The Foundation’s focus areas are: Arts & Culture, Community & Environment, Education, Health & Human Services, and Youth. The Foundation’s Youth Fund is a separate grant fund that awards grants to selected youth-oriented organizations in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Nonprofit organizations can submit one grant application per twelve-month period to either Monterey Peninsula Foundation or the Youth Fund, with the exception of colleges and universities, which may apply to both.
The Foundation will consider grant applications for capital projects, programs, and operating support. Grants range from $10,000 – $100,000, and may be higher for capital projects or multi-year grants. Grant applications should show strong and realistic financial planning. The Foundation may make matching or challenge grants to help organizations attract wider support.
Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties in Central California, with limited grants to organizations in Northern California.
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