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, Impact100 Sonoma membership funds will support the $100,000 Impact Grant and the Impact Finalist Grants (maximum of $20,000). The remaining membership funds will support the Community Grants program.
Please note: A nonprofit organization may apply as the lead organization for NO MORE than two grants within a single year – either the $100,000 Impact Grant and one of the Community Grants OR two Community Grants.
$100,000 IMPACT GRANT INFORMATION
The Impact Grant does not need to align to a particular focus area. Instead, all applicants will simply submit a proposal that best serves their target community. The $100,000 Impact Grant can be spent over two years. Each proposal will be reviewed as described below.
COMMUNITY GRANTS INFORMATION
This year there are two types of Community Grants: Capital and Program. Awards are between $5,000 and $15,000 in both categories. An acknowledgement of all partners and collaborators in the project is required as part of the application.
CAPITAL GRANTS – Capital Grants will be awarded for any capital 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. The Community Program Grant is to be spent over 12 months. A Community Grant Program application can fund a short-term project or could provide critical pilot data necessary to support a proposal for the Impact $100,000 grant in the following grant year. We encourage you to “think outside the box” as to how to enhance your programs.
 A capital expenditure is an asset that the non-profit intends to hold and derive benefit from for a period of one year, and that the non-profit organization depreciates or amortizes over the assets expected life.
For Impact Grants
Applications will be randomly assigned to a committee for review based on the date and time received. The vetting process within each committee is consistent: review of Letter of Inquiry (LOI), review of the financials by the Financial Review Committee, review of full proposals, and site visits. At the end of this process, all committee members will meet together to select a slate of 3-5 finalists to present to the members at the Impact100 Sonoma Grants Awards & Celebration for their vote.
For Community Grants
The Community Grants process is similar to the Impact Grant, with a few differences. Applications will be assigned to a committee for review based on the category (program or capital). The vetting process within each committee is consistent: review of full proposals, review of the financials by the Financial Review Committee, and then site visits. At the end of this process, each committee selects a slate of finalists to present to the members for voting. Voting is done online and the grantees are announced at the Impact100 Sonoma Grants Awards & Celebration.
Questions regarding grant guidelines, processes or forms, contact:
- Impact Grant:
Cathy Gorham, Impact Grant Chair:
- Community Grants:
Diana Sanson, Community Grants Chair:
- Amy Rassen, Grants Oversight Chair:
Last updated 09-03-15