Apply for Grants

Last Updated: 1/14/19

Welcome to our Apply for Grants page, where you can learn about upcoming funding opportunities.

At Community Foundation Sonoma County, we are committed to equity, both in our regular grantmaking, and in disaster recovery. As we reflect on our first year of Resilience Fund grantmaking, we are grateful to our donors for investing in our community’s ability to recover and heal. This year, we made grants to organizations supporting the Helping and Healing components of our three-part framework, including organizations and projects such as:

  • Legal Aid of Sonoma County
  • United Policyholders
  • Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative
  • Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa
  • Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
  • R.O.C. Sonoma County

It is anticipated several large grants will be made through the Resilience Fund on an annual basis over the next five years as our community continues the journey to rebuild.

For more information on the Resilience Fund, please visit our FAQ page.

In addition to the Resilience Fund, we are proud to have continued our grantmaking with organizations that are impacting our community in the areas of arts and culture, environment, health and human services, and education. To view our 2018 grantees, please visit our Recent Grants page.

Your Programs team: Karin, Ariana, and Annette

Competitive Grants for 2018
Grant Program Summary of Priorities Overview
Sonoma County Vintners Foundation
Community Grants Grants of up to $25,000 for projects or programs in the areas of Education, Health and Human Services, Arts & Culture, and the Environment. The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation Community Grants program for 2019 has closed. To view the grant overview and criteria, 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 2018 Arts Education Innovation Grants program is closed. To see a list of recent grants, click here.
Community Foundation Health and Human Services
Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs Grants by invitation of up to $10,000 for food, shelter, medical expenses, and transportation for low-income persons in crisis. The 2018 Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs program is closed. To see a list of recent grants, 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 2018 Environmental Education grants program is closed. To see a list of recent grants, click here.
Community Foundation Education
iREAD Grants of $10,000 to promote parents and family members reading to children. The 2018 iREAD grant program is closed. To see a list of recent grants, click here.
Community Foundation Scholarships
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 2018 Healdsburg Forever grants program is closed. 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.

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 (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.