Impact100 Sonoma has two grant award programs: the Impact $100,000 Grant and Community Grants, which award grants of $5,000 to $15,000. Each year, 65% of membership funds will support the $100,000 Impact Grant and the Impact Grant program finalists. The remaining membership funds will support the Community Grants program.
IMPACT $100,000 GRANT INFORMATION
Nonprofits may apply for a $100,000 Grant in any one of four FOCUS AREAS:
ENRICHMENT & ENVIRONMENT – Programs and initiatives essential to protecting, promoting and educating the community on the critical importance of arts and culture, the environment and recreation in creating and maintaining a thriving community. By conserving and celebrating the many facets of life, these programs promote positive change that encompasses and embraces all realms of life. Grant can be for enrichment or environment or both.
A few examples are: music, dance, theatre and visual arts for all ages; sustainable farming and community gardens; animal welfare and animal assisted therapy; environmental impact and awareness; energy efficiency; disaster preparedness and relief; and adult and children recreational programs.
PREVENTION & INTERVENTION – Programs and initiatives that address behavioral issues and help individuals to develop the skills and emotional resilience necessary to exhibit positive mental and physical health; engage in positive social behavior; and eschew crime, violence and substance abuse. Grant can be for prevention or intervention or both, with the understanding that prevention is stopping something from happening and intervention is action taken to improve a situation.
A few examples are: comprehensive physical and mental health prevention and treatment; parenting skills; early prevention and intervention programs for individuals of any age with physical, mental and emotional challenges; educational and vocational achievement; conflict resolution skills; healthy choices education; mentoring; gang diversion; domestic violence; and child and elder abuse.
SOCIAL OUTREACH – Programs and initiatives essential to strengthening and enhancing segments of the community with significant economic, educational, social, and physical needs. This population includes the elderly, single people, youth and families.
A few examples are: affordable housing; affordable health care; no cost/low cost food programs; employment; homeless services; elderly and disadvantaged people services; counseling; crisis and emergency response services; legal mediation; immigration services; and foster care and foster care emancipation programs.
WOMEN & GIRLS – Projects that promote women and/or girls safety, economic security, health, education, personal growth and leadership. We are interested in programs that promise measurable social change in our community, thereby enhancing economic self- sufficiency and leadership for women and/or the development of key life skills for girls.
A few examples are: services and housing for abused women; job skills and employment; empowerment and leadership development programs; health programs; and teen pregnancy and parenting skills.
COMMUNITY GRANTS – CAPITAL & PROGRAM GRANTS INFORMATION
CAPITAL GRANTS – The Capital Grants Program will award grants for any capital item or project an organization needs to simplify its operations or improve services. We will not be able to support capital or endowment campaigns, or software and hardware requests.
PROGRAM GRANTS – Innovation and planning projects may fund a short term project, OR, could provide critical data necessary to support the submission of proposal for additional funding from the Impact $100,000 grant in the following grant year.
- INNOVATION – Funding for a time-limited experimental program that tests the effectiveness of a current or proposed service; to test a new idea or adapt a proven program to a new situation; or existing program enhancements. We encourage and support creative thinking, “THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX”. These innovative projects will address a specific need of the community. The duration will be one year or less.
- PLANNING FOR STRATEGIC PARTNERING/COLLABORATION – A planning grant is intended for two or more organizations who provide similar, overlapping or complementary services and who wish to investigate a formal alliance for strategic partnering or collaboration. It is intended to be a small, time-limited grant, which may or may not result in a real collaboration or a formal partnership between those organizations.
Collaborations should provide enhanced and more effective quality of services than either organization presently provides. Planning will last approximately 6 to 12 months and will include a summary report on the structure and facets of the collaboration and outcomes of the project.