The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation’s Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction brings together caring vintners, growers and donors to support all communities across Sonoma County. We seek to impact our community in two key ways:
Over the past year, nonprofit organizations were unwavering in their response to meet the increased pressing needs in our community, even while the fires impacted their own programs. One year after the fires, we continue to assess our funding priorities as they relate to the changing landscape.
As a result, the funding priorities of the four program areas have been slightly revised from 2018. In addition, while we will continue to fund Health & Human Services, Education, Arts & Culture, and Environment, we will be prioritizing nonprofit organizations impacted by the 2017 wildfires. We are defining impact as organizations who suffered financial, structural or other losses and/or increased their services to the community as a result of the fires.
Tuesday, December 4th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Grant workshop at Finley Community Center. Click here to download the Powerpoint presentation.
Thursday, December 6th, 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Grant workshop at Finley Community Center
Friday, November 30th: Application opens.
PLEASE NOTE: To support a smooth application submission process, we have staggered the grant deadlines according to program areas.
Thursday, January 10th: Health and Human Services / Arts and Culture Grant Applications are due by 4:00 PM.
Friday, January 11th: Education / Environment Grant Applications are due by 4:00 PM.
End of February: Applicants notified. Due to the large volume of applications, applicants will be notified at the end of February.
The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation is pleased to continue our commitment to four program areas: Health & Human Services, Education, Environment, and Arts & Culture, with prioritization for organizations impacted by the fire. Click here to download Frequently Asked Questions about funding priorities and criteria. Please see below for the funding priorities for each program area. A few key points to keep in mind as you consider applying:
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.
Knowing that young people are significantly impacted by trauma-related events, funding will target education-focused organizations supporting the well-being of our youth.
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 educational experiences for both youth and adults.
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:
Sonoma County Vintners Foundation uses Community Foundation Sonoma County’s online process for submitting grant applications. If this is your first application using the online portal, 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 questions that include your contact information, funding request amount, project start and end date. You will also be asked to answer a series of narrative questions. Applicants will also be asked to upload the following documents:
*Submitting an organization and project budget is required for this grant; use of our template is not mandatory. If you choose not to use our template, please remember to include both an organization and a project budget.
A few words of caution: