Impact100 Sonoma’s grants work is an essential component of contributing to a just and thriving Sonoma Valley. Serving as a Grant Review Committee (GRC) member draws you into engagement with our nonprofit community. You will review the nonprofit applications, explore them in depth through site visits, and determine which proposals you believe can have the most significant impact and also have the greatest opportunity to successfully utilize the funds.
If this sounds like meaningful work, and you want to become involved, read through the questions below for more detail about Grant Review Committee participation and what to expect.
Register for a committee here.
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What do Impact100 Sonoma Grant Review Committees do?
Grant Review Committees are established annually for the winter/spring grant review season. Committee members read and review grant applications and participate in a thorough vetting process that leads to recommending finalists to be voted on by the entire Impact100 Sonoma membership.
Is there a calendar for the Grant Review Committees? How much time does it take?
Our grant review season will take place on a timeline from January – April 2024. Most meetings will be held in person, though some site visits may be held via Zoom. Committee members will be expected to devote approximately 20-25 hours of their time to the process. Key dates for 2024 are in the Grant Review Committee Calendar on the right side of this page.
What qualifications do I need?
The basic qualifications to join a Grant Review Committee include:
If I have served on a committee previously, do I need to register again this year?
Yes. You must register anew every year for a GRC, even if you are leading a committee! This is to ensure you are familiar with any new dates and responsibilities, but most importantly, you must fill out a new confidentiality agreement and conflict of interest form each year.
How can I register for a GRC?
Register by filling out the following form (and reading all the requirements therein):
2024 Committee Registration Form.
Read the section below for information about serving on the Financial Review Committee.
What are the next steps after I register?
Serve on the Financial Review Committeetee
What does the Impact100 Sonoma Financial Review Committee do?
The function of the Financial Review Committee (FRC) is to act as the fiduciary for Impact100 to assure members that all the nonprofits who apply for grants have the financial viability and stability to insure they can meet the representations made in their grant application. The FRC reviews the financial statements and other financial data provided by the nonprofit in support of its grant application. It is an entity-focused financial review, not a grant-focused qualitative review, that is the focus of the Grant Review Committees (GRCs).
The FRC's work is intensely focused over a three-week period in January and involves two committee meetings during which we review the financials of every vetted grant applicant. If you have a strong financial background, and are interested in the opportunity to serve on the FRC, please email Barbara Morrison or Marney Malik and they will contact you to discuss the necessary qualifications.
For further questions regarding serving on or registering for a 2024 Committee, please contact:
Grant Review Committee Calendar
All dates and times subject to change.
Meeting locations TBA.
Grant Review Committee Resources
If you are new to Impact100 grant review, or simply want a refresher on the process, please watch these two brief explanatory videos prior to the first in-person training:
Grant Review Committee Training Modules
If you would like to know more about core mission funding and its importance to our Sonoma Valley nonprofits, please watch this informative presentation by Impact100 member and Catalyst Fund Grants Chair, Diana Sanson:
From The Center for Effective Philanthropy comes this blog post further describing Why Giving for Core Mission Support Matters.
Grant Review Committee Resource Documents (Members only; you must be logged in to open):
If you have any questions about training or the Grant Review process, in addition to our Grants Chairs, you may contact:
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