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2018 Grants

Community Foundation Sonoma County is pleased to share the following list of our 2018 nonprofit partners.

To see last year’s grants, click here.

Arts Education – Administered in partnership with Creative Sonoma

Art Escape: to support the Teen Art Lounge program for local teens

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County: to support the Ballet Folklorico program on Latino dance for youth culminating in a live performance at the Youth of the Year event in Roseland

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley: to support the Art of Filmmaking workshops for 75 youth in 4th and 5th grade

California Poets in the Schools: to support six Teaching Artists in seven underserved schools throughout Sonoma County to deliver poetry-writing residencies to a largely bilingual, bicultural population

Cazadero Performing Arts Camp: to support the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp three-day sleep-away music camp retreat in the redwoods of Western Sonoma County

Child Parent Institute: to support the “Explore and Express” program for Phoenix High School students

Chop’s Teen Club: to support the Side by Side Summer Artist Series and Teen Art Showcase

Felta Education Foundation: to support the Studio Program to bring a year-long series of high quality, dynamic art projects to all students at West Side School

Healdsburg Jazz Festival: to support the Student Jazz Combo Competition for student musicians

Imagine Bus Project: to support the Youth Studio which provides weekly workshops at Los Guilicos Juvenile Hall and Sonoma Probation Camp

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts: to support Music Matters which provides Bellevue Elementary students ukulele instruction

Sonoma County Dancers United: to support the Dancers Unite!, program bringing dance education to grades TK-5

Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation: to support Through YES-Coast for underserved Sonoma County youth to learn the art of photography

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation: to support the Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra (ViVO) which provides socio-economically disadvantaged students with the opportunity to participate in an El Sistema based youth-development orchestral music program

Walking Elephant Theatre Company: to support the Walking Elephant Theatre Company School Program for students in 3rd – 12th grade


Basic Human Needs

Ambulatory Surgery Access Coalition dba Operation Access: to provide surgeries and specialty procedures for undocumented people in Sonoma County

Buckelew Programs: to expand the Emergency Rental Assistance fund for rents and rental deposits

California Parenting Institute (CPI): to provide emergency funding for medical co-pays, housing and related expenses for families with children

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

Ceres Community Project: to provide medically tailored meals to very low-income patients with serious illness

Committee On The Shelterless: to support the operation of COTS’ Food Programs

Council on Aging Services for Seniors: to provide home-delivered meals to frail isolated seniors

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

FISH of the Santa Rosa Area Inc.: to support FISH’s Food Pantry

Food For Thought: to provide nutritious food to 50 low-income Sonoma County residents affected by congestive heart failure

Friends In Sonoma Helping: to partially support Rental Assistance to needy Sonoma Valley residents

Healdsburg Shared Ministries: to provide free food to needy families in the Healdsburg/Geyserville area

InterFaith Shelter Network: to provide interim housing and permanent housing placement for Sonoma County homeless population

Jewish Community Free Clinic of Sonoma County: to support the JCFC’s Free Medications, Vaccines, and Labs Direct Aid Program

On the Move: to support VOICES Sonoma with funding for transportation and emergency food services

Petaluma Ecumenical Properties: to provide emergency funding to residents in need of food, shelter, or medical financial aid

Petaluma People Services Center: to support the Meals on Wheels program for at-risk seniors

Reach for Home: to provide additional necessary shelter, transportation to medical services and other 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 Families

Sonoma Overnight Support: to provide food and services to the homeless in Sonoma and Sonoma Valley

Sonoma State University Seawolf Scholars Program: to provide essential services to current and former foster youth enrolled at Sonoma State University

Sonoma Valley Community Health Center: to provide medical transportation to underserved residents of Sonoma Valley

Sunny Hills Services: to provide emergency funding for our Sonoma clients receiving mental health services

The Living Room Center, Inc.: to provide meals to homeless women and children

Verity-Compassion Safety Support A California Corporation: to enable victims of sexual assault to access emergency shelter, food and transportation

Volunteer Center of Sonoma County Inc: to support the 211 program

West County Community Services: to provide better and more meals to low-income and homeless seniors

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

YWCA of Sonoma County: to provide food, shelter, and immediate needs to adults and children fleeing domestic violence


Environmental Education

Extended Child Care Coalition of Sonoma County Inc.: to support the Community Soil Foundation’s garden-based environmental education of the Larkfield Community Garden and Learning Center

LandPaths: to support the In Our Own Back Yards program

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

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

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

Sonoma Ecology Center: to support restoring full access to trails at Sugerloaf Ridge State Park that were impacted by the fires

Sonoma Ecology Center: to support the K-6 Watershed Education Program

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


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


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

On the Move: to support the third year of the On the Verge cohort in Sonoma County

Los Cien Sonoma County, Inc.: for general operating support

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.


Latino Service Providers: to support the Fandango Fundraiser

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

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital: to support the production of the Roseland Cinco de Mayo Run

Sonoma County Black Forum: to support the Sonoma County Black Forum’s 2018 Youth Summit

Sonoma County Office of Education: to support Teacher Appreciation Week and Spotlight on Sonoma County Schools

The Lost Church: to support the Railroad Square Music Festival


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