Apply for Grants

Welcome!

We are excited to share two upcoming grants programs.

The Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle is ready to offer its third year of grants to local nonprofits who are working with the LGBTQI community.  The mission of the Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle is to strengthen Sonoma County through collective funding that nurtures and develops programs to benefit the LGBTQI community.  To access the application and learn more, visit LGBTQI Giving Circle Sonoma County.

Also, on August 11 the 2017 Healdsburg Forever grants program will open. To learn about the criteria for this program, click here.

-Your Programs team: Karin, Elly, and Annette

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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 closed. To learn about the criteria for this 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 closed. To learn about the criteria for this 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 closed. To learn about the criteria for this 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 $13,000 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.