Apply for Grants

Welcome!

We want to begin 2017 by expressing our deep appreciation for the critical work you do every day to improve our community and ensure it’s a place where everyone can thrive. Each day we meet with leaders and front-line workers who are tackling complex challenges with dedication, passion, and grace, and it is truly inspiring. Thank you.

We want you to know we stand with you in your fight to ensure that each person in our community is treated with respect and dignity, has a warm, dry, and safe place to call home, enough food to eat, opportunities to pursue their goals and dreams, clean air to breathe and open spaces to explore, and a vibrant cultural life to enjoy.

Through our grants programs, work beyond grantmaking, and partnerships with our donors, we at the Community Foundation continue to stay committed to equity and leading community change. We stand beside you in striving to create a community where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

-Your Programs team: Karin, Elly, and Annette

Want to receive current information about grant opportunities and work beyond our grants?  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter, Greater Good.

 

Competitive Grants for 2017
Grant Program Summary of Priorities Due Date
Community Foundation Sponsorships
Sponsorships Sponsorships of up to $500 for community events. Fundraisers are not eligible for this funding. Sponsorship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To learn about the criteria and apply, click here.
Community Foundation Arts and Culture
Arts Education Innovation Grants Grants of up to $7,500 for increasing equitable access to a high quality arts education for underserved youth in Sonoma County. The Arts Education Innovation Grants program is now open and accepting applications through March 24th. To learn about and apply to this grant program, click here. 
Community Foundation Health and Human Services
Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs Grants of up to $10,000 for food, shelter, medical expenses, and transportation for low-income persons in crisis. In 2017, current grantees of this program are invited to apply for funding. The Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs program is now open and accepting applications through March 24th. To learn about and apply to this grant program, click here. 
Community Foundation Environment
Environmental Education Grants of up to $7,500 for increasing access to high quality environmental education for underserved audiences in Sonoma County. The Environmental Education program is now open and accepting applications through March 24th. To learn about and apply to this grant program, click here. 
Community Foundation Education
iREAD Grants of up to $10,000 to promote parents and family members reading to children. The iREAD grant program is closed. To learn about the criteria for this program, Click Here.
Post-Secondary Scholarships Scholarship applications are administered by our partner, 10,000 Degrees Sonoma County. Please visit the 10,000 Degrees website for further details.
Community Foundation Affiliates
Healdsburg Forever Grants Up to $10,000 for general support to cover core operating expenses or program costs. The 2017 Healdsburg Forever grants program will open in August 2017. To learn about the criteria for this program, click here.

Sonoma Valley Fund  Up to $5,000 for capacity-building support and the opportunity to work with a consultant to develop a capacity-building plan for your organization. The Sonoma Valley Fund grants program is closed. To learn more about this program, click here.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Community Grants Grants of up to $10,000 for projects or programs in the areas of Education, Health and Human Services, Arts & Culture, and the Environment. The Community Grants program is closed. To learn about the criteria for this program, click here.

Our Grantmaking

Our grantmaking and program initiatives may occur in a variety of ways:

  • Competitive Grants – A federally-designated, charitable organization whose mission/services align with Community Foundation priorities submits a funding application to one of our grant programs support (see above). The application is evaluated by our Programs staff and Community Investment Committee, whose recommendations are approved by our board.
  • Initiative Grants – The Community Foundation provides leadership in more effectively resolving community issues through convening and partnering with organizations, field experts, community groups and civic leaders. Participation in initiatives usually occurs through an invitation from the Community Foundation.

For questions about grants, please contact Karin Demarest at 707.303.9621.