The Sponsorship Program

Community Foundation Sonoma County is committed to promoting equity in our community through all of our grantmaking and work beyond the grants we provide. Our sponsorship program is designed to support nonprofit organizations who are hosting community events that address issues of disparity in our community.

Applicants can request up to $500 for non-fundraising community events. In order to have a broad reach with this sponsorship program, we request that nonprofits apply once every other year for this funding.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Organization is a 501c3 nonprofit organization
  • Event is local and serves Sonoma County
  • Event is community-focused and addresses issues of disparity
  • Event is not a fundraiser

Application Timeline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We encourage organizations to apply at least two months prior to their event to allow for application review and grant processing. Applicants will be notified of sponsorship awards within three weeks of submitting their application.

How to Apply

Community Foundation Sonoma County uses an online process for submitting applications. If this is your first application using the online program, 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 to answer the following questions:

  • Name of event or program, and town or city where event or program will be held.
  • Date of the event or program and venue.
  • The link to the event website, if applicable.
  • Total budget for event.
  • Amount of sponsorship request ($500 maximum).
  • If you have sponsorship levels, please include them.
  • If there is a ticket charge or entrance fee, please indicate the amount per person.
  • Deadline for securing sponsors.
  • Brief description of event or program.
  • Who is your primary audience? How many people do you expect to attend?
  • Please list how the sponsorship would be recognized.

A word of caution: When working in the electronic application program, save your work as you go along and, if you want to leave and then return to complete your application later, save your work before you exit the program. Once you’ve exited without saving, your unsaved work is lost. For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

Apply now for Sponsorship.

For questions about the sponsorship program, please call Elly Grogan, 707.303.9638.

For questions or problems with the online application, please call Annette Williams at 707.303.9639.