Sonoma County Vintners Foundation Community Grants

Community Foundation Sonoma County

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $20,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 14, 2021 4:00pm PST

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 21, 2021 4:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Sonoma County, California

Location of residency: Sonoma County, California

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NOTE: To support a smooth application submission process, we have staggered the grant deadlines according to program areas.

  • February 14: Health and Human Services / Arts and Culture Grant Applications are due by 4:00 PM.
  • February 21: Education / Environment Grant Applications are due by 4:00 PM.


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:

  • Fund the Future: an initiative focused on increasing third grade literacy rates
  • Community Grants: a broadly accessible, responsive grants program to address the most pressing needs in our communities.

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.

Program Areas & Funding Priorities

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. 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:

  • Applicants in these four areas will be considered only if the program or project for which they are applying aligns with the stated funding priority
  • All organizations are welcome to apply even if they have not been impacted by the fires, however, organizations that provide evidence of impact will be prioritized.
  • In order to provide broad community-wide support, we will consider only one proposal from any one non-profit organization
  • Grant requests must fall within this range of $5,000 to $25,000
  • We encourage, but do not require, applicants to attend one of our grant workshops, where we will provide further details about the funding priorities and criteria

Funding Priorities

Health and Human Services

Supporting the most fundamental needs around behavioral health, housing, homelessness, and hunger, funding will target organizations whose mission specifically addresses 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 youngest community members.


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.

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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Sonoma County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply for a Community Grant for either program or project support.


  • 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.


  • We do not accept proposals for:
    • Annual fund campaigns, fundraising events or debt retirement
    • Capital campaigns
    • Conferences
    • 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
    • Offsetting lost revenues from the fires