The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation’s signature fundraising event, the Sonoma County Wine Auction, has raised over $39 million for local causes, helping to address Sonoma County’s most pressing needs, and fostering both immediate and long-term change.
The Foundation cultivates a vibrant and diverse Sonoma County through charitable giving focused on improving education, health & human services, the environment, and arts & culture. The Foundation’s annual Community Grants Program ensures that nonprofit organizations working across Sonoma County have the opportunity to apply for funding in these four areas of impact.
The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation is pleased to continue our commitment to four program areas: Health and Human Services, Education, Environment, and Arts and Culture. Please see the table below for each program area’s funding priorities, as these have shifted to address our community’s most urgent needs in 2022.
A few key points to keep in mind as you consider applying:
Click here to download Frequently Asked Questions about funding priorities and criteria.
|Program Area||Funding Priority|
|Health and Human Services||The increased stress of the pandemic has had a negative impact on the mental health and well-being of community members, with the greatest challenges faced by those already vulnerable due to multiple factors.
Funding will target programs or projects that support the fundamental needs of our most vulnerable community members, which could include mental and behavioral health, housing, and food insecurity.
|Education||In Sonoma County, data from the YouthTruth survey and READY report show that English Learners have been disproportionately impacted by wildfires and the pandemic in two key areas: digital access and access to early childhood education.
Recognizing that high-quality early education and comprehensive digital access have lasting implications on literacy, the education funding for 2022 will target programs or projects that offer children, youth and/or their families the opportunity to increase early literacy skills and/or address the digital divide.
|Arts & Culture||The connection between the arts and healing has been well-documented. For a community that has experienced a series of natural disasters alongside a global pandemic, the arts can reduce acute levels of collective stress and uncertainty, transforming struggle into a creative expression of lived experience.
For 2022, arts funding will target programs or projects that explore the arts and creative expression as a form of healing.
|Environment||The existing and future threat of climate change-fueled wildfires means disaster mitigation continues to be critical for the safety of our community.
Funding will target disaster mitigation projects that seek to address the impacts of wildfires primarily through the reduction of fire fuels. Approaches include—but are not limited to—prescribed grazing, prescribed burns, and manual vegetation management. Recognizing the opportunity to create a pathway for a trained, stable, well-compensated workforce that can conduct comprehensive wildfire mitigation, projects that provide opportunities for youth, BIPOC individuals, and others most impacted by economic, racial, and social inequities, will be prioritized.
Our Community Grants program is a broadly accessible, responsive grants program meant to address the most pressing needs across all our communities. When evaluating proposals, we use the following criteria to assess the competitiveness of a project or program:
Sonoma County 501c3 nonprofit organizations may apply for a Community Grant for either program or project support. We do not accept proposals for:
PLEASE NOTE: To support a smooth application submission process, we have staggered the grant deadlines according to program areas.
Wednesday, February 16, 3:00–4:00 PM: Virtual Grant workshop (optional)
Thursday, February 17, 9:00–10:00 AM: Virtual Grant workshop (optional)
Friday, March 4: Health and Human Services / Arts and Culture Grant Applications are due by 5:00 PM.
Friday, March 11: Education / Environment Grant Applications are due by 5:00 PM.
Mid-May: Applicants notified of grant status
Grant Period: June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023
We hosted two optional grant workshops on February 16 and 17. You can view the presentation below.
Sonoma County Vintners Foundation uses Community Foundation Sonoma County’s online process for submitting grant applications. If this is your first application using the new online portal, you will be asked to set up an account.
If you have an established account, you will be asked for your password to open a new application.
We highly recommend reviewing the FAQs for Online Submission before beginning your application.
Once you’ve opened an online account, you will be asked a series of questions that include your contact information and a series of narrative questions. Applicants will also be asked to upload the following documents:
*A program budget template is available on our website. You may choose to use your own template instead. We do not provide a template for the organization budget.
A few words of caution:
Please note, applications must be submitted online through our Grants Portal, and will not be accepted via email. If you prefer to draft your application in Microsoft Word, before submitting through our online grant application portal, we have compiled a copy of each application for you to use. Please click the links below to download the .docx file for the program area you are interested in applying for: