Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines 2015/2016


Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for the $100,000 Impact Grant or a Community Grant must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a grant from Impact100 Sonoma:

  • Be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Be in operation for at least 36 months prior to applying for the Impact Grant and 24 months prior to applying for a Community Grant
  • Provide services in the geographic area ranging from Kenwood to Schellville
  • Provide services to benefit residents of Sonoma Valley
  • Expend 100% of funds awarded by Impact100 Sonoma in Sonoma Valley
  • Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply if the faith-based organization is part of a collaborative grant application. The faith-based organization may not be the lead agency or the fiscal agent. No inherently religious activities are allowed to be performed in the proposed project.
Grant Funds Must Support:
  • An existing program with specific program analysis data and outcomes
  • The expansion of an existing program
  • Launching a new program
  • A new or existing collaborative effort between one or more agencies.
Grant Funds May Not Be Used in These Ways:
  • General operating expenses
  • Debt reduction or operational deficits
  • Grants to individuals
  • Private foundations
  • Endowment funding
  • Interim or bridge funding
  • Partisan, legislative, or political activity
  • Projects of religious organizations or bodies of worship
  • Annual appeals or fundraising drives, activities, or events
  • General capital campaigns unrelated to a specific project
Guidelines for All Applications:
  • Proposals submitted by applicants as a collaborative[1] effort must complete the Collaborator and Partner Agreement Form, signed by each agency.
  • Applicants noting the existence of project partners[2] must complete the Collaboration/Partnership Form, signed by each partner.
  • Grant applications will be accepted from a nonprofit in two categories per grant cycle as follows: (1) An Impact Grant Application and one Community Grant Application, or, (2) One Community Grant Application in each of the two categories: Program and Capital.
  • Nonprofits applying for the $100,000 Impact Grant as part of a Collaborative Project will not be eligible to apply in the same grant cycle for the $100,000 Impact Grant as a an individual organization.
  • A collaborative group of nonprofits that apply for the $100,000 Impact Grant as a Collaborative Project, and are awarded the Impact Grant, will be eligible to apply for an Impact Grant in the next year’s grant cycle, either individually or if part of a different collaboration.
  • Grant funds must be expended within 24 months of the grant award date for the $100,000 Impact Grant and 12 months for the Impact Finalist Grants and Community Grants.
  • Technology – software and hardware – can be included in a proposal if it is integral to the proposed program or project.
  • Capital[3] expenditures may not exceed 25% of an Impact Grant request or a Community Program Grant request.
  • A nonprofit with a Fiscal Agent relationship agreement with another nonprofit that is also applying for a Community Grant, is eligible to apply for a separate grant for their organization within the same grant cycle.
  • A Fiscal Agent may not be used by a nonprofit when applying for the $100,000 Impact Grant unless the proposed project is a Collaborative Project involving two or more nonprofits.
  • Organizations awarded Impact Grants may not apply for the $100,000 Impact Grant for the following 3 years.
  • Organizations awarded Community Grants are welcome to reapply annually.


[1] Collaboration: Two or more non-profits share resources and have joint responsibility for managing and carrying out the proposed project. In such a case, one participating nonprofit needs to be identified as the Lead Agency, and is responsible for the financial management of Impact100 Sonoma grant funds.

[2] Partnership: For example, to carry out the proposed project the applicant relies on clients of other organizations.

[3] A capital expenditure is for as an asset that the owner intends to hold and derive benefit from for a period of one year, and that the owner depreciates or amortizes over the assets expected life.

Updated 8/31/2015