Recent Grants

2019 Grants

Community Foundation Sonoma County is pleased to share the following list of our 2019 nonprofit partners.

For a list of 2018 grants, click here. To see the Healdsburg Forever 2018 grant recipients click here.

Animal Welfare

Pets Lifeline Inc.: to fund free spay/neuter and vaccine clinics for up to 100 cats and dogs belonging to low-income residents of the Sonoma Valley

Compassion Without Borders: to provide free and low-cost veterinary wellness and spay/neuter services to pets of underserved, low-income, and homeless community members

Humane Society of Sonoma County: to provide low-cost spay/neuter services for owned pets in the community

Arts Education

Knights of Indulgence, dba The Imaginists: to support the Imaginist’s ION Project to engage and empower youth in grades 6-12 through innovative, high-quality theater residencies & apprenticeship opportunities.

Museums of Sonoma County: to support Art4Kids, a hands-on art education program taught by artists that integrates classroom and museum visits.

Santa Rosa Symphony: to foster arts-inspired confidence and achievement, changing underserved youth’s lives in socio-economically disadvantaged communities through music education.

Sonoma County Economic Development Board Foundation: to partner with Creative Sonoma to support the Arts Education Innovation grants program

Sonoma County Economic Development Board Foundation: to support Creative Sonoma in launching the 2019 Discovered Awards program

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art: to support the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s Art Rewards the Student program.

Art Education Innovation Grants in partnership with Creative Sonoma

6th Street Playhouse: the “Heritage Project” sends teachers into schools with underserved populations and brings students back to the theatre to find their own creative voices in creating their own original theatrical work.

Art Escape: Teen Art Intensive is a program for underserved Sonoma Valley youth, ages 15-18, to provide a deep dive into printmaking and metalworking, each culminating in day trips to arts centers and studios.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County: Ballet Folklorico will work with club members to teach traditional Latino dance, group performance, and its history.

California Poets in the Schools: this project brings seven Teaching Artists into eight underserved schools throughout Sonoma County to deliver poetry-writing residencies to a largely bilingual, bicultural population.

Cazadero Performing Arts Camp: the camp will offer a three-day sleep-away music camp retreat for students from Sonoma County schools.

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County: ArtJam! is a 10-month visiting artist series in Ella’s Art Studio where families are invited to create art with a different visiting artist each month.

City of Santa Rosa Housing and Community Services: to provide general operating support to Sam Jones Hall

Fire Circle Theater: workshops at Roseland University Prep use art to help students critically and creatively refine and express their own personal narratives through performing and literary arts.

Imagine Bus Project: Youth Studio provides weekly visual arts workshops for incarcerated youth at Los Guilicos Juvenile Justice Center

La Luz Center: for participation in the ROSIE capacity building project

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts: Dancers Unite is a dance integration residency for Grades TK-3 to learn skills to manage emotions, build relationships, and make decisions as teaching artists guide them a variety of dance experiences.

Petaluma People Services Center: for participation in the ROSIE capacity building project

Play It Forward Music Foundation: collaborates with New Horizon School to utilize music arts education to empower students with learning disabilities to develop new skills, opportunities and access to academic success.

Play Marimba: this project will purchase marimba keys for 30 instruments and work with music students to build the frames, teaching them basic woodworking skills. These instruments will then be used by students to practice with at home.

Raizes Collective: a visiting anthropologist from the National Museum in Mexico City presents her research; students then expand by doing their own arts and culture exploration project.

Sonoma Community Center: The Innovative Youth Clay Institute will provide hands-on, cross-disciplinary art workshops in three fields across the 2019-2020 academic year: Collaborative 3D Printing Projects, Wild Clay Workshops, and the Pedal-Powered Pottery Wheel Project

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation: Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra provides students with the opportunity to participate in an El Sistema based youth-development orchestral music program.

Basic Human Needs

Ambulatory Surgery Access Coalition dba Operation Access: to provide surgeries and specialty medical procedures to undocumented individuals in Sonoma County.

Committee On The Shelterless: for transportation vouchers for people experiencing homelessness or housing crisis, for access to health, housing, and employment opportunities.

Covia Foundation AKA Episcopal Senior Communities Foundation: to provide emergency funding for seniors living on fixed incomes who are in dire circumstances.

FISH of the Santa Rosa Area Inc.: to purchase food from the Redwood Empire Food Bank for food insecure families.

Food For Thought: to provide healthy groceries to seriously ill, food insecure homeless people across Sonoma County.

Friends in Sonoma Helping: to provide rental assistance to underserved Sonoma Valley families and individuals.

Healdsburg Shared Ministries: to provide free food to underserved families and seniors in Healdsburg and Geyserville.

Interfaith Shelter Network: to provide emergency funding for clients in housing programs.

Jewish Community Free Clinic: to provide tangible direct aid health provisions such as vaccines, medications, lab tests, for the underserved communities.

Lilliput Children’s Services: to provide for the basic needs of children/youth who have entered into emergency relative care.

On The Move: to address critical, basic needs of transition-age youth including transportation, food, mental health, and urgent care.

Reach For Home: to provide utility and housing stabilization through our Rapid Re-Housing program in north Sonoma County.

River to Coast Children’s Services: to provide emergency basic human needs for west Sonoma County families.

Salvation Army – Santa Rosa: to provide emergency bus passes and transportation for clients in the adult transitional living program and senior clients.

Side by Side, formerly Sunny Hills Services: to provide emergency basic needs funding for low-income families in their Sonoma programs.

Sonoma Overnight Support: to assist clients with basic-need day-services such as emergency food and transportation.

Sonoma State University Seawolf Scholars: to provide emergency funding to foster youth students enrolled in the Seawolf Scholar program at SSU.

Sonoma Valley Community Health Center: to provide transportation for people to receive medical care at Sonoma Valley Community Health Center.

St. Vincent de Paul Sonoma County: to support the food program at the St. Vincent de Paul Community Kitchen feeding 15,000 people annually.

The Living Room Center, Inc.: to provide immediate and direct assistance to secure emergency food, transportation, hygiene products, clothing, etc.

Valley of the Moon Children’s Home Foundation: to help cover costs and expenses of emergency dental care for foster youth upon entry to programs.

Verity – Compassion Safety Support A California Corporation: to assist survivors of sexual violence meet emergency basic needs such as housing food, and transportation.

Women’s Recovery Services A Unique Place: to provide immediate basic human needs for mothers with substance dependence and their children.

YWCA Sonoma County: to provide basic needs to victims of domestic violence in their emergency shelter.


First 5 Sonoma County: to support the collaborative funding for the ROSIE Capacity Building program.

First 5 Sonoma County: to contribute to a pool of funds to collect data around Sonoma County Early Childhood Education workforce.

La Luz Center: for participation in the ROSIE capacity building project.

Petaluma People Services Center: for participation in the ROSIE capacity building project.

Environmental Education

Extended Child Care Coalition (fiscal sponsor for Community Soil Foundation): to support K-8 students’ participation in environmental educational programs at the Larkfield Community Garden/ Learning Center.

LandPaths: to support the In Our Own BackYards (IOOBY) Program.

North Bay Organizing Project: to support Latinx Student Congress outings and outdoor retreats.

Pepperwood Foundation (fiscal sponsor for SEEC): to support professional development of members of the Sonoma Environmental Education Collaborative.

Pepperwood Foundation: to support TeenNat, connecting youth to natural resource careers through participation in conservation research.

Point Reyes National Seashore Association: to support PRNSA’s !Vamos Afuera! environmental education outdoor exploration program for underserved Latino youth and families.

Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation: to support “Science, Science Everywhere”, a learning experience integrating classroom lessons, field trips, and stewardship projects.

Sonoma Ecology Center: to support the K-8 Watershed Education Program.

Sonoma Land Trust: to support Bay Camp, a bilingual summer day camp on the San Pablo Bay.

Sonoma Land Trust: to preserve open space and maintain the trail system at Sonoma Developmental Center.

Foster Youth

Community Support Network: to provide general operating support

On The Move: for general operating support for VOICES Sonoma

Social Advocates for Youth: to provide general operating support

TLC Child and Family Services: to provide general operating support


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: to support the 138-bed Family Support Center, serving mothers and children experiencing homelessness

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: to support the DeMeo House, a supportive housing program dedicated to providing safe, permanent housing for families with children who are transitioning out of homelessness

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County: to support the Sloan House Women’s Shelter

Community Support Network: to provide general operating support

Community Support Network: to provide general operating support

COTS (Committee on the Shelterless): to provide funding for COTS’ Kids First Family Shelter (KFFS) which provides emergency shelter for families with children

The Living Room Center: to provide supportive programming and services to women and mothers who are currently experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of becoming homeless

Sonoma Overnight Support: to provide funding for Day Services

West County Health Centers Inc: to support HIV/AIDS Program Support for medical, dental, and behavioral health services at West County Health Centers

Women’s Recovery Services A Unique Place: to support Women’s Recovery Services programs and operations


Action Network: to support iREAD Today for Success Tomorrow program.

Alliance Medical Center: to support the growth and development of Alliance Medical Center’s literacy education and Reach Out and Read programs.

California Parenting Institute (CPI): to engage and promote reading in the homes of low-income, high-risk families who participate in CPI programs.

LandPaths: to build upon iREAD Outside, modeling and further generating excitement, skills and abilities to read to children.

On The Move: to support Sonoma Valley Parent University’s Family Early Literacy Initiative.

River to Coast Children’s Services: to increase the reading levels of families in West Sonoma County by providing free books and offering literacy activities through the KinderGym program.

Sonoma County Public Library Foundation: to increase daily reading to local children by supplying families with books, instruction and encouragement through the Free Book Mobile.

Latino Leadership

Centro Laboral de Graton: to support Centro Laboral de Graton’s domestic worker organizing project, ALMAS (Alianza de Mujeres Activas y Solidarias)

Latino Service Providers: for general operating support to Latino Service Providers, including leadership development to the Executive Director

Los Cien Sonoma County: to sponsor four Latino professionals to participate in Leadership Santa Rosa Class 36.

Los Cien Sonoma County: to sponsor all Los Cien events for the year.

Los Cien Sonoma County: for general operating support to Los Cien, including leadership development for the Executive Director

North Bay Organizing Project: to support the Young People’s Academy/ Academia del Pueblo 8-day training institute.

North Bay Organizing Project: to support Latinx Student Congress youth organizing program


Corazon Healdsburg: for sponsorship of Corazon’s Dia de los Muertos celebration

Expanding Your Horizons: to support the Expanding Your Horizons event in Sonoma County.

Hanna Boys Center: to support a day-long community event featuring Dolores Huerta at Hanna Boys Center.

Latino Health Forum: to support the 27th Annual Latino Health Forum.

Latinos Unidos del Condado de Sonoma: to support the Windsor Health Fair on October 20.

On the Move: to support the 19th annual Santa Rosa Dφa de los Muertos Celebration at the Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa.

Raizes Collective: to support the Guelaguetza cultural festival.

Sonoma County Office of Education: sponsorship for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Sonoma State University: to support the 2019 SSU Education Family Summit.

Sonoma State University: to support “The Gift: End of Life Conversations” project.

Sonoma Land Trust: to support a free family festival that introduces and celebrates conservation and the SE Greenway project to new, diverse audiences.

Petaluma Sunrise Rotary Foundation Inc: to support the 2019 North Bay Science Challenge.

The Lost Church: to support the Railroad Square Music Festival.

United Way of the Wine Country: to support UWWC’s Census 2020 Outreach and Education Initiative in Sonoma County.

For more information about our grant programs, see Apply for Grants or contact:

Karin Demarest

Karin Demarest

Vice President for Community Impact