Sonoma Valley Fund Grants

Sonoma Valley Fund Grants

2015-18 Capacity Building Grants Program Guidelines


This grant program is currently in its third and final year.  Please check back at the end of 2018 for information about our future work supporting capacity building.

The Issue

While Sonoma Valley is famous for serene vistas, rolling vineyards and lush farmlands, there are also serious disparities in basic health, education and income levels.  These disparities were made evident in the 2014 report, A Portrait of Sonoma County, which used the Human Development Index for measuring well-being within our county.  The most extreme disparities were found within small geographical areas, including the Springs in Sonoma Valley.

We are fortunate to have many dedicated community-based organizations addressing these disparities both individually and within a collective impact framework.  These organizations often receive program-specific funding, but are rarely provided resources to invest in their own infrastructure or talent.

Capacity-building support can fill this gap in funding and help organizations become more resilient and effective in carrying out their mission. Capacity-building is defined as funding and technical assistance to help nonprofits deliver stronger programs, take risks, build connections, innovate and iterate.



Please direct questions about the grant program to Karin Demarest, Vice President for Programs,