The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation cultivates a vibrant and diverse Sonoma County by elevating lives through charitable events and philanthropic giving. Our fundraising efforts have a direct impact in the areas of literacy, education, health & human services, the environment and arts & culture.
The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation’s Sonoma County Wine Auction brings together caring vintners, growers and donors to support all communities across Sonoma County. Through Community Grants and Fund the Future initiatives, we have the ability to impact all needs, ranging from the immediate to the long term.
Sonoma County Vintners Foundation partners with Community Foundation Sonoma County to implement the Community Grants. All applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early, as the Community Foundation has launched a new online grant portal. Please reference the Grant Application Portal Guide or contact Annette Williams firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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. Click to download the Frequently Asked Questions about funding priorities and criteria. Please see the table below for the funding priorities for each program area. A few key points to keep in mind as you consider applying:
|Program Area||Funding Priority|
|Health and Human Services||Supporting the most fundamental needs around behavioral health, housing, homelessness, and hunger, funding will target programs or projects that specifically address one of these four areas.|
|Education||Collaboration between schools and community based organizations provides unique opportunities to leverage efforts and achieve greater impact. Education funding will support programs or projects whose impact on children or youth is realized through robust, clearly defined collaborations between K-12 schools and nonprofits.|
|Arts & Culture||Knowing that access to arts education can foster a love of learning, improve personal dignity and enhance creativity, funding for the arts will focus on arts educational experiences for both youth and adults.|
|Environment||Recognizing the unique beauty and vulnerability of our natural resources, funding will target programs or projects that conserve and/or restore environmentally significant land, waterways and wildlife habitats.|
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:
Friday, January 17: Application opens online
Tuesday, January 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Grant workshop at Cypress Room, Finley Community Center (optional)
Friday, January 24, 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Grant workshop at Cypress Room, Finley Community Center (optional)
PLEASE NOTE: To support a smooth application submission process, we have staggered the grant deadlines according to program areas.
Friday, February 14: Health and Human Services / Arts and Culture Grant Applications are due by 4:00 p.m.
Friday, February 21: Education / Environment Grant Applications are due by 4:00 p.m.
May: Applicants notified
Grant Period: June 15, 2020 – June 15, 2021
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 create your account.
If you have an established account, you will be asked for your password to open a new application.
We highly recommend reviewing the Grant Application Portal Guide prior to 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. Please note, both an organization budget and a program budget are required.
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: