Community Services Nonprofit Grant Program

The City of Half Moon Bay is pleased to provide the Community Services Financial Assistance (CSFA) grant program. It’s designed to provide funding to nonprofit organizations in Half Moon Bay in support of their local community services programs, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for collaboration toward meeting those needs.

The 2018 application period is closed, and recipients for all 2018 funds have been selected. It is anticipated that the next application period for this grant program will start in April 2019.

Program Overview

Local nonprofits are encouraged to apply for grants from the CSFA to support their local activities and programs serving the community. Local nonprofits can apply for grants that will typically range between $5,000 and $15,000. Grants are not intended to support an agency's fundraising efforts; they may only be used to fund specific programs which directly serve the community members of Half Moon Bay.

The 2019 Application Period is expected to begin in mid-April, 2019 - please check this page for updates. Following a City review of applications, qualified applicants will be invited to present their funding request to the City Council.

This was the schedule of the FY 2018/19 CSFA grant program process (that application period is closed; check back for updates for 2019):

February 19  
Applications available – start of application period
March 30
Application period closes – deadline for applications to be submitted is 5 pm
April 2 – 9
City reviews applications
April 10
City invites qualified applicants to present to the City Council
April 17  
Selected applicant presentations to City Council
April 24
City notifies applicants of grant awards
July 1
Grant funds distributed
January 18, 2019
Mid-year reports due from grant recipients
June 14, 2019
Year-end report due from grant recipients


  • Applicants must be formally incorporated nonprofit entities based in Half Moon Bay, or provide services throughout San Mateo County and can demonstrate that they are serving the Half Moon Bay community.  
  • Applicants should provide a service that is not a duplication of an existing public sector program; OR if the service is duplicated, applicants must demonstrate why it is a necessary duplication.
  • No more than 15% of the City’s grant funds can be used toward the applicant’s administrative costs.
  • The typical range for grants is $5,000 to $15,000. The City Council may elect to offer grants in excess of $15,000.
  • Priority will be given to applicants whose requests align with current City Council Priorities and Strategic Elements
  • Recipients of CSFA funding will first be required to enter into a contractual agreement with the City of Half Moon Bay which will detail specific objectives to be achieved with the use of the funds. 

Proposal Process

  • Applicants must complete and submit the required application online (link is below). No paper copies will be accepted.
  • Application period for fiscal year 2018/19 begins on February 19, 2018
  • Deadline to apply for funds for fiscal year 2018/19 is 5 pm, Friday, March 30, 2018.
  • City staff will review all applications for completeness; any applications which are incomplete or incorrect will not be considered.
  • The City Council of Half Moon Bay will make the final decisions on all grant funding.
  • Any questions regarding the Community Services Financial Assistance  grant program or the application process should be directed to Danielle Sanderson, Half Moon Bay Senior Management Analyst, at 650-726-8281 /
  • Applicants may apply for funding annually


  • Grantees are required to submit a mid-year and a year-end report to the City, both demonstrating how the money is being used and outcomes achieved through the funding, in accordance with the objectives in the funding agreement. Reporting forms will be provided.
  • The mid-year report must be submitted no later than January 31, 2019; the year-end report must be submitted no later than June 30, 2019.
  • Any annual applications must include a detailed report on how the grant funding was spent in the previous year.