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grant guidelines

All grant applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • 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 primarily in Sonoma Valley (the geographic area from Schellville to Kenwood)
    • 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 may be used to 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
    • Capacity building efforts or infrastructure support
    • Capital expenditures as described in (3)

Grant funds may not be used for:

    • General operating expenses (except Impact Grant Finalist awards)
    • 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

Applicants are asked to adhere to the following guidelines when applying for a grant:

  • 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 Collaborator and Partner Agreement Form, signed by each partner.
  • Grant applications will be accepted from a nonprofit in two categories per grant cycle – one Impact Grant and one Community Grant.
  • Organizations may apply for only one Community Grant.
  • Organizations awarded the $100,000 Impact Grant may not apply for the $100,000 Impact Grant for the following 3 years.
  • Organizations awarded Community Grants may not apply the following year. They can reapply the year after that.
  • Nonprofits applying for the $100,000 Impact Grant as part of a collaborative project may not 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 3 years of the grant award date for the $100,000 Impact Grant, and 2 years for the Community Grants.
  • Technology – software and hardware – can be included.
  • Capital[3] expenditures may not exceed 25% of an Impact 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.
  • A fiscal agent may be used by a nonprofit when applying for a Community Grant if the nonprofit is too small to have 501(c)(3) status or if it is in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status but has not yet received it. The nonprofit must have been in operation for a minimum of two years before it is eligible to apply for a grant, even when it uses a fiscal agent. When filling out the application, it must provide the financial information for the nonprofit itself on the information form, and it must provide all of the financial documents for both itself and for the fiscal agent.

[1] Collaboration: Two or more nonprofits 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 for at least one year, and that the organization depreciates or amortizes over the asset's expected life.


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