Our Approach

Monterey Peninsula Foundation operates a place-based, responsive grantmaking strategy that spans a broad range of ages and community needs. We seek to strengthen the web of services, programs, and support that contribute to healthy vibrant communities. We often fund organizations over the longer-term, while keeping an eye on new opportunities to positively impact the region. Our policies are designed to help organizations capitalize on best practices in the field, but we aim to be flexible.

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 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.

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Timeframe for Applying

Monterey Peninsula Foundation has two grant cycles each year. All applicants must select a Home Cycle before applying. Home Cycles are a strategic choice made by the agency and we ask that agencies take the time to think through their selection to ensure it is a good fit.

Home Cycle FAQs

IMPORTANT: Grant Cycles have been updated, please note the following dates:

Spring Cycle (formerly Winter Cycle)*
– December 1 application deadline for April review
– Grant period for a single year grant is April 1-November 30 (8 months)
– Reports due December 1 (at the end of the grant period)

*K-12 schools (public, private and charter) and school districts must apply in the Spring Cycle. We ask that you contact the Philanthropy Office at [email protected] in advance of applying to discuss your funding request.

Fall Cycle
– June 1 application deadline for October review
– Grant period for a single year grant is October 1-May 31 (8 months)
– Reports due June 1 (at the end of the grant period)

Please note: These application and report dates will remain the same for each cycle in future years.

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.

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For Applicants

How To Apply

We accept grant applications through an online portal.

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Learn about eligibility, timeframe and more.

Read our Grant Guidelines

Need Assistance?

Application Process

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

[email protected] or call 831.649.1533


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

Ambry Capistrano
Philanthropy Program Manager at
[email protected] or 831.649.1533

Community Initiatives

For questions regarding giving strategies or community initiatives, contact:

Nancy Enterline
Vice President of Philanthropy at
[email protected] or 831.649.1533