COVID-19 Relief Grants

September 18, 2020 – Thanks to additional donations, the Community Foundation for Monterey County is reopening the COVID-19 Relief Fund grant application process. Please review the grant guidelines and information and the link “Apply for a Grant” (below).

COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant Guidelines

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) and Monterey Peninsula Foundation established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus in Monterey County. The COVID-19 Relief Fund will address the immediate and longer-term needs of Monterey County’s most vulnerable residents who will be impacted by the Coronavirus.

Government officials and business are taking sweeping measures to halt the spread of the virus by closing schools, delaying travel, cancelling events and having people work remotely. These challenges have the potential to disrupt our lives physically, socially and economically. We are concerned about community health, and the potential for working families to face economic hardship and food insecurity in the months ahead.

Grant Criteria

The CFMC will consider grant requests to:

  • Assist nonprofits serving vulnerable populations with basic needs (food, housing, living expenses, transportation costs, direct support) related to job layoffs and/or financial need
  • Assist nonprofit organizations with program support and related impacts due to quarantines and physical distancing
  • Fund programming to address the related-mental health impact

Grants are expected to range between $5,000 to $30,000 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies are eligible to apply for additional funds as needs arise. Requests will be reviewed by CFMC staff and grants awarded as quickly as possible.

The CFMC also encourages all nonprofits to consider applying for financial support offered through the CARES Act’s Payment Protection Program. To learn more:

Selecting Grants

The Foundation will award operating grants on an ongoing basis to nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose operations in support of vulnerable populations and those affected by the pandemic have been stressed by the outbreak.  We expect the needs generated by this pandemic will exceed the available funds. CFMC staff will review grant applications as needed and make recommendations to the CFMC President/CEO.

Grant Awards

We expect grants to range in size from $5,000 to $30,000. Organizations may apply for more than one grant during the calendar year, as this fund is intended to be responsive to the ongoing needs of the community.


  • Grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and other public agencies serving Monterey County residents.
  • Businesses and individuals are not eligible at this time, however grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct financial assistance to individuals can be awarded.
  • Fiscally sponsored groups are not eligible at this time.


  • Activities that are non-secular or promote a religious doctrine
  • Academic or medical research
  • Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
  • Annual fundraising campaigns or events, including budget shortfalls due to cancelled/postponed fundraising events
  • Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds
  • Payment of debt or legal settlements
  • Political or partisan purposes

CFMC does not support organizations that discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Submitting a Grant Proposal

COVID-19 Relief Fund grant applications can be submitted at any time while funds are available. Grantmaking decisions will typically be made within two to four weeks of receipt of the proposal.


Organizations that are awarded a COVID-19 Relief Fund grant are encouraged to stay in close contact with the CFMC on the progress of their efforts and emerging needs.


For questions regarding COVID-19 Relief Fund grants, contact Laurel Lee-Alexander, Vice President of Community Impact, or 831.375.9712 x 112.

Apply for a Grant

Please visit for the grant application, instructions and all materials needed to submit a proposal. 

COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 Grant application


COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources

The CFMC’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence has curated a list of COVID-19 nonprofit resources, webinars and templates to support local nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit Resources 

Recent Grants

The COVID-19 Relief fund began making grants to Monterey County nonprofits just five days after the fund opened. As of October 8, 2020, more than $3 million was granted, with more grant requests under review.

Recent Grants

Organization NameAmount AwardedProgram Name
ACTION Council of Monterey County$15,000COVID-19 direct support for families
Alisal Education Foundation$30,000Emergency financial support for families (Alisal in East Salinas)
Alliance on Aging$10,000COVID-19: iPads for resident/family communications
ALS Association Golden West Chapter$30,000COVID-19 program support for 25 families
American Cancer Society$30,000COVID-19 program support for Monterey County residents
American Red Cross of the Central Coast$30,000Support for Blood Drive and relief programs due to the COVID-19 crisis in Monterey County
American Red Cross of the Central Coast$30,000Support for Blood Drive and relief programs due to the COVID-19 crisis (second grant)
ARIEL Theatrical$15,000Support for program and staffing gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Arts Council for Monterey County$20,000Emergency support for artists
Arts Council for Monterey County$25,000COVID-19 distance learning for arts education
Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc.$12,000Support for program revisions due to the COVID-19 crisis
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County$15,000Nutrition support for families – COVID-19 response
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County$25,000COVID-19 organizational support
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County$25,000COVID-19 supplies, signage and summer learning kits
Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County$20,000Increased special needs grant requests due to COVID-19
Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County$30,000Continued special needs grant requests due to COVID-19
California Coastal Rural Development Corporation$20,000COVID-19 operational support
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
Carmel Foundation$13,900Curbside meals to go for seniors
Caroline’s Pantry Inc.$10,000Food distribution program (North Monterey County)
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 Center for Independent Living$30,000COVID-19 food and housing support for residents with disabilities
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
City of Gonzales$30,000Gonzales Together program: emergency support for families (Gonzales and Chualar)
Coalition of Homeless Services Providers$50,000Project Refuge: motel housing for vulnerable homeless individuals
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 Association of Big Sur$30,000COVID-19: Direct support for vulnerable individuals and families in Big Sur (second distribution)
Community Bridges$10,000Direct support for individuals and families ineligible for unemployment benefits in Monterey County
Community Homeless Solutions$30,000Expansion of homeless shelter and housing services due to COVID-19 in Monterey County
Community Homeless Solutions$30,000COVID-19 operating support, washer/dryer, and hotel vouchers
Community Human Services$30,000Operating support –  COVID-19 response
Community Partnership for Youth$10,000COVID-19 support for students and families
Community Partnership for Youth50,000on campus and remote mentoring, tutoring and student support
Dentistry 4 Vets$15,000COVID-19 support: personal protective equipment
Door to Hope$15,975Direct support for clients – COVID-19 response
Eden Housing, Inc.$19,900Emergency fund to support low-income tenants (Monterey County)
El Pajaro Community Development Corporation$30,000Emergency loan program for Monterey County micro and small businesses
Elkhorn Slough Foundation$20,000COVID-19 Healthy Lands, Helping Hands program support
Everyone’s Harvest$10,000COVID-19 organizational support for safe access to healthy food
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast$20,000COVID-19 support for suicide prevention services
First 5 Monterey County$30,000Essential supplies for families with children 0-5: (diapers, wipes, formula)
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
Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra$69,687Dorothy’s Place – Phase II COVID-19 relief
Gateway Center of Monterey$10,000Program support (equipment, games, personal protection equipment) – COVID-19 response
Gateway Center of Monterey$7,000Personal protection equipment
Gathering for Women-Monterey$20,000Wellness support for homeless women
Gathering for Women-Monterey$30,000COVID-19 operating support
Hartnell College Foundation$30,000Emergency relief scholarships and technological support
Health Projects Center$30,000COVID-19 organizational and program support
Hollister Youth Alliance$20,000Direct support for low income San Benito County residents
HumanGood Foundation West$25,000COVID-19 Cupboards of Care support: Pacific Meadows
Independent Transportation Network Monterey County$20,000COVID-19 collaborative meal delivery program for seniors
Interim, Inc.$11,000Support for bedding, clothing, and food gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services$25,000Emergency financial assistance for medically fragile children in Monterey County
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower$20,000Social-Emotional safety skills training – COVID-19 response
Kinship Center, A Member of Seneca Family of Agencies$10,000Emergency fund to support kin caregivers and children – COVID-19 response
Kinship Center, A Member of Seneca Family of Agencies$10,000Emergency fund to support vulnerable children and families – 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
Loaves, Fishes & Computers$30,000Computers for low-income families (second grant)
Marketplace Meets Mission dba Love Our Central Coast$20,000Homeless feeding and hygiene kits for encampments
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 College of Law$21,880Legal and mediation services for low and no-income Monterey County residents – COVID-19 response
Monterey County Association of Families Caring for Children$10,000Basic needs for foster parents in Monterey County
Monterey County Health Department$36,000Increase COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity
Monterey County Office of Education$30,000Closing the digital divide for Monterey County schools
Monterey County Rape Crisis Center$20,000COVID-19 operational support
Monterey County Symphony Association$25,000COVID-19 Organizational Support
Monterey Museum of Art$25,000COVID-19 organizational support
Monterey Peninsula College Foundation$30,000COVID-19 Student Relief Program
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District$30,000Temporary shelter and basic needs for homeless students and families
National Laboratory for Education Transformation$29,250Monterey County Online Algebra Boot Camp
Natividad Medical Foundation$29,500COVID-19 emergency resources for limited English proficient/indigenous people
Natividad Medical Foundation$30,000COVID-19 prevention program for farm workers
Natividad Medical Foundation$30,000Free COVID-19 testing for farmworkers
Neighbors Helping Neighbors$10,000Food distribution and senior lunch programs (Aromas)
Orphan Productions$21,845COVID-19 support for Safe Parking Program
Outreach Unlimited$15,000I-HELP program on the Monterey Peninsula related to COVID-19
Outreach Unlimited$16,000I-HELP Covid-19 continued support
Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance$15,000Covid-19 relief to cover Related-Mental Health Impact
Palenke Arts$25,000Emergency financial support for immigrant families (Seaside)
Palenke Arts$25,000COVID-19 organizational support
Partnership for Children$20,000Emergency financial assistance children in Monterey County
PG Steam$5,000COVID-19 face masks
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte$20,000COVID-19 organizational support
Rancho Cielo$17,500Rancho Cielo Emergency Food Bag Program
Rights Counsel (DBA: Immigrants Rights Counsel)$30,000COVID-19 operational support
Sabu Shake Sr Memorial Foundation$13,000Meals – homeless community, Salvation Army transitional housing residents and hospitality workers
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation$30,000COVID-19 support for patients and staff of SVMHS
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
Salvation Army, Salinas Corps$50,000Meals for homeless in Salinas warming shelter and encampments
Santa Cruz Community Ventures$25,000Direct financial aid for undocumented workers and families in Monterey County
Santa Cruz Community Ventures$50,000COVID-19 operating and program support
Santa Cruz Community Ventures$50,000COVID-19 operating and program support
Santa Cruz Community Ventures$30,000COVID-19 program support
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County$10,000Pajaro Valley COVID-19 relief
Sol Treasures$5,000Support for program gaps due to the COVID-19 crisis
Sol Treasures$25,000COVID-19 organizational support
Southern Monterey County Memorial Hospital dba Mee Memorial Hospital$30,000Emergency medical funding
Special Kids Connect$10,000COVID-19: academic support for children with special needs
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Parish$6,000Increase food allocation and provide appropriate sanitation supplies
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Parish$12,000Food pantry support
Sun Street Centers$24,300COVID-19 Food, safety, and communication supplies
Sun Street Centers$30,000COVID-19 food, safety, and communication supplies
The Marina Foundation$5,000Marina Seniors Emergency Fund
The Marina Foundation$10,000Senior meals program (Marina)
The Village Project, Inc.$10,000Direct assistance for After School Academy families affected by layoffs
The Village Project, Inc.$25,000COVID-19 organizational support
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
United States Healthful Food Council, Inc. DBA Eat REAL$5,000COVID-19 face masks for Monterey County school food service workers
United Way Monterey County$30,000Informal Child Care Providers (Family, Friends and Neighbors) Relief Program
Valley Health Associates$29,625Mobile Clinic – substance and opioid disorders treatment
Veterans Transition Center$30,000Food pantry
YWCA Monterey County$30,000Adaptation of existing programs to ensure 24/7 safety of our Domestic Violence Shelter
YWCA Monterey County$30,000COVID-19 undocumented workers program support