The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation’s signature fundraising event, the Sonoma County Wine Auction, has raised $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 2021.
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||Supporting basic human needs that have been exacerbated during the pandemic.
Funding will target immediate and direct critical safety net services. Examples include access to food, shelter/housing, transportation, or medical expenses. Organizations that have strong existing relationships with vulnerable populations will be prioritized.
|Education||Recent data shows 70% of Sonoma County youth are feeling anxious about the future.
For 2021, education funding will focus on organizations whose primary objective is to support youth mental health, with a clear emphasis on LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and low-income youth.
|Arts & Culture||The COVID pandemic has decimated arts and culture organizations.
Arts & Culture funding in 2021 will focus on arts organizations that have been impacted by the pandemic and provide access to culturally diverse programming and audiences.
|Environment||In recent years, Sonoma County has experienced multiple environmental disasters.
Funding will target disaster mitigation projects that seek to address the impacts of fires, floods, and other disasters.
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.
Friday, March 5: Health and Human Services / Arts and Culture Grant Applications are due by 5:00 PM.
Friday, March 12: Education / Environment Grant Applications are due by 5:00 PM.
Wednesday, February 17, 9:00–10:00 AM: virtual Grant workshop (watch the recording)
Thursday, February 18, 3:00–4:00 PM: virtual Grant workshop (watch the recording)
Friday, February 12: Application opens online
Grant Period: June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022
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. Click here to apply.
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: