Apply for Grants

Last Updated: 6/26/19

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.

We have just completed our three 2019 Spring Grants Programs: Arts Education, Julia L. Grant Basic Human Needs Fund, and Environmental Education. Through these three grant programs, we are proud to partner with 52 nonprofit organizations in our county and consider ourselves fortunate to work alongside them to make our community stronger.

To learn more about the 2019 Spring Grants Program grantees, please visit our Recent Grants page.

Our Fall Grants Programs focus on the areas of foster youth, homelessness, and Latino Leadership. All of these programs are initiatives done through invitation only; we are currently in the process of developing our grant programs for these areas.

Our Healdsburg Forever affiliate runs an annual competitive grants program opens August 9. We will offer a Grants Workshop for potential applicants on August 15. If your organization provides services in Healdsburg or Geyserville and fits one of the four funding priorities (Health & Human Services, Youth Development & Education, Environmental Education, Arts Education), we encourage you to visit the 2019 Healdsburg Forever Grant Program page for more information.

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 2018-19 Sonoma County Vintners Foundation Community Grants program has closed. To view the grant overview and criteria from last year, 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 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 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 is closed. To see a list of recent grants, 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 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 2019 Healdsburg Forever grants program is open. 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.