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Grants to Sonoma Valley, California Nonprofits for Programs
and Capital Projects to Benefit the Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Impact100 Sonoma

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

01/18/18 8:00 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Sonoma Valley, California nonprofit organizations for programs and capital projects that will address local community needs. All grants must benefit the area from Kenwood to Schellville. Technology requests are also eligible for consideration. Programs and projects may be collaborative in nature.

Capital Grants – Capital Grants will be awarded for any capital[1] item or capital intensive project an organization wishes to implement to enhance its operations or improve its programs/services. We do not support capital or endowment campaigns.

Program Grants – A Program Grant can fund an existing program, expansion of an existing program, or a new program/project. Included are grants for planning or collaboration as well as for testing a new idea or a proven successful program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177179

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount per grant will be $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be expended within 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for a Community Grant must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:

- Be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Be in operation for at least 36 months prior to applying for the Impact Grant and 24 months prior to applying for a Community Grant
- Provide services in the geographic area ranging from Kenwood to Schellville
- Provide services to benefit residents of Sonoma Valley
- Expend 100% of funds awarded by Impact100 Sonoma in Sonoma Valley
- Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply if the faith-based organization is part of a collaborative grant application. The faith-based organization may not be the lead agency or the fiscal agent. No inherently religious activities are allowed to be performed in the proposed project.

Grant applications will be accepted from a nonprofit in one of the two categories (Program category or Capital category).

A fiscal agent may be used by a nonprofit when applying for a Community Grant if the nonprofit is too small to have 501C3 status or if it is in the process of applying for 501C3 status but has not yet received it. The nonprofit must have been in operation for a minimum of two years before it is eligible to apply for a grant, even when it uses a fiscal agent. When filling out the application, it must provide the financial information for the nonprofit itself on the information form, and it must provide all of the financial documents for both itself and for the fiscal agent.

A nonprofit with a Fiscal Agent relationship agreement with another nonprofit that is also applying for a Community Grant is eligible to apply for a separate grant for their organization within the same grant cycle.

Organizations awarded Community Grants may not apply the following year. They can reapply the year after that.

Technology (software and hardware) can be included in a proposal if it is integral to the proposed program or project.

Capital expenditures may not exceed 25% of an Impact Grant request or a Community Program Grant request. Community Grants applications with capital expenditures of more than 25% of the total budget are considered capital grants and should apply in the capital category.

Grant funds may not be used in these ways:

- General operating expenses
- Debt reduction or operational deficits
- Grants to individuals
- Private foundations
- Endowment funding
- Interim or bridge funding
- Partisan, legislative, or political activity
- Projects of religious organizations or bodies of worship
- Annual appeals or fundraising drives, activities, or events
- General capital campaigns unrelated to a specific project

Pre-proposal Conference:

Any and all nonprofits are cordially invited to attend the following events, taking place at the Vintage House, 264 First Street East.

- Educational Symposium: October 18, 2017, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
- Grant Application Workshop: November 14, 2017, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Pre-Application Information:

Community Grant Proposals and all required documents must be submitted no later than 8:00 PM on January 18, 2018.

All grant finalists will be announced on May 16, 2018. Impact100 Sonoma members vote by individual online ballot to select the programs and projects to receive the Community Grants.

Vote results will be announced on June 9, 2018 at the Impact100 Sonoma Grant Awards Celebration at Hanna Boys Center.

Community Grant funds will be disbursed in full once the Grant Agreement has been signed.



Application process:



Contact Information:

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

Submit all material by email to

For questions, contact Margaret Grandy, Community Grants Chair, at the above email address.

Impact100 Sonoma
P. O. Box 1958
Sonoma, CA 95476

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Sonoma Valley, ranging from Kenwood to Schellville