a grant application is declined by the Grant Committee, an email will be sent to the primary contact within several days of the Grant Committee meeting with staff available for a follow-up call. Organizations that receive a denial must wait a year until submitting a new application.

Grantees must use the funds awarded for the specific purpose outlined in the award email. Any requests for changes in use of funds must be submitted in writing (email is preferred) and in turn, receive written approval from the Foundation. Funds not used in the manner specified in the award email must be returned to the Foundation.

Grantees are required to complete a grant report through the online portal, for all grants previously awarded by their listed due date (from the award email) and before a new grant application will be considered. Reporting requirements for matching or multi-year grants will be noted on the award email.

For Applicants

Need Assistance?

Application Process

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

Breanna Wilson,
Program Associate at or 831.649.1533.


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

Hana Kong,
Program Officer at or 831.649.1533.

Community Initiatives

For questions regarding giving strategies or community initiatives, contact:

Mary Gunn,
Director of Philanthropy at or 831.649.1533.

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