Apply for Grants

Last Updated: 4/23/18

Welcome to our Apply for Grants page, where you can learn about upcoming funding opportunities through Community Foundation Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation.

We have recently completed our spring grants cycle, which includes the Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs, Environmental Education, and Arts Education Innovation Grants programs. Our next funding opportunities will open in late summer.

Over the last six months we have been actively developing our grantmaking strategy for the Resilience Fund, a mid-to long-term recovery fund dedicated to supporting those impacted by the fires in October 2017. To inform our strategy, we engaged in a comprehensive research process, including meetings with hundreds of local nonprofit leaders, a survey to over 500 nonprofit organizations across Sonoma and Napa counties, and interviews with local community leaders as well as foundations in New Orleans, Houston, San Diego, and other areas impacted by disasters. We are pleased to now share with you the results of that research, which can be found on our Resilience Fund Progress page.

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-Your Programs team: Karin, Elly, and Annette

 

Competitive Grants for 2018
Grant Program Summary of Priorities Overview
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 learn more about the past criteria for this program, 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 learn about the past 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 2018 Environmental Education grants program is closed. To see the past criteria for this program, 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; the application period typically opens in the fall. To learn about the criteria for this program, 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 will open on August 10. 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 County Vintners Foundation
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 Sonoma County Vintners Foundation Community Grants program is closed for 2018.  To learn about the past 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 (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.