A young girl on a farm wearing a purple sweater and purple mask holding a chicken in her arms.. Text reads: Environmental Education Grant Program
This grant program is open by invitation. If your organization has been invited to apply, please review the information below to submit your application. If you have a program or project that is a strong fit with the ELAEE, please feel free to submit a brief summary describing your work and send to grants@sonomacf.org. The Community Impact Team will contact you if there is a chance to explore further.

The Issue

We are fortunate to live in a county filled with urban and rural parks and open spaces that give us the opportunity to explore majestic redwood forests, stunning wetlands, rolling hills, and rugged coastline. Yet there are many people in our community who do not have the opportunity to get outdoors, connect with and learn about nature—even when those places are right in their own backyard.

In order to foster informed, inspired lifelong environmental stewards who can address the environmental challenges we face now and in the future, there must be equitable opportunities for all members of our community to cultivate a connection to nature, and participate in protecting the environment. Community Foundation seeks to continue to address these disparities and expand access to typically underserved community members through this grants program open to both established and grassroots environmental organizations who share our commitment to equity.

The Grant Program

Community Foundation Sonoma County is committed to addressing issues of disparity in order to build an equitable community. Therefore, our Environmental Education grant program will focus primarily on high-quality environmental education experiences for young people who lack access and opportunities to experience the outdoors.

Grant Program Criteria include:

  • Multiple visits (single-visit programs are ineligible for funding)
  • Standards-based science curriculum
  • Opportunities to cultivate a sense of connection and belonging in the outdoors
  • Direct experiences as stewards of the natural world
  • Inclusion of climate justice into the experience is encouraged

Environmental education curricula should be delivered by environmental organizations working in collaboration with classroom teachers to deliver experiences directly to elementary and/or secondary school students.

Timeline

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022: Grant application opens online
  • Friday, June 10, 2022: Grant application closes at 5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 24, 2022: Applicants informed of grant awards

How To Apply

This grant program is open by invitation. If your organization has been invited to apply, please review the information below to submit your application. If you have a program or project that is a strong fit with the ELAEE, please feel free to submit a brief summary describing your work and send to grants@sonomacf.org. The Community Impact Team will contact you if there is a chance to explore further.

For organizations invited to apply, please follow these instructions:

Community Foundation Sonoma County uses an online process for submitting grant applications. You can access the application through our portal at this link. 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 a series of question that include your contact information, funding request amount, and a series of narrative questions. We highly recommend that you complete your application in a Word document and then copy and paste the content into the online template; to download a Word version of the narrative questions for the application, click here.

Applicants will also be asked to upload the following documents (templates will be provided for those documents with an asterisk):

  • Board of Directors List (or Board of Directors from Fiscal Sponsor)
  • Organization and Project Budget Form*
  • Fiscal Sponsorship Form (only for organizations using a Fiscal Sponsor)*

To review FAQs for Online Submission, please click here.

Our 2021 Environmental Education Grants

OrganizationGrant Purpose
Extended Child Care Coalition of Sonoma County Inc.to support K-8 student participation in environment and nutrition programs at the Larkfield Community Garden/ Learning Center, as fiscal sponsor to Community Soil Foundation
Jack London Park Partnersto support the Fund-A-Need at the gala on September 25, 2021
LandPathsto support the In Our Own BackYard program
North Bay Organizing Projectto support the Latino Student Congress environmental education outings
Pepperwood Foundationto support TeenNat, connecting youth to natural resource careers through participation in conservation research
Pepperwood Foundationto support professional development for Sonoma Environmental Education Collaborative (SEEC), as fiscal sponsor
Point Reyes National Seashore Associationto support partnership with Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance to expand the Youth in Parks program
Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundationto support the Environmental Education Modules
Sonoma Ecology Centerto support the K-12 Watershed Education program for Sonoma Valley youth
Sonoma Ecology Centerto support the capacity building implementation program
Sonoma Land Trustto support the Conservation Council environmental science and youth development program
This grant program is by invitation only. For more information about the Environmental Education grant program, please contact:
Ariana Diaz De Leon

Ariana Díaz de León

Community Impact Director
For questions about the  online application process, please contact:
Annette Williams

Annette Williams

Community Impact Coordinator
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