Monterey Peninsula Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that benefit the community in the focus areas of Arts & Culture, Community & Environment, Education, Health & Human Services, and Youth. The Foundation’s geographic funding areas include Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties in Central California, with limited grants to organizations in Northern California. The Foundation’s principal source of funds is the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Monterey Peninsula Foundation also administers The Youth Fund, a youth-oriented fund that awards grants to youth-oriented nonprofit organizations and schools in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties.
A: We award grants to tax-exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations - public charities as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (not classified as a private foundation), schools and public agencies. The Foundation’s geographic funding areas are: Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties in Central California, with limited grants to organizations in Northern California. Also, the Foundation and Youth Fund only consider requests from nonprofit organizations that have been in existence for at least three years.
A: There are no application deadlines; the Foundation accepts grant applications throughout the year. The Grant Committee meets in June and December.
Since applicants should expect up to 60-90 days after submitting an application for determination of any funding, applications should be submitted a minimum of 60 days before an applicant hopes a grant application will be reviewed by the Grant Committee.
A: The amount that you request from the Foundation should be proportional to your organizational budget, project budget, and expected income from other sources. While there are no restrictions for the maximum grant amount applicants may request, the Foundation will take into consideration the applicant’s track record in implementing projects of a similar size and scope. It is also expected that there will be other sources of support for the project.
A: Yes, unless your organization received a multi-year grant. Eligible organizations may submit one grant application in a twelve-month period. The Foundation also requires that applicants submit a completed Grant Outcome Evaluation Report for any grants previously awarded by the Foundation before new grant applications will be accepted for review. Grant Outcome Evaluation Reports are due within one year of the grant’s award date unless otherwise noted in a grant letter and grant agreement.
A: All inquiries about grant applications should be directed to the Foundation’s Director of Philanthropy or Program Officer.
A: Monterey Peninsula Foundation does not make grants or loans to individuals.
A: Any requests for a revision in use of funds must be submitted in writing to the Foundation and in turn receive written approval. Funds not used in the manner specified in the Grant Agreement must be returned to the Foundation or be approved for reallocation by the Foundation.
A: We do not provide assistance with writing grant applications. A resource for grantwriting workshops and information is the Community Foundation for Monterey County’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence (www.cfmco.org, 831-375-9712)
The Youth Fund
A: No—organizations can apply once in twelve-month period to either the Youth Fund or the Foundation for a grant, with the exception of public and private schools, colleges and universities. Public and private schools serving K-12 can apply more than once per year to the Youth Fund. Colleges and universities may apply separately to the Foundation and the Youth Fund.
A: Review the Grant Guidelines for both the Foundation and the Youth Fund and determine if your program/project fits within the guidelines and how much funding you need. Foundation grants generally range from $10,000 - $100,000 and may be higher for capital projects or multi-year grants. Youth Fund grants range from $1,000 – $10,000.
The Youth Fund does not support salaries for teachers or school employees.
A: Applicants to the Youth Fund should use the Monterey Peninsula Foundation Youth Fund Grant Application (not the Monterey County Area Grantmakers Common Grant Application).
A: There are no application deadlines; the Foundation accepts grant applications throughout the year. The Youth Fund Grant Committee meets in April, August and November. The recipient of any grant from the Foundation must use the funds awarded for the specific purpose of the original intent. The Foundation requires that grantees submit a completed Grant Outcome Evaluation Report for any grants previously awarded by the Foundation before a new grant application will be considered. Grant Outcome Evaluation Reports are due within one year of the grant’s award date.
A: After a complete (all submitted materials are current and complete according to the directions) grant application is received, the Foundation's Youth Fund Grant Committee considers all applications scheduled for review. Staff may conduct site visits with the applicants or call the applicants with questions. A site visit or call by staff does not guarantee funding approval. If a grant applications does not meet the criteria of the Youth Fund, the applicant will be notified immediately. Since applicants should expect up to 60-90 days after submitting an application for determination of any funding, applications should be submitted a minimum of 60 days before applicant hopes a grant application will be reviewed by the Youth Fund Grant Committee.