Community Grants – Listing of Grants Given

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Below is a list of the grants given each year. Also listed are the nonprofits (nominated by members) who submitted applications, cleared the vetting process, and met all our grant criteria as determined by the Community Grants Committee.




The grant funded NextGen Trades Academy program that annually serves up to 85 disadvantaged youth, ages 16-24, by providing introductory construction training, career preparedness skills and employment opportunities in Sonoma County.


The grant helped PDI Surgery Center treat approximately 53 low-income children with severe tooth decay, and reduce dental decay with prevention education, support in accessing health insurance, and promotion of oral health.


Russian Riverkeeper used the $10,000 to purchase a used 34-ton diesel truck for Clean River Alliance staff to haul trash from the river and other sites to disposal. They had secured $27,540 and needed the additional $10,000 to purchase a truck that can haul up to 6,500 pounds of trash per load with their dump trailer.


The Living Room serves homeless women and children. The grant was used to add more toilets in their bathroom, and therefore help more women who visit their facility. The grant covered the materials, labor and permits while The Living Room worked with a local contractor who helped modify the bathroom.


The grant focuses on addicted mothers and their children. WRS supports vulnerable young women and children, treats their addiction, and guides the women’s recovery and care for their children. Women are helped to find stable housing with their children, pursue education and find jobs.

Nominees 2019 – Audobon Canyon Ranch, Artstart, Brush Creek Montessori School, Cinnabar Theater, Compassion Without Borders, Conservation Action Fund for Education, Conservation Corps, Corazon Healdsburg, Free to Be, Green Music Center, Laguna de Santa Rosa, Landpaths, Legal Aid of Sonoma County, LifeWorks, LiteracyWorks Center, Lomi School Foundation, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, NAMI Sonoma County, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Paws as Loving Support Assistance, PDI Surgery Center, Point Blue Conservation Science, Rebuilding Together Petaluma, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Russian RiverKeeper, Sebastopol Area Senior Center, Shakti Rising, Sonoma Co. Chapter Girls on the Run, Sonoma County Philharmonic, The Bird Rescue Center, The Friends of the Petaluma River, The Lime Foundation, The Living Room, Weaving Earth, Welfare League, Women’s Recovery Services.


CATHOLIC CHARITIES will provide culturally sensitive emergency outreach assistance to help immigrant victims of violent crimes come out of the shadows and seek justice.

CHILDRENS MUSEUM OF SONOMA COUNTY will provide hands-on, science-related learning and creative expression for children ages 10 and under through a new, Outdoor Learning Lab.

ROSELAND COMMUNITY PREP CHARTER SCHOOL will provide essential college preparation experiences for students and their families, including college campus tours, adult mentors for juniors and seniors, and parent education workshops.

SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE FOUNDATION – CHILDREN’S CENTER will provide infant/toddler and preschool children of disadvantaged SRJC students with healthy meals to help minimize their food insecurity.

SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM “Simply Strings” will provide after-school music education to children in the Roseland area to foster academic success, emotional health, and prosocial skills.

Nominees 2018 – Alexander Valley Film Society, Catholic Charities, Children’s Museum, Conservation Corps North Bay, Face 2 Face, Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Green Dog Rescue Project, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Healthcare Foundation, Laguna de Santa Rosa, Land Paths, Latino Service Providers, Lifeworks of Sonoma County, Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, Matrix Parent Network, Mentor Me, North Bay Organizing Project, On The Move, Roseland Charter School, Santa Rosa Symphony, School Garden Network, Sonoma County Rises, SRJC Foundation – Children’s Center, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, The College Tee Project, West County Health Centers, Women’s Recovery Services, YWCA


ARTSTART will offer art classes as a shared experience for foster children and their Court Appointed Special Advocates

CERES COMMUNITY PROJECT will complete the installation of a 1/3 acre vegetable garden at the SAY Dream Center in Santa Rosa

CLEAN RIVER ALLIANCE will expand its program to teach homeless people clean camping skills and trash removal while keeping the Russian River clean

THE LIVING ROOM will provide 600 food-to-go meals, and simple cooking classes, to homeless women and children in Sonoma County

PDI SURGERY CENTER will distribute 3,460 oral health kits, and essential information about dental care and services, to low-income families in Sonoma County

Nominees 2017 – Alexander Valley Film Society, Alzheimer’s Association, ArtStart, Bergin University of Canine Studies, Cal Alum Club of Oakmont, Ceres Community Project, Child Parent Institute,  Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, Chops, Clean River Alliance, Community Action Partnership (Sloan House), Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County, Community Housing Sonoma County, Daily Acts, Dogwood Animal Rescue, Laguna de Santa Rosa, Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Service, Lifeworks of Sonoma County, Mentor Me, New Horizon School and Learning Center, North Bay Letterpress Arts, North Bay Organizing Project, PDI Surgery Center, Raises Collective, Restorative Resources (Guerneville Schools Project), Rincon Valley Education Foundation, Roseland Collegiate Prep, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (Cancer Survivorship Program), Sonoma County Trails Council, Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue, Sonoma Humane Society, The Living Room, Village Network of Petaluma, Wine Country Arts Council, Women’s Recovery Services, YWCA


  1. Community Support Network’s Sanctuary House – extend the contract of the counselor working with the young adults at the sanctuary house. These young adults are homeless and/or transitioning from foster care.
  2. PALS (Paws as Loving Support) assistance dog program – work with at-risk youth at Journey High teaching them to train service dogs for children with disabilities.
  3. Sonoma County Public Library Foundation’s free bookmobile – increase service of the bookmobile by putting it on the road more often thus increasing the populations served
  4. SRJC Foundation’s HEP (High School Diploma) program – provide parking permits and bookstore vouchers to students so that they can continue their schooling
  5. UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma’s food recovery coalition – develop a food recovery directory and a food waste awareness campaign

Nominees 2016 – 6th Street Playhouse, 10,000 Degrees, ArtStart, Belos Cavalos, Bergin University of Canine Studies, Boost-United Cerebral Palsy North Bay, Cal Alumni Club, Chops Teen Club, Chrysalis, Community Support Network, Compassion without Borders, Congregation Beth Ami – Community Nursery School, Council on Aging, Daily Acts, Down Syndrome Association, Earle Baum Center, F.I.S.H., Free Bookmobile – Sonoma County Library Foundation, Listening for a Change, Living Room, Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Association, Matsuri Festival, North Bay Organizing Project, Paws as Loving Support (PALS), Pony Express, Petaluma Small Craft Center (River Town Racers), School Garden Network, Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation, Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation, University of California – Food Recovery Coalition