Recent Grants

2017 Grants

Community Foundation Sonoma County is pleased to announce that the following proposals were funded through our competitive grants programs for the 2017 grant period.

Animal Welfare

Compassion Without Borders:  to support the wellness and spay/neuter clinics targeted to low-income residents in the Roseland Community.

Sonoma Humane Society:  to support Sonoma Humane Society’s low-income spay neuter clinic.

Arts Education

Alexander Valley Film Society: to launch the AVFS Lab Filmmaking Track.

Art Escape: to launch “Art & Ancestry through Day of the Dead.”

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County: to expand the “Uke’an Be Happy Program.”

Knights of Indulgence Theatre United States: to support Imaginists’ ION Project.

Museums of Sonoma County: to support Art4Kids.

Raizes Collective: to design a documentation and outcome methodology for the Write the Power: Creative Writing in Open Spaces program.

Santa Rosa Players dba Sixth Street Playhouse: to support The Playhouse’s efforts to expand arts programming to underserved populations.

Santa Rosa Symphony: to support the Simply Strings Program.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art: to support the Art Rewards the Student program.

Basic Human Needs

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

Committee On The Shelterless:  to support COTS’ food programs.

Community Support Network:  to support Seeking Safety, Q.P.R. and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction trainings for service providers working with people experiencing homelessness.

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.

Friends In Sonoma Helping: to partially support an increase in Rental Assistance to needy Sonoma Valley residents.

InterFaith Shelter Network:  to provide emergency financial assistance for homeless or precariously housed individuals.

Healdsburg Shared Ministries: to purchase food for needy families in the Healdsburg/Geyserville area.

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 the event of an emergency.

Lilliput Children’s Services:  to provide emergency funding for kinship families taking emergency placement of relative youth.

The Living Room Center, Inc.:  to provide operating support for The Living Room’s day services.

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

Petaluma Ecumenical Properties:  to provide emergency funding for the Resident Assistance Fund.

Petaluma People Services Center:  to support Meals on Wheels.

Reach for Home: to provide shelter, transportation to medical services and other basic needs services to homeless clients.

Redwood Empire Food Bank:  to support the Produce Pantry.

River to Coast Children’s Services:  to provide emergency food, diapers, and hygiene items to West County children.

SRM Alliance Hospital Services: to support the Hospice Dignity Fund, assisting families with limited means to address end-of-life costs

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

Sonoma Overnight Support:  to support day services for the hungry and homeless in Sonoma Valley.

Sonoma State University Seawolf Scholars Program: to provide emergency funding to 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-Compassion Safety Support A California Corporation: to provide emergency housing and transportation for sexual victims and their families.

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

YWCA of Sonoma County:  to provide food, shelter, and clothing and other essential supplies for women and their children feeling domestic violence.


Environmental Education

Center for Climate Protection: to support ECO2School’s World Changers Career Pathways program.

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

North Bay Organizing Project: to support the Latino Student Congress outings and outdoor retreats.

Occidental Arts And Ecology Center: to support Community Soil Foundation’s garden-based environmental education at the Larkfield Community Garden and Learning Center.

Pepperwood Foundation: to support the Sonoma Environmental Education Collaborative (SEEC) Professional Development project.

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

Point Reyes National Seashore Association: to support a multi-day environmental education program in partnership with LandPaths.

Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation:  to pilot “Science, Science, Everywhere,” custom “bundles” of three environmental education experiences for 10 schools.

Sonoma Ecology Center:  to support the K-12 Watershed Education Program.

Sonoma Land Trust:  to support a new bilingual summer day camp on the San Pablo Bay.

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 and Family Services:  for general operating support.


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

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

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

Committee On The Shelterless:  to support COTS programs for homeless families.

Community Action Partnership: to support the Sloan House.

Women’s Recovery Services A Unique Place:  for general support of Women’s Recovery Services.


Action Network:  to support the iREAD for Future Success Tomorrow II, program that encourages daily reading to children ages 0-5.

Alliance Medical Center:  to support the growth and development of Alliance Medical Center’s literacy education and Reach Out and Read programs.

California Parenting Institute:  to engage and promote reading in the homes of low-income, high-risk families who participate in CPI programs.

LandPaths:  to build upon iREAD Outside, modeling and further generating excitement, skills and abilities to read to children outside (and inside).

On the Move:  to support Sonoma Valley Parent University’s Family Early Literacy Initiative.

Petaluma Health Care District:  increase access to books and support family reading opportunities in low-income households in Southern Sonoma County.

River to Coast Children’s Services:  to enhance KinderGym with a lending library, daily story time.

Sonoma County Public Library Foundation:  to increase daily reading to local children by supplying families with books, instruction and encouragement through the Free Book Mobile.

Latino Leadership

Centro Labor de Graton: to support leadership trainings for ALMAS.

Los Cien Sonoma County: for general operating support.

Los Cien Sonoma County: to hire a consultant to facilitate the growth of Los Cien’s organizational capacity.

Los Cien Sonoma County: to support the fourth annual State of the Latino Community event.

La Luz Center: to support the pilot of a Latino Leadership program in Sonoma Valley.

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

On the Move: to support year two of On the Verge Sonoma County.

Sonoma Valley Fund Capacity Building Grants

Art Escape: to establish a new part-time program staff position to focus on building program development and design capacity in Year Two.

Sonoma Overnight Support:  to underwrite the cost of the Food Service Program Coordinator.

La Luz Center: to hire a business planning consultant to work with the board on strategic planning and navigating La Luz’s growth trajectory.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley:  to support the capacity building project for Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley.

Teen Services Sonoma:  to support the capacity building project for Teen Services Sonoma.

Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance: to support the capacity building project for Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.


Buckelew Programs: to support Mental Health Art Collaborative.

City of Santa Rosa: to support a series of community engagement events to reduce youth and gang violence.

Dancers’ Group: to support “Into the Heartwood” at the Redwood Sculpture Garden at Luther Burbank Center.

Expanding Your Horizons: to support the Expanding Your Horizons event in Sonoma County.

Inquiring Systems, Inc.: to support the Sebastopol Area Time Bank’s first anniversary celebration.

La Luz Center: to support Dia de Los Muertos in Sonoma Valley.

Loco Bloco: to support Dia de los Muertos in Windsor.

Onetouch Project: to support the 1Touch Introductory Workshop for People with Disabilities at the Earl Baum Center for the Blind.

On the Move: to support On The Verge’s “Nuestra Cultura Sana” event.

Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County:  to support the 13th annual Winterblast held in the South A District of Santa Rosa.

Pepperwood Foundation: to support “Day of the Child/Dia del Niño”.

Positive Images: to support the Family Formation Symposium: Building and Protecting LGBTQI+ families.

Redwood Empire Food Bank:  to support the 30th anniversary celebration.

Russian River Rotary Foundation:  to support “Noche Latina” at the Rockin’ the River Concert Series.

Sonoma Valley Community Health Fair:  to support the Sonoma Valley Community Health Fair event.

Suscol Council: to support Guelaguetza Sonoma County 2017 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.


Healdsburg Forever Grants

Alexander Valley Union School District: to support the Alexander Valley Adult & Family ESL program.

Alliance Medical Center: to support the My Body is Healthy Education Program.

Becoming Independent: to purchase tablets.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: to provide Financial Stability Services to Healdsburg households struggling with economic insecurity.

Farm to Pantry: to fund a new updated website, information technology and staff support.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival: to help support free interactive music education programs in Healdsburg and Geyserville schools.

Healdsburg Shared Ministries: to support the purchase of food for food pantry distribution.

Pepperwood Foundation: to support delivery of Pepperwood’s comprehensive, science-based Students Conducting Environmental Inquiry (SCENIQ) program to Healdsburg 2nd graders.

Reach for Home: to provide staffing for the Permanent Supportive Housing program.

Redwood Empire Food Bank: to support the School Pantry Lite program in northern Sonoma County.

Russian Riverkeeper: to support funding tools and transport for Healdsburg students to conduct biologic surveys to generate critical data.

Santa Rosa Symphony: to support free, educational, and engaging performances by professional musicians in Healdsburg-Geyserville elementary schools.

Scopa Has a Dream dba Corazon Healdsburg: to support the FirstGen College Counseling Program.

Scopa Has a Dream dba Corazon Healdsburg: to support outreach and engagement with the Latino community of Healdsburg for bridging the racial divide and improving health outcomes.

Social Advocates for Youth: to continue the expansion of the SAY Street Outreach Program to the communities of northern Sonoma County.

Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation: to increase legal knowledge around housing and other legal issues affecting family and economic well-being.

Sonoma County Public Library Foundation: to support the Sonoma County Free Bookmobile.

Sunny Hills Services: to help save the lives of children vulnerable to gang influence program.

Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services: to assist low-income, indigent immigrants with low cost, legal services.


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