SOUTH COUNTY — The Neighborhood Grants Program of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) has hit a $1 million grant-making milestone.

The Neighborhood Grants Program supports local residents who come together to improve their communities for themselves and their neighbors. This year, 15 grassroots groups — including several from the South County area — were selected to receive financial support and additional assistance to organize ongoing activities in their respective communities.

The total amount awarded was $50,000, with grants ranging from $1,500 to $4,000. Since the program’s inception in 1997, $1,025,000 has been awarded to volunteer-led groups.

“The Community Foundation for Monterey County has a long history of commitment to supporting resident-led groups that are invested in improving their communities,” said Laurel Lee-Alexander, CFMC vice president of grants and programs. “We’ve provided grants, training and guidance to dozens of groups to help them make a positive impact.”

In South County, the Neighborhood Grants Program Grant recipients for 2018 are:

• Ballet Folklorico Tapatio (King City), $3,000 for Ballet Folklorico Tapatio;

• Gonzales Youth Guardians (Gonzales), $1,500 for college field trips for Gonzales youth;

• Padres de Niños Especiales del Sur del Condado (Soledad), $4,000 for monthly gathering meeting expenses;

• Renacer En Alegria (King City), $4,000 for music therapy for senior citizens; and

• Tu Puedes King City (King City), $4,000 for community dance classes and health workshops.

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) has granted more than $267 million to nonprofits working towards healthy, safe and vibrant communities. In 2017 alone the CFMC awarded $16.7 million in grants to more than 641 nonprofit organizations.

For more information, visit or call 831-375-9712.

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