Apply for Grants

Last Updated: 3/19/19

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 move into the second year of grantmaking for the Resilience Fund, we will continue to make grants in the areas of Helping, Healing, and Housing.

We invite you to listen to our Director of Communications, Caitlin Childs, and Pat Kerrigan discuss the Resilience Fund on KSRO. For more information on the Resilience Fund, please visit our FAQ page.

Our Spring Grants Programs are now open:

The Julia L. Grant for Basic Human Needs Grant Program provides a unique funding opportunity for non-profit organizations already working with vulnerable populations and in need of funding to provide immediate and direct assistance to secure shelter, emergency food, transportation, and support for urgent medical and dental expenses to people in acute need. This year, the Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs will return to an open, competitive grant program seeking to fund safety net services in Sonoma County.

The 2019 Arts Education Innovation Grants Program opened as a competitive grant program in March in partnership with Creative Sonoma. We believe that everyone deserves a full, vibrant, creative life and that access to a high-quality arts education for young people builds the foundation necessary to foster such a life. Unfortunately, access to arts education is not always equitable. We seek to address these disparities and expand access to typically underserved students with a grants program open to arts and cultural organizations that share our commitment to equity.

To learn more about the individual programs and their respective criteria, please visit the links below.

Your Programs team: Karin, Ariana, and Annette

Competitive Grants for 2019
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 for increasing equitable access to a high quality arts education for underserved youth in Sonoma County. The 2019 Arts Education Innovation Grants program will open as a competitive grant program March 1 in partnership with Creative Sonoma. 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 $15,000 for food, shelter, medical expenses, and transportation for low-income persons in crisis. The 2019 Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs will open as a competitive grant program March 11. To learn about the criteria for this program, click here.
Community Foundation Environment
Environmental Education Grants of up to $10,000 for increasing access to high quality environmental education for underserved audiences in Sonoma County. The 2019 Environmental Education grants program will be invitation-only. 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.