In order to provide Veterans and their families with a final resting place that acknowledges and honors their achievements and sacrifices on behalf of our nation, the vision of the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation is to honor our nation’s Veterans and the military tradition and history of the California Central Coast through the establishment and completion of a 78-acre Veterans Cemetery at the former Fort Ord, as envisioned in the Cemetery Master Plans of 2008 and 2015.
Generous local support allowed CCVCF to contribute $200,000 toward a required Operations and Maintenance Endowment Fund. This contribution was needed to secure a Federal Grant Application for the initial construction of the Cemetery. Terms of the Federal cemetery grant require local-match funding for a portion of construction costs. The total cost of this first segment was $9,414,000. This total includes $6,327,200 for construction costs with the remaining balance encompassing architecture, planning, administration, and other fees and contingencies.
Diligent effort on the part of Congressman Sam Farr, secured $6,797,000 in grant funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This left $2,617,000 in local match funding for Phase I. Persistent support from State Senator Bill Monning and California Assemblymember Mark Stone secured an additional $1 Million in grant funds through Senate Bill 232. Spurred by their efforts, Speaker Emeritus of the California Assembly, John Perez, provided an additional $1 Million matching funds grant, raising the California contribution to $2 Million in total. Due to the concerted fundraising efforts of Jason Burnett, former Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Monterey County Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Panetta, a Capital Fundraising Campaign was created with the generous support of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. These efforts secured additional grants and temporary loans totaling $617,000. With total Phase I funding in place, planning and construction is underway. The initial segment of the Cemetery is expected to open in the Fall of 2016.
Our mission is far from complete. The initial segment does not include in-ground burial options, a Chapel, or other ancillary facilities. Local-match funding requirements, including the complete Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the next segment are estimated to exceed $3.5 Million. Additionally, approximately $1.3 Million remains to be raised for a required Operations and Maintenance Endowment. CCVCF welcomes and appreciates any and all support toward achieving these funding goals. Your generous support will ensure the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery becomes a reality.
All contributions are gratefully accepted. In special recognition for extraordinary contributions, Wall of Honor memorial tiles, engraved with the name of the donor and/or a cherished loved one, are available for donations meeting or exceeding the following levels.
Individual donations from $1.00 to $1 million, or more, are most appreciated. Please contact us for further information, including opportunities for planned giving, bequests, and opportunities for Corporate Donors and Benefactors.
CCVCF is a 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the State of California as the Central Coast State Veterans Cemetery Nonprofit Corporation and doing business as the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation.