Organizational Development

Organizational Development

Organizational Development (OD) Grants support one-time activities that strengthen an organization’s ability to function effectively and efficiently.

Reviewed by our Center for Nonprofit Excellence staff, OD grants focus on the inner workings of an organization, rather than its programs and services. This support is integral to our commitment to building the capacity of nonprofits to advance their missions.

Elsa-QuezadaIt’s great to have a local foundation that funds infrastructure issues. These projects strengthen the organization, with improvements in areas such as service delivery, governance, marketing, and fund development. – Elsa Quezada, Executive Director, CCCIL Central Coast Center for Independent Living

At a Glance

Grant Amount$500 – $5,000
Application DeadlinesYear-round
Scope and Characteristics
  • Projects address the internal workings and effectiveness of a nonprofit organization rather than programs
  • One-time activities that will make a significant difference in the way the organization works
  • Assumes organization will budget for similar activities in the future
  • Organizations can demonstrate a solid plan and readiness to make these changes
Application and Reporting
  • After reading guidelines, contact a Center for Nonprofit Excellence staff person before applying
  • Online application
  • Reporting also online (unless reporting on a 2014 grant)
DecisionUsually within 2 months of receiving a complete application


  • 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 Organizational Development grant, as long as it is not for the same project as that of the collaborative.
  • Organizations may receive a Community Impact grant, Opportunity grant, and an Organizational Development 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.

All organizations applying for a grant must be current on reporting obligations for past CFMC grants.

Guidelines and Application

Before submitting your application for a grant:

  1. Review the Organizational Development Grant Guidelines
  2. Have a conversation with CNE staff (required)
  3. Review the list below of recent grants

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

  • Organizational Development grants range between $1,000 and $5,000
  • Review usually takes two months. Grants cannot pay for previously completed activities so please plan accordingly

Please review the application questions, then review how to apply for a grant. Search this Nonprofit Consultant Directory for support in finding a consultant for your project.


A final report is due 3-12 months after 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

Health Projects Center$5,000Data system upgrades to support the CareJourney client management tool
Alliance on Aging$4,388Training to support staff succession
Monterey State Historic Park Association$5,000Capital campaign feasibility study
Center for Photographic Art$5,000Executive transition
Veterans Transition Center$4,500Facilitated strategic planning with first offsite board retreat
Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust$5,000Fund development coaching
YWCA Monterey County$4,788Purchase of integrated accounting software
Osio Theater$5,000Strategic planning and board development
Sol Treasures$1,000Board governance training
Point Lobos Foundation$4,000Facilitated board retreat to support transition to staff-driven organization
Big Sur Land Trust$5,000Cultural proficiency and Spanish language training
Central Coast Center for Independent Living$5,000Executive transition
Dentistry 4 Vets$4,800Facilitated strategic plan retreat
Farm Discovery at Live Earth$2,500Board retreat and manual
Marine Life Studies$5,000Organizational assessment and fund development plan
Harmony At Home$5,000Management team coaching support
Monterey Jazz Festival$5,000Communications strategy development
Papillon Center for Loss and Transition$5,000Develop a fund development plan