MCARLM is happy to announce that they have recently been awarded two grants. The first grant that MCARLM received was a matching grant for $5,000 to help fund the Tour Guide and Docent Program which enables the museum to provide tours to visitors on weekends as well as school tours to over 1,400 3rd and 4th graders annually. The Harden Foundation was established in 1963 by Ercia and Gene Harden. Their hard work and good fortune in agriculture in the Salinas Valley produced the legacy that has, through their foresight and generosity, become today’s Harden Foundation. The Harden Foundation is committed to build and expand upon the visions of Mr. and Mrs. Harden.
MCARLM also is excited to receive an opportunity grant from the Community Foundation of Monterey County to rebuild our currently non-functional web site. Having a functioning web site is vital to promoting the museum, its programs as well as engaging the community and outside areas. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) is one of the oldest, largest grant making foundations on California’s Central Coast. Together with their philanthropic partners, they have awarded $9 million in grants to nearly 400 local nonprofit organizations in 2012 in the areas of community and social services, arts and culture, health, education, the environment, animal welfare, historic preservation and more. MCARLM’s web URL is http://www.mcarlm.org. Keep an eye out for the wonderful changes that are coming thanks to the CFMC.
As a non-profit, MCARLM relies on donations, memberships, fundraisers and grants to operate and provide programs such as the Junior Historian Program, upcoming Common Grounds Educational Garden, School Tour program as well as protecting the heritage of the Agriculture and Rural Life in the Salinas Valley. The support of both the Harden Foundation and the Community Foundation of Monterey County is so greatly appreciated for without them, we couldn’t continue as a jewel of Monterey County.