Sonoma County Vintners Foundation Community Grants

Community Foundation Sonoma County

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 12, 2019 4:00pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 13, 2019 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied 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.

  • Thursday, April 12th: Health and Human Services / Arts and Culture Grant Applications are due by 4:00 PM.
  • Friday, April 13th: 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.

Since the fires we know that many new and pressing needs have arisen for our nonprofit partners to meet the increased demand for your services. At the same time, we know that your ongoing, pre-fire programs remain just as pressing post-fire, and we understand the concern that philanthropic dollars may be diverted to address fire needs. Therefore, our strategy this year is to continue our focus on ongoing support for your core programs in your area of greatest need.

Program Areas & Funding Priorities

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.  A few key points to keep in mind as you consider applying:

  • We encourage applicants to submit requests for your organization’s greatest needs for your programs. You are welcome to apply for fire-related programs, but we will not be prioritizing fire-related requests over support for other, non-fire related programs—all applications will be considered equally
  • Applicants in these four areas will be considered only if the primary mission of the organization aligns with the stated funding priority
  • In order to provide broad community-wide support, we will consider only one proposal from any one non-profit organization
  • The maximum funding amount is $10,000
  • We encourage 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.


Aligning with Cradle to Career Goal Area 3: “Every young adult is prepared for and completes the highest level of postsecondary education or training to achieve their career goals,” Community Grants funding for education will focus on programs or projects that provide opportunities for workplace, career and postsecondary learning for youth.


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.
  • We will consider only one proposal from any one non-profit organization within a given grant cycle.


  • 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

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