Community Leadership Project of the Central Coast Awards Grants Totaling $1.1 Million to Fourteen Nonprofits

The Community Leadership Project of the Central Coast, a collaboration of three local community foundations, has announced $1.1 million in grants to fourteen nonprofits serving low-income populations and people of color in California's Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties.

In addition to funding of $80,000 over three years, each organization will receive training and mentoring services aimed at building their leadership and financial management capacity. The fourteen organizations include six in Monterey County (Alisal Center for Fine Arts; Big Sur Health Center; Community of Caring Monterey Peninsula; Loaves, Fishes & Computers; Sol Treasures; and the Village Project), three in San Benito County (CASA, the Community Food Bank, and the Homeless Coalition), and five in Santa Cruz County (COPA, the Conflict Resolution Center, Pajaro Valley Arts Council, the Watsonville Law Center, and the YWCA of Santa Cruz).

Comprising the three community foundations serving Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties, CLPCC is part of the larger Community Leadership Project, a joint initiative established by the Packard, Irvine, and Hewlett foundations that works to strengthen small nonprofit organizations serving low-income populations and communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Central Coast region.

"The capacity building support is a key element to help expand the effectiveness of these organizations in serving their communities," said Julie Drezner, vice president of grants and programs for the Community Foundation for Monterey County. "The collaboration among the groups and across counties will help all of us work in a more networked and powerful way."

"Three Central Coast Community Foundations Join Forces to Help Small Nonprofits July 10, 2013." Community Foundation Santa Cruz County Press Release 07/10/2013.