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.

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 $25,000. 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 now open. Please click here to apply.

FY 2019/20 CSFA grant program schedule

April 15  
Applications available – start of application period
May 31
Application period closes – deadline for applications to be submitted is 5 pm
June 3-7City staff reviews applications
June 10-28City Council CSFA Subcommittee reviews applications and forms recommendation to the City Council
July 2City Council will review CSFA Subcommittee recommendation and make final deliberations on funding amounts
July 8City notifies applicants of grant awards
July-August 2019Grant funds distributed
January 17, 2020
Mid-year reports due from grant recipients
June 12, 2020
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 $25,000. The City Council may elect to offer grants in excess of $25,000.
  • 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).
  • The application period for fiscal year 2019/20 begins on April 15, 2019
  • Deadline to apply for funds for fiscal year 2019/20 is 5 pm, Friday, May 31, 2019.
  • City staff will review all applications for completeness; any applications which are incomplete or incorrect will not be considered.
  • The City Council CSFA Subcommittee will review the content of all applications and make a recommendation to the full City Council.
  • The City Council of Half Moon Bay will take the CSFA Subcommittee's recommendation into consideration and make the final decisions on all grant funding.
  • Any questions regarding the Community Services Financial Assistance grant program or the application process should contact Victor Gaitan, Management Analyst, at 650-750-2010 /
  • 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 17, 2020; the year-end report must be submitted no later than June 12, 2020.
  • Any annual applications must include a detailed report on how the grant funding was spent in the previous year.