Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines 2016/2017

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. This includes planning for collaborations.

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 an individual organization. They can apply for a Community Grant in the same grant cycle.
  • A collaborative group of nonprofits that applies 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 36 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. Community Grants applications with capital expenditures of more than 25% of the total budget are considered capital grants and should apply in the capital category.
  • 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 the clients or other resources from other organizations.

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


Updated 9/15/2016