Monterey Peninsula Foundation

OVERVIEW: This foundation awards grants in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. Interests include arts and culture, community and environment, education, health and human services, and youth.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, community and environment, education, health and human services, youth

IP TAKE: Local groups with a little creativity have a good chance of getting funded by MPF. Youth-focused nonprofits can also find sponsorship and fundraiser support here.  

PROFILE: The Monterey Peninsula Foundation (MPF) is perhaps best known for its golf charity events but this is also a California grantmaker with a regional focus. The Monterey-based MPF is focused on the central coast and lower Bay Area, awarding grants in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.

In a past year, MPF supported 170 local nonprofits in its three target counties, across five focus areas. At least $10.8 million was given out that year to support local nonprofits and schools. The golf events that help this group raise money for its grantmaking are the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am PGA Tour and the PURE Insurance Championship.

The five focus areas for this funder are arts and culture, community and environment, education, health and human services, and youth. Arts and culture grants foster creative environments; community and environment grants support collaborations and partnerships. Equity in access to quality education, starting with early childhood education, is important to this funder. Health and human services grants to towards wellness programs for the mind, body, and spirit; youth grants boost individual potential and build resiliency.

General operating support, program support, and capital support are all provided by this funder. MPF also funds K-12 public schools in the region, with individual schools able to request up to $30,000 and school districts up to $400,000 per year.

On average, the foundation receives about 225 grant applications each year and supports about 175. Most are between $1,000 and $500,000. Past awards and their amounts can be viewed here.

Organizations must generally be located in Monterey, Santa Cruz, or San Benito counties to apply for grants. But MPF is open to groups located elsewhere that serve this tri-county region.

Grant applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed quarterly. Submit your application by January 1 for review in March, by April 1 for review in June, by July 1 for review in September, or by October 1 for review in December. The entire application process is online and accessible via the funder’s website. Grants are typically made for a one-year period, however, multiyear support may be considered.

Board members and appointed community members serve on MPF’s grant committee to make funding decisions. Besides grants, the foundation also provides sponsorships to nonprofits and high schools, nonprofit training events, sober grad nights, and additional nonprofit giving at the golf tournaments.

General questions can be directed to the staff at 831-649-1533 or info@mpfca.org. The foundation is run by a staff of about 13 professionals—their email addresses are listed on the staff page.

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