Community Leadership Project (CLP) of the Central Coast is a special grants program offered through the region’s three community foundations: Community Foundation for Monterey County (, Community Foundation for San Benito County ( and the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County ( .

The Community Leadership Project was created in 2009 through a funding partnership between The David and Lucile Packard, James Irvine and William and Flora Hewlett foundations to strengthen small nonprofit organizations serving low-income people and communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and the Central Coast. The Central Coast-based community foundations have been funded by the CLP to provide general operating support and expert consulting assistance to help small organizations in the tri-county region become more financially stable, develop their leadership abilities, and better serve the community.

The CLP of the Central Coast will select 13 small, community-based nonprofit organizations based in Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz counties to participate in this multi-year capacity building program. Selected organizations will receive a general operating grant of $20,000/year for three years plus $20,000 in technical assistance funds for total of $80,000 from July 2013 through June 2016. Grantees will also receive a range of other training, peer learning opportunities and mentor/coach support to help them develop and achieve their organizational development goals and become more financially sustainable.

Central Coast Community Leadership Project Grants

The community foundations are seeking to support small nonprofits who are looking to increase the long-term sustainability of the organization, whose staff and board can commit the required time and resources to a three-year project, have the desire and willingness to engage in organizational change and the opportunity for organizational transformation. The desired outcome is that each participant will grow in the three characteristics of a sustainable organization: resilient leadership, adaptive capacity and financial sustainability.

Proposals are due in electronic form before 5 PM on Monday, April 1, 2013 to the community foundation in the county where the organization is based. Contact for application information and to reserve a space for an optional informational conference call on either March 14th or 21st.

Applicants with questions can contact the community foundation in the county where they are based: Community Foundation for Monterey County, Julie Drezner, VP Grants & Programs, or 831.375.9712 x112; Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Christina Cuevas, program director, or 831.662.2070, and Community Foundation for San Benito, Gary Byrne, CEO, or phone 831-630-1924 x11.

This request for proposals is for the second phase of the CLP. Organizations funded in the first CLP phase (now completed) may apply for this second phase of the initiative if they meet the eligibility criteria. For more information about the CLP visit: