Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines 2014/2015

Eligibility Criteria: All applicants for either an Impact Grant or Community Grant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Not be a faith-based organization*
  • Be in operation for at least 36 months prior to applying for the Impact Grant and 24 months for a Community Grant
  • Be registered with the Registry of Charitable Trusts, State of California Department of Justice
  • Provide services to Sonoma Valley in the geographic area ranging from Kenwood to Schellville
  • Serve residents and expend 100% of Impact100 grant funds in the Sonoma Valley

Guidelines: All applicants for either an Impact Grant or Community Grant must meet the following guidelines:

  • Expend grant funds within 24 months of grant award date
  • Technology can be included in a proposal request as a capital expense, if the technology is integral to the proposal program or project
  • For all grant (excluding the Capital Community Grant) capital expenditures may not exceed 25% of the full grant amount.
  • A Fiscal Agent** may not be used by a nonprofit when applying for an Impact Grant unless the proposed project is a Collaborative Project*** involving two or more nonprofits.
  • Impact Grant winners may not apply again for 3 years from their grant. No limitation on when Community Grant winners may reapply.
  • Grant applications will be accepted from the same nonprofit in two categories per grant cycle as follows: (1) An Impact Grant Application and ONE Community Grant Application, or, (2) Two Community Grant Applications in two of the three categories, Capital, Innovation, Planning for Strategic Partnership / Collaboration
  • A collaborative group of nonprofits that apply for an Impact Grant as a Collaborative Project, and win the Impact Grant, will be eligible to apply for an Impact Grant in the next year’s grant cycle either individually or in a different collaboration
  • Nonprofits applying for an Impact Grant as part of a Collaborative Project will not be eligible to apply in the same grant cycle for an Impact Grant as an individual organization
  • Community Grant winners may reapply annually
  • A nonprofit with a Fiscal Agent relationship agreement with another nonprofit applying for a Community Grant, is eligible to apply for a separate grant for their organization within the same grant cycle.

* Clarification of Faith-Based Policy:
No individual grants will be made to faith-based organizations. However, a faith-based organization may be part of a collaborative grant application, provided that: a non-faith-based organization that is a 501 (c) 3 is the lead applicant; that the faith-based organization is not the fiscal agent; that no inherently religious activities are performed; that the proposed project is in alignment with Impact100 Sonoma’s funding priorities; and that the proposed project services will benefit Sonoma Valley residents without regard to their religious affiliation or lack of religious affiliation.

** Definition of Fiscal Agent and Associated Guidelines:
An organization that has an established 501(c)(3) status and is willing to manage the grant funds, passing them through to the 501(c)(3) organization (principal) that will carry out the project. Fiscal Agent enters an agreement to accept donations on behalf of a tax-exempt organization that does not meet the financial criteria Impact100 Sonoma has set for receiving a grant, and/or doesn’t have the infrastructure to manage funds and provide the required record- keeping.

The Fiscal Agent in the fiscal agency relationship acts on behalf of the principal — the 501(c)(3) organization that receives the pass- through grant — and has financial control over the donation, but does not have management control over the project the funds are intended to support. The Fiscal Agent acts as the pass-through organization to allow another organization to receive the donation. The principal has an obligation to provide information to the Fiscal Agent so that proper reporting may be made to Impact100 Sonoma. No fees shall be paid to a Fiscal Agent with the grant funds received from Impact100 Sonoma.

*** Definition of A Collaborative Project:
A group of nonprofit organizations applying collectively in a collaborative effort where each organization will have the responsibility of managing and contributing to the proposed project in a significant manner. In such a case, one participating nonprofit would need to be identified as the Fiscal Agent, and it would be responsible for the financial management of Impact100 Sonoma grant funds.

Last updated 1-17-2014