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Grants to California Nonprofits for Community
Benefit Programs in Eligible Areas

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Community Foundation Sonoma County (CFSC) - Sonoma County Vintners Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/12/21 5:00 PM - Deadline for Education / Environment Grant Applications Only


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Grants of up to $20,000 to California nonprofit organizations for programs that meet the most important needs of the communities in eligible areas. Funding is intended for programs addressing health and human services, arts and culture, education, and the environment. Programs should benefit the Sonoma County community.

Program Areas and Funding Priorities:

Applicants in these four priority areas will be considered when the request aligns specifically with the stated 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 and Culture: The COVID pandemic has decimated arts and culture organizations. Arts and 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177522

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests must fall within the range of $5,000 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Sonoma County 501c3 nonprofit organizations may apply for a Community Grant for either program or project support. Nonprofit organizations that have a significant presence in Sonoma County but are based outside of Sonoma County are eligible to apply.

The Community Grants program accepts applications from public schools. Schools and educational institutions are advised to apply through a nonprofit organization or education foundation for this grant program.

The Foundation does not accept proposals for:
- Annual fund campaigns, fundraising events or debt retirement
- Capital campaigns
- Conferences
- Scholarships
- Grants (or loans) to individuals
- Political or religious purposes (or programs requiring religious participation)
- Projects that primarily serve residents outside of Sonoma County
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by law

The Community Grants program is not designated to sponsor events or fund scholarships.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Foundation encourages but does not require applicants to attend one of the grant workshops, where further details will be provided about the funding priorities and criteria.

- Wednesday, February 17, 9:00–10:00 AM: virtual Grant workshop (optional; the recording will be made available) Register here:
- Thursday, February 18, 3:00–4:00 PM: virtual Grant workshop (optional; the recording will be made available) Register here:

Pre-Application Information:


Please note: To support a smooth application submission process, the grant deadlines have been staggered according to program areas.
- Friday, February 12: Application opens online
- Wednesday, February 17, 9:00–10:00 AM: virtual Grant workshop (optional; the recording will be made available)
- Thursday, February 18, 3:00–4:00 PM: virtual Grant workshop (optional; the recording will be made available)
- 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.
- May: Applicants notified

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.

In order to provide broad community-wide support, the Foundation prefers only one proposal from any one nonprofit organization within a given cycle. However, if your organization is very large, with distinctly different programs, you may consider submitting more than one application.

As the grant deadline nears, the Foundation receives a high volume of calls and emails and it may not be possible to respond to your request immediately. Please consider this in your planning and apply early, in case you encounter technical difficulties or have questions about the grant program.

Grant Application Templates:

Webinar recording:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For questions or problems with the online application, please contact:
Annette Williams
Community Impact Coordinator

For questions about eligibility and grant criteria, please contact:
Ariana Díaz de León
Senior Community Impact Officer

Community Foundation Sonoma County
120 Stony Point Road, Suite 220
Santa Rosa CA 95401

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