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 w