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2015 Sonoma Valley Fund Capacity-Building

Grants to Sonoma County, California Nonprofits to Address
Unmet Health Needs for Long-Term Capacity Building

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Foundation / Corporation

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Sonoma Valley Fund - Community Foundation Sonoma County

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Deadline Date:

09/25/15 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and in-kind technical assistance to Sonoma County, California nonprofit organizations that promote the complete physical, mental and social well-being of local residents, for capacity building activities. Applicants are invited to attend the August 26 information session to learn more.

The purpose of this program is to strengthen nonprofits currently addressing the unmet health needs of the most vulnerable populations.

This program provides funding and technical assistance to organizations interested in committing time, energy and innovative thinking to assess and plan for increased organizational effectiveness.

Highlights from Year 1 of this opportunity include:

-Participation in a facilitated learning cohort
-Ongoing professional consultation from an expert in nonprofit capacity building
-Comprehensive organizational assessment and support in developing a capacity building plan
-Funding of $5,000 to be used at grantee’s discretion
-Potential for funding beyond the first year of participation

The Foundation recognizes that capacity building can require a long-term investment. Therefore, grantees will have the potential to continue receiving support beyond the first year of funding/technical assistance. For Year 2, participants will be selected from the first year cohort in fall of 2016. Specific support and funding will be designed based on the needs identified by the learning cohort, within the following framework:

Year 2: Practicing how to change

In the second year, the capacity-building activities identified by the organizational assessment will be implemented. Organizations may work with a consultant of their choosing to most effectively put their plan into action.

Year 3: Growing comfortable with change

In the final year, organizations continue to implement capacity building project and incorporate into organizational culture and systems.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150591

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grantees receive $5,000 in cash the first year and technical assistance throughout all three program years.

Term of Contract:

Up to 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Capacity-building support and technical assistance will be provided to organizations delivering services to address the unmet health needs of vulnerable populations in Sonoma Valley as outlined in the Portrait of Sonoma County.

Not Funded:
-Annual fund campaigns, fundraising events or debt retirement
-Capital campaigns
-Conferences or one-time events
-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, orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by law

Pre-proposal Conference:

The grant workshop will be held on August 26, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 PM at Sonoma Valley Grange, 18627 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:
August 24: Grant application opens online
September 25, 2015: Grant application closes at 5:00 PM
Mid-November, 2015: Applicants informed of grant awards

More information regarding the online application process may be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (attached below).

Contact Information:

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

Direct program questions to:
Karin Demarest, Vice President for Programs

Direct online application questions to:
Elly Grogan, Program Officer

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

P: 707.579.4073

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