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.
What We Support
Since its inception, Monterey Peninsula Foundation has given millions of dollars to support local nonprofits and schools in the tri-county area we serve. In 2022, the Foundation reached the charitable milestone of $200 million in lifetime giving.
Timeframe for Applying
Monterey Peninsula Foundation has three grant cycles each year (Summer, Fall, and Winter).
Effective October 1, 2022, grant applications must be submitted by the following dates each year:
– April 1 for July review (reports due March 1)
– July 1 for October review (reports due June 1)
– December 1 for April review (reports due December 1)
Note: K-12 schools (public, private and charter) and school districts should plan to apply in the Winter Cycle moving forward.
Only completed applications from eligible organizations will be considered for funding during their home cycle timeline. Applicants that miss reporting and application deadlines will be asked to wait a year before applying. Strict adherence to these deadlines is critical to ensure the agency can apply for support annually.
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 be denied.