Grant Funds may be used for:
- General operating funds, capacity building, capital purchases, special programs/projects, and sponsorships (excluding those for fundraising purposes)
- Specific short-term projects to be completed within one year of receipt of funds
Eligibility Criteria: Nonprofit organizations must:
- Legally operate as one of the following:
- Tax exempt under IRS code 501c3 and registered with the Registry of the Charitable Trusts, State of California Department of Justice for a minimum of two years and be in sound financial condition.
- Under the formal fiscal sponsorship of another organization’s 501c3 status for a minimum of two years and be in sound financial condition.
- As a program of a local government entity; or an un-endowed foundation which was developed to support a public entity, (e.g., a public school foundation or Friends of the Commission on Aging)
- Be non-discriminatory on the basis of race, gender, sexual identification or orientation, spiritual beliefs, national origin or immigration status.
- Operate as a program or project within the following five charitable sectors: (grant proposals must state which sector they represent to support grant funding in diverse sectors)
- Arts & Culture
- Human Services
- Operate a program or project in the geographical area of Sonoma County
- The following are ineligible for Community Grants:
- Organizations and/or projects aimed to solely benefit Sonoma Valley residents
- Organizations and/or projects that exclusively serve religious purposes and/or require religious activity as a condition of receiving services
- International projects
- Legislation and public policy and/or lobbying
- Receipt of a Community Grant does not impact an organization’s eligibility for an Impact Grant and vice versa. Awardees of a Community Grant may not apply for another Community Grant the following year, but may apply thereafter.
Exclusion Criteria: Community Grants May Not be used for:
- Debt reduction or operational deficits
- Grants to individuals
- Private foundations
- Endowment funding
- Interim or bridge funding
- Partisan, legislative, or political activity
- Fees paid to a grant writer or for fundraising activities
- Projects of religious organizations or bodies of worship, unless the project is secular in nature
- Annual appeals or fundraising drives, activities or events
- General capital campaigns unrelated to a specific project