COVID-19 Relief Fund Grants Top $1.3 Million

COVID-19 Relief Fund Grants Top $1.3 Million

April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Relief Fund Grants Top $1.3 Million in First Month

Fund at Community Foundation for Monterey County Helps Meet Community Needs  

Monterey County, California — Just one month ago on March 16, 2020, the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) launched the COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund, created in partnership with the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, provides grants to nonprofit organizations addressing the immediate and longer-term needs of Monterey County’s most vulnerable residents impacted by the Coronavirus. One hundred percent of the fund will be used for grantmaking.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund has had a tremendous impact. The first grant was made to the Food Bank for Monterey County just two days after the fund was established. As of April 16, more than $1.3 million has been granted through 56 grants for food banks and meal delivery, emergency medical supplies, mental health, child care, homeless services, financial assistance, technology for students and seniors to stay connected, help accessing unemployment benefits and expanded services to meet increased need for programs and support.

To see a full list of grantees or apply, visit The CFMC’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence also offers a curated list resources and webinars at

Thanks to the Community Foundation’s swift action, our local nonprofits have received much needed resources to respond immediately to the pandemic. I believe many lives will be saved as a result.” – Robin McCrae, Chief Executive Officer, Community Human Services.

The need is great but individual donors, CFMC fund holders, companies and private foundations have responded. The COVID-19 Relief Fund has raised $2,289,303 as of April 17.

Those wishing to give can make a secure online tax-deductible donation at, mail a check to the Community Foundation for Monterey County, 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940 with “COVID-19 Relief Fund” in the memo, or call 831.375.9712. To contribute stock or make a gift of an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution, please contact Christine Dawson at for details.

Private foundation and company donors include: Aera Energy, L/G Anderson Family Foundation, Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation, California International Airshow, The California Wellness Foundation, Church in the Forest, Claire Giannini Fund, The James Irvine Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Monterey County Bar Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Scott and Kim Negri Family Foundation, Neumeier Poma Investment Counsel, PG&E Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, J. Miles and Rosanne Reiter Family Foundation, Sunlight Giving Foundation and United Way Monterey County.

We thank Community Foundation for Monterey County for the generous grant from the COVID-19 Relief Fund that allowed us to purchase more masks and other emergency supplies,” said Jill Allen, Executive Director, Dorothy’s Place.

“We have seen a dramatic increase in demand. This grant will enable us to significantly increase the volume, quality, and nutritional value of VTC’s pantry. We’re very grateful,” said Jack Murphy, Deputy Executive Director, Veterans Transition Center.

Government officials and businesses have instituted sweeping measures to halt the spread of the virus. Work and school closures, travel and event cancellation and physical distancing are disrupting lives physically, socially and economically.

We’re concerned about community health, and the potential for people to face economic hardship and food insecurity in the coming months. This fund allows us to help one another through this challenge.” – Dan Baldwin, CFMC President/CEO

Recent Grants

The COVID-19 Relief fund began making grants to Monterey County nonprofits just five days after the fund opened. As of April 16, 2020, $1.3 million was granted, with more grant requests under review.

Recent Grants

ACTION Council of Monterey County$15,000COVID-19 direct support for families
Alliance on Aging$10,000COVID-19: iPads for resident/family communications
American Red Cross of the Central Coast$30,000Support for Blood Drive and relief programs due to the COVID-19 crisis in Monterey County
ARIEL Theatrical$15,000Support for program and staffing gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc.$12,000Support for program revisions due to the COVID-19 crisis
Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County$20,000Increased special needs grant requests due to COVID-19
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc$30,000Increase access to unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19
Carmel Foundation$20,000Low-income housing for seniors
CASA of Monterey County$15,000Operating support – foster youth advocacy program impacted by COVID
Castroville Coalition$10,000Direct support for North Monterey County residents
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey$30,000Direct financial assistance
Center for Community Advocacy (DBA CCA)$20,000COVID-19 Community Outreach Support
Central Coast VNA & Hospice$12,000Emergency medical supplies for clinicians
Central Coast VNA & Hospice$12,400Emergency medical supplies for clinicians (second grant)
Central Coast YMCA$50,000Emergency child care for Monterey County essential workers due to COVID-19
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueño$10,000Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
CHISPA$20,000COVID-19: Resident Relief
Coastal Kids Home Care$25,000Capacity building for COVID -19
Community Association of Big Sur$30,000COVID-19: Direct support for unemployed in Big Sur
Community Homeless Solutions$30,000Expansion of homeless shelter and housing services due to COVID-19 in Monterey County
Community Human Services$30,000Operating support –  COVID-19 response
Food Bank for Monterey County$50,000Emergency food assistance for COVID-19 health crisis
Food Bank for Monterey County$50,000Emergency food assistance for COVID-19 health crisis
Food Bank for Monterey County$50,000Additional emergency food assistance for COVID-19 health crisis
Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra$37,000Serve homeless clients and provide special care and education for COVID-19
Gateway Center of Monterey$10,000Program support (equipment, games, personal protection equipment) – COVID-19 response
Gathering for Women-Monterey$20,000Wellness support for homeless women
Health Projects Center$30,000COVID-19 organizational and program support
Hollister Youth Alliance$20,000Direct support for low income San Benito County residents
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services$25,000Emergency financial assistance for medically fragile children in Monterey County
Kinship Center, A Member of Seneca Family of Agencies$10,000Emergency fund to support kin caregivers and children – COVID-19 response
Learning Time, Inc.$5,000COVID-19 Remote based program support
Legal Services for Seniors$15,000Legal services and outreach
Loaves, Fishes & Computers$18,000Computers for low-income families
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula$25,000Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley$25,000Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Monterey County Symphony Association$25,000COVID-19 Organizational Support
Monterey Peninsula College Foundation$30,000COVID-19 Student Relief Program
Natividad Medical Foundation$29,500COVID-19 emergency resources for limited English proficient/indigenous people
Outreach Unlimited$15,000I-HELP program on the Monterey Peninsula related to COVID-19
Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance$15,000COVID-19 relief to cover Related-Mental Health Impact
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte$20,000COVID-19 organizational support
Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps$50,000Direct financial assistance
Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps$30,000Additional COVID-19 family relief
Salvation Army, Salinas Corps$50,000Direct financial assistance
Santa Cruz Community Ventures$25,000Direct financial aid for undocumented workers and families in Monterey County
Sol Treasures$5,000Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Southern Monterey County Memorial Hospital dba Mee Memorial Hospital$30,000Emergency medical funding
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Parish$6,000Increase food allocation and provide appropriate sanitation supplies
Sun Street Centers$24,300COVID-19 Food, safety, and communication supplies
The Marina Foundation$5,000Marina Seniors Emergency Fund
The Village Project, Inc.$10,000Direct assistance for After School Academy families affected by layoffs
This Club Saves Lives$5,000Weekly food boxes to families in Big Sur and Carmel Valley
UFW Foundation$30,000Staff assistance to aid farm workers in Monterey County
Veterans Transition Center$30,000Food pantry
YWCA Monterey County$30,000Adaptation of existing programs to ensure 24/7 safety of our Domestic Violence Shelter

About the Community Foundation for Monterey County
The mission of the CFMC is “to inspire philanthropy and be a catalyst for strengthening communities throughout Monterey County.” Thanks to generous community members who have created charitable funds in their lifetimes or through their estates, the CFMC has granted more than $205 million to nonprofits working towards healthy, safe, vibrant communities. For more information visit, call 831.375.9712 or stay connected at or

About the Monterey Peninsula Foundation
The mission of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation is “to enhance the quality of life in Monterey County and surrounding areas through the strategic disbursement of charitable funds generated by hosting the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the PURE Insurance Championship.” Monterey Peninsula Foundation leverages the game of golf into positive community change. The mission is two-fold: To host the most remarkable tournaments for players, spectators, sponsors, and volunteers, and to focus the philanthropy made possible by the tournaments to enhance the quality of life across Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties.

Media Contact: Amanda Holder, CFMC Director of Communications / 831.375.9712 x123 /