Grant Information

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.

Please note: A nonprofit organization may apply as the lead organization for NO MORE than two grants within a single year – either the Impact Grant and one of the Community Grants OR any two of the Community Grants.


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. Each proposal will be reviewed as described below.

The review process:
The applications will be randomly assigned to a committee for review based on the date and time received. The vetting process within each committee will remain the same: 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 review, all committees will meet together to select a slate of 3-4 finalists to present to the members at the annual meeting for their vote.


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.

Questions regarding grant guidelines, processes or forms, contact:

Last updated 11_23_2014