The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation’s Sonoma County Wine Auction brings together caring vintners, growers and donors to support all communities across Sonoma County. We seek to impact our community in two key ways:
Since the fires we know that many new and pressing needs have arisen for our nonprofit partners to meet the increased demand for your services. At the same time, we know that your ongoing, pre-fire programs remain just as pressing post-fire, and we understand the concern that philanthropic dollars may be diverted to address fire needs. Therefore, our strategy this year is to continue our focus on ongoing support for your core programs in your area of greatest need.
Thursday, March 1st (3:30-5:00) Grant workshop at Finley Community Center (optional)
Tuesday, March 6th (3:30-5:00): Grant workshop at Finley Community Center (optional)
Monday, March 5th: Application opens online.
PLEASE NOTE: To support a smooth application submission process, we have staggered the grant deadlines according to program areas.
Thursday, April 12th: Health and Human Services / Arts and Culture Grant Applications are due by 4:00 PM.
Friday, April 13th: Education / Environment Grant Applications are due by 4:00 PM.
Week of May 21st: Applicants notified
Program Areas & Funding Priorities
The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation is pleased to continue our commitment to four program areas: Health and Human Services, Education, Environment, and Arts and Culture. Please see the table below for the funding priorities for each program area. We also encourage applicants to review the FAQ’s for Community Grants where we will provide further details about the funding priorities and criteria. A few key points to keep in mind as you consider applying:
Health and Human Services – Supporting the most fundamental needs around behavioral health, housing, homelessness, and hunger, funding will target organizations whose mission specifically addresses one of these four areas.
Education – Aligning with Cradle to Career Goal Area 3: “Every young adult is prepared for and completes the highest level of postsecondary education or training to achieve their career goals,” Community Grants funding for education will focus on programs or projects that provide opportunities for workplace, career and postsecondary learning for youth.
Arts & Culture – Knowing that access to arts education can foster a love of learning, improve personal dignity and enhance creativity, funding for the arts will focus on educational experiences for both youth and adults.
Environment – Recognizing the unique beauty and vulnerability of our natural resources, funding will target programs or projects that conserve and/or restore environmentally significant land, waterways and wildlife habitats.
Our Community Grants program is a broadly accessible, responsive grants program meant to address the most pressing needs across all our communities. When evaluating proposals we use the following criteria to assess the competitiveness of a project or program:
Sonoma County 501c3 nonprofit organizations may apply for a Community Grant for either program or project support. We do not accept proposals for:
Sonoma County Vintners Foundation uses Community Foundation Sonoma County’s online process for submitting grant applications. If this is your first application using the online portal, you will be asked to set up an account, provide your IRS Tax ID (or Fiscal Sponsor Tax ID) and take a short eligibility quiz.
If you have an established account, you will be asked for your password to either access existing application drafts or to open a new application.
Once you’ve opened an online account, you will be asked a series of questions that include your contact information, funding request amount, project start and end date. You will also be asked to answer a series of narrative questions. Applicants will also be asked to upload the following documents:
* Templates are provided and are required for these documents
A few words of caution:
For questions or problems with the online application, please contact Annette Williams, Program Coordinator, 707-303-9639 or email@example.com
For questions about Education or Arts & Culture, please contact Karin Demarest, Vice President for Programs, 707.303.9621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about Health & Human Services or the Environment, please contact Elly Grogan, Program Officer, 707.303.9638, email@example.com.