The Harden Foundation has announced a grant via which it seeks to support 501(C)3 organizations with a demonstrated ability to provide meaningful and measurable ongoing benefits to the people of Monterey County, California, and especially the Salinas Valley.
The Foundation seeks to support nonprofit organizations that will achieve all or some of the following objectives:
- Improve the well-being of young people.
- Strengthen the family.
- Develop individual self-reliance and health.
- Prevent inappropriate institutionalization of individuals.
- Improve the quality of life through cultural activities.
- Encourage more humane treatment of animals.
- Eliminate duplication and improve coordination of social and community services.
The Foundation will consider grants in the following areas:
- Youth & Families,
- Senior Citizens,
- Animal Welfare and Environment,
- Arts & Culture.
Types of Grants
- The Foundation provides both general support and project support to a broad range of nonprofits working in the Foundation’s focus areas. The Foundation will consider proposals for one-time capital grants, special projects, and operating support.
- Requests for ongoing operating support are discouraged. In general, operating grants for start-up programs will be made for a maximum of two (2) years.
- Thereafter, operating grants will be made at the Board’s discretion and, if granted, will be on a matching basis. Operating grants will not be made in amounts exceeding one-third of the operating budget of the organization except for start-up funds. Typically, grants range from $5,000 to $100,000, and higher for major or capital projects.
- The Foundation will consider one grant request per organization in a calendar year. Multi-year grants will be considered only in exceptional cases. Grant requests should not exceed $100,000.
Exceptions: The Foundation does NOT fund:
- Organizations that do not have a current 501©3 status.
- Organizations that support sectarian religious programs.
- Creation or addition to endowments.
- Annual events, conferences, or fundraising events.
- Academic or medical research or scholarships to individuals.
- Foundations or associations established for the benefit of an organization that receives substantial tax support.
- Political parties, candidates, or partisan political organizations or activities.
- Organizations whose activities are located outside of Monterey County.
- The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals from public or private institutions of primary, secondary, or higher education. However, grant proposals from public institutions will be considered for special projects, which are agriculture-related.
- 501(C)3 organizations that provide services or programs in Monterey County, California are eligible to submit grant proposals to the Foundation.
- The Harden Foundation does not make grants to organizations headquartered outside of Monterey County unless they demonstrate service to the area.
For more information, visit http://www.hardenfoundation.org/download-common-forms.html