Recent Grants

2016 Grants

Community Foundation Sonoma County is pleased to announce that the following proposals were funded for the 2016-2017 grant period.

Arts Education

California Poets in the Schools: to deliver high quality creative poetry writing workshops at underserved schools throughout Sonoma County and implement the Poetry Out Loud Program in Sonoma County.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival: to support the Student Jazz Combo Competition, a program in county high schools to provide instruction and mentoring to student musicians.

Imagine Bus Project: to engage and inspire incarcerated youth, and youth impacted by the juvenile justice system through arts education and community partnerships.

Knights of Indulgence Theatre United States:to support The Imaginists’ ION Project to engage and empower youth in grades 6-12 through innovative theater residencies in underserved districts.

Musuems of Sonoma County: to support the Art4Kids education program, a hands-on art classroom instruction and museum experience for 5th and 6th graders in four Title I schools in Santa Rosa.

Sixth Street Playhouse: to support an innovative project challenging students in selected middle and high schools in Sonoma County to create an original theatre piece.

Santa Rosa Symphony: to support Simply Strings, a five-year program providing free in-depth music training to underserved elementary students.

Sonoma Community Center: to create a series of arts education residencies in Sonoma’s middle schools that enables students to create hands-on shadow theater puppet shows on social issues.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art: to provide over 700 4th-5th graders the opportunity to participate in hands-on art instruction.


Basic Human Needs

American Cancer Society Inc.: to provide medically vulnerable Sonoma County cancer patients undergoing active treatment with free transportation to and from treatment appointments.

Buckelew Programs:to supplement and expand Buckelew Program’s rental assistance funding for individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness in Sonoma County.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: to support the Family Support Center.

Committee On The Shelterless: to support low-income disabled and chronically homeless adults and veterans living in permanent supportive housing.

Episcopal Senior Communities Foundation: to provide emergency funding to low-income seniors.

FISH of the Santa Rosa Area Inc.: to support FISH’s food pantry.

Food For Thought:  to provide food to people in Sonoma County who are suffering from a critical illness and are at risk for malnutrition.

Friends in Sonoma Helping: to temporarily aid financially-distressed residents of Sonoma Valley with rental and utility assistance, a food pantry, and transportation to medical appointments.

Healdsburg Shared Ministries: for general operating support.

InterFaith Shelter Network: to support the Off the Streets project.

Jewish Community Free Clinic of Sonoma County: to provide free medical services to low-income patients.

La Luz Center: to assist  low-income Sonoma Valley Latino individuals and families with shelter, food and basic needs in an event of an emergency.

LandPaths: to provide food security and health to residents in Roseland through Bayer Farm.

The Living Room Center, Inc. : for general operating support.

North Sonoma County Services: for general operating support.

On The Move: to support VOICES with funding for emergency food and transportation assistance.

Petaluma People Services Center: to support Meals On Wheels.

Petaluma People Services Center: to support the Bounty Hunters Gleaning Program.

Redwood Empire Food Bank: for general operating support.

River to Coast Children’s Services:  to provide emergency food, diapers, basic first aid and personal care items as needed, for west Sonoma County children living in low-income families.

Serve A Little: to provide free auto repair to low-income single moms.

Sonoma Overnight Support: to provide basic needs to the homeless living in Sonoma Valley.

Sonoma State University Seawolf Scholars Program: to provide emergency support for food, shelter, and health care for current and former foster youth enrolled at Sonoma State University.

Sonoma Valley Community Health Center: to provide transportation for the underserved residents in Sonoma Valley to ensure access to healthcare services.

Verity: to secure emergency shelter and other basic needs for victims of sexual violence and human trafficking.

Volunteer Center Of Sonoma County Inc. : to support 211 Sonoma County.

West County Community Services : to provide food and transportation services to low income people in the lower Russian River area.

Women’s Recovery Services A Unique Place:  to provide food, safe housing, and diapers to mothers enrolled at Women’s Recovery Services.

YWCA of Sonoma County: to provide food and essential program supplies for women and their children fleeing domestic violence.


Environmental Education

Audubon Canyon Ranch: to support the Juniper Program in Sonoma County.

LandPaths: to support the In Our Own Back Yards program.

Pepperwood Foundation: to support TeenNat, connecting youth to natural resource careers through participation in conservation research.

Pepperwood Foundation: to support the professional development of members of the Sonoma Environmental Education Collaborative.

Point Blue Conservation Science: to bring the expanded Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW) multi-visit program to an underserved Sonoma County school.

Sonoma Ecology Center: to support the K-6 Watershed Education Program and EnviroLeaders paid internship program for teens.

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods:  to support the Forest to the Sea programs for K-12 students in Sonoma County.


Health and Human Services

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: to support the basic needs of residents at The Palms.

City of Santa Rosa Housing and Community Services: to support Sam Jones Hall.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: to support the Family Resource Center.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: to support the operations of the DeMeo House.

COTS: to support COTS programs for homeless families.

Community Action Partnership: to support the Sloan House.

Women’s Recovery Services: to support Women’s Recovery Services programs for homeless women and their children.


Latino Leadership

Hispanics in Philanthropy: to support the HIPGiver Gala.

Los Cien Sonoma County: to support the 2016 State of the Latino Community in Sonoma County event.

Los Cien Sonoma County: to support Los Cien’s operations.

North Bay Organizing Project: to support the Latino Student Congress.

On the Move: to support the launch of an On The Verge cohort in Sonoma County.

Graton Day Labor Center: to support the ALMAS program.

Latino Service Providers: to support the Fandango Fundraiser


Foster Youth

Community Support Network: for general operating support

On The Move: for general operating support for VOICES Sonoma

Social Advocates for Youth: for general operating support

TLC Child & Family Services: for general operating support


Assistance Beyond the Grant

Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy: for staff support to apply for inclusion on the Upstream Investments portfolio.


Small Grants for the Arts

Sonoma County Economic Development Board Foundation: to support the “Discovered” project, recognizing exceptional individual artists in Sonoma County.

Sonoma County Economic Development Board Foundation: to engage in a county-wide assessment of arts education instruction in the public schools, K-12.




Ag Innovations & Sonoma County Food System Alliance: to support the 2016 Sonoma County Food Forum

Alliance Medical Center: to support the “Discovering the Hidden Treasures in our Communities-How Community Centers Impact Everyone’s Quality of Life” event in Healdsburg.

Art Escape: to support the Dia de los Muertos celebration at Art Escape

Community Action Partnership: to support “Rally for CAP” event as part of the Annual Day and Night Festival

Integrative Medical Clinic Foundation: to support the “What Matters to YOU” coalition.

John Muir Charter Schools: to provide Youth Connection Students the opportunity to purchase the supplies necessary to continue their studies with the Culinary Arts Certificate and Baking Certificate programs.

La Luz: to support the Dia de los Muertos celebration in Sonoma Valley

Latino Health Forum: to support the 24th annual Latino Health Forum

Northern California Center for Well Being: to support “Heroes for Health”, a run/walk event to celebrate the Center’s iDo26.2 program.

Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County: to support the 12th annual Winterblast held in the South of A District of Santa Rosa

Petaluma Ecumenical Properties: to support the participation of Mary Stompe, Executive Director of PEP Housing, at the Annual World Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology.

Petaluma Sunrise Rotary Foundation Inc.: to support the 2016 North Bay Science Discovery Day.

Raizes Collective: to support the Guelaguetza festival at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

Russian River Rotary Foundation: to support “Rocking the River”, a series of concert that engages the Guerneville community.

Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation: to support the traveling exhibit ” Patient No More.”

Sebastopol Community Center: to provide tickets and transportation for youth to participate in cultural events

Sonoma County Office of Education: to support ” Equity at the Core” conference.

Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation: to support the Roseland Cup in Southwest Santa Rosa.

Sonoma State University: to support Free Jazz for Young People at the Green Music Center.

Social Advocates for Youth: to support the “Girls Empowerment Movement”  conference


For more information about our grant programs, see Apply for Grants or contact Karin Demarest at 707.303.9621.