Social and Community Service Grants

The City of Watsonville is currently accepting applications for Social and Community Service Grants through April 10, 2019.

The Social and Community Service Grants program provides an opportunity for qualified non-profit organizations that deliver services to Watsonville residents to receive funding from the city.

During this cycle, there will be two funding sources available. Agencies applying for funding will be able to apply under both funding sources as long as their program meets the eligibility criteria established for each funding: 

General Tax Fund – This funding has traditionally been available to fund a variety of agencies offering services to the Watsonville community. Programs serving children, youth, adults and seniors are all eligible under this funding source. The minimum request amount that agencies can apply for under this funding is $2,500 per year.

Measure M Tax - During the November 2016 election, Watsonville voters approved the Cannabis Business Tax Measure. The Cannabis Business Tax Measure would impose a tax on cannabis businesses in the City of Watsonville. As approved by the voters, 12% of the revenue generated by this measure shall be used to fund non-profit Social and Community Service programs. This new funding source is available to fund programs and services with an emphasis on providing prevention, intervention and pro-social/developmental activities for youth in the Watsonville Community.    

Review Process:


The Mayor will appoint a three member Council Ad Hoc Committee to review the Social and Community Service grant applications and bring funding recommendations to the City Council.

For fiscal year 2019-2021, the City will:

  • Fund grants at a minimum of $2,500 per program
  • Fund on a two-year cycle 
  • Fund programs that make a measurable difference and have a lasting positive impact for Watsonville residents
All applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Applicant Workshop:
Thursday, March 21st at 1:30 pm
Civic Plaza Community Room
275 Main Street, 4th floor. 

Staff will be available to answer any questions or concerns regarding the application process. 

Social and Community Services Grant Application