What We Do - Grants - FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

Background

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.

Grants

Frequently Asked Questions – Grants

Q: How do I know if my organization is eligible for a grant from Monterey Peninsula Foundation?

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.

Q: What are the deadlines for submitting a grant application?

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.

Q: What is an appropriate request amount? Is there a maximum grant size?

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.

Q: My organization received a grant from Monterey Peninsula Foundation last year. May I apply for a new grant?

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.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions before submitting my grant application?

A: All inquiries about grant applications should be directed to the Foundation’s Director of Philanthropy or Program Officer.

Q: Can individuals apply for grants from Monterey Peninsula Foundation?

A: Monterey Peninsula Foundation does not make grants or loans to individuals.

Q: What if our program or funding results change after we receive a grant and we’d like to request a revised use for our grant funds?

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.

Q: Can anyone at Monterey Peninsula Foundation help me write a grant application?

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

Frequently Asked Questions – The Youth Fund

Q: Can I apply for a grant to both the Youth Fund and Monterey Peninsula Foundation?

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.

Q: How do I decide if my organization should apply to the Foundation or 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.

Q: What kinds of projects does the Youth Fund support?

A:

  • Special programs at public or charter schools that serve grades K-12
  • School equipment for needy youth at private schools that serve grades K-12
  • Special programs and/or supplies for youth organizations
  • Team uniforms and equipment for boys and girls (K-12) athletic teams (i.e. at schools, Little League, Pop Warner Football league, etc.)
  • Scholarships or financial aid for Monterey County Community Colleges and four-year universities, and scholarships for needy students at the K-12 level
  • Equipment and supplies for organizations that support mentally and physically challenged children
  • Drug or alcohol counseling for youth
  • Music and art programs for youth (including youth symphony concerts, youth music festivals, youth-theater groups, musical performances geared towards youth, and art classes for youth)
  • Instruments, uniforms, and equipment for youth orchestras and bands
  • Early childhood education programs
  • Sober Grad Night events (organized by school or PTA)

The Youth Fund does not support salaries for teachers or school employees.

Q: How do I apply for a grant from the Youth Fund?

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).

Q: What are the deadlines for submitting a grant application to the Youth Fund and requirements if funded?

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.

Q: How long does it take once a grant application is submitted to go through the review process?

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.