CFMC’s small Opportunity grants program address a wide spectrum of needs.

Applications are accepted year round for grants to support emerging organizations and ventures, urgent needs and other time-sensitive efforts where a small amount of money will make a difference.  Opportunity grants typically range between $1,000 and $5,000.  While larger grants (up to $10,000) may be considered, they are the exception.

Opportunity At a Glance

Grant Amount$500 – $5,000
Application DeadlinesYear-round
Scope and Characteristics
  • Newly formed or emerging nonprofits or organizations new to Monterey County
  • New projects or pilot programs to serve an important community need
  • Urgent or time-sensitive projects that need to be addressed before the next budget cycle
  • One-time grant, not ongoing program support
Application and Reporting
  • A conversation with your program officer prior to submittal is highly encouraged
  • Fairly simple, online application and reporting
DecisionUsually within 2 months


  • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, fiscally-sponsored organizations, and occasionally, other unincorporated public benefit organizations serving Monterey County residents.
  • Fiscal sponsors may submit applications for more than one sponsored group, as well as applications for their own organization.
  • Individual organizations within a collaborative applying for a grant may also apply for their own Opportunity Grant, as long as it is not for the same project as that of the collaborative.
  • Organizations may receive a Community Impact grant and an Opportunity grant in the same calendar year, as long as the grants are not for the same purpose.
  • Businesses and individuals are not eligible, with the exception of social enterprises associated with a local nonprofit.
  • Please contact us if your organization has not yet received its nonprofit status and plans to apply in conjunction with a fiscal sponsor.

Guidelines and Application

Before submitting your application for a grant:

  1. Review the Opportunity Grant Guidelines and application
  2. Review the list below of recent grants
  3. Have a conversation with CFMC staff

Applications are accepted year-round and funding decisions are generally made within eight weeks of submitting an application.

How to Apply


The final report is due within one year of receiving a grant.

Evaluation Components:

  1. An expense report, detailing how the funds were spent. All grantees will use the same expense report form.
  2. A narrative evaluation in which you report how the grant was used, the impact it had on your organization and/or community, what you have learned, and your next steps.

Online Grants Manager

Recent Grants

Community Builders for Monterey County$5,000Volunteer recruitment program and outreach
Artists Ink$5,000Relocation and remodeling expenses
National Center for Youth Law$5,000Youth peer advocate program to address homelessness in Monterey County
Salinas Downtown Community Board$8,274Facilitation of a community collaborative plan for Salinas’ Chinatown
CASA of Monterey County$10,000Juvenile Justice Pilot Project
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation$4,900Expanded training for the Bay Net Program of the Monterey Chapter
Osio Theater$4,820After-school Filmmaking Program
Monterey Museum of Art$5,000Education Outreach Van
Dia de los Muertos – An Illuminated Procession$5,000Dia de los Muertos – An Illuminated Procession
United Way Monterey County$10,000Leadership for Community Transformation
Marine Life Studies$5,000Derelict Crab Pot Retrieval Project
Friends of Cachagua Children’s Center$5,000Two-week summer day camp in Cachagua
Ecology Action of Santa Cruz$5,000Bike and pedestrian safety classes at ‘My Town’ exhibit
Community Human Services$4,500Opioid education and Narcan distribution events
Montage Health Foundation$5,000Prescribe Safe