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2021 Grants Overview

We acknowledge the enormous challenges facing our nonprofit community at this uncertain and difficult time.  After much deliberation and reflection, and working within the parameters of Impact100’s membership model, we have elected to try to help the most people as quickly as possible.

Impact100 Sonoma is introducing IMPETUS GRANTS for 2021, which will provide up to $25,000 of funding for strengthening and sustaining an organization’s core mission.

Just as our Grants decision in 2020 was intended to provide rapid assistance at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Impetus Grants are meant to do what their name implies; provide a boost on the road to long-term resilience and recovery. 

  • Impetus Grants will be our only type of grant for 2021

  • We will select recipients through a streamlined and highly expedited process; our Grant Awards Celebration will be on March 31, 2021

  • While grant funds can be spent immediately, we will allow them to be spent over the course of two years

  • Impetus Grants will be for 2021 only; we expect to return in 2022 to our usual model of Impact and Community Grants

im • pe • tus - noun

a) driving force

b) incentive or stimulus

c) encouragement resulting in increased activity

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Eligibility Requirements

Review the following eligibility requirements to be sure that both your organization and your proposal meet the criteria for an Impetus Grant from Impact100 Sonoma. Consult the FAQs.

Organizations eligible to apply for Impact100 grants must be:

  • Tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Located in and/or serve residents of Sonoma Valley (the geographic area from Schellville to Kenwood)
  • In possession of at least 2 full years (24 months) of independently prepared, audited or reviewed financial statements
  • Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply only 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
Applicants should:
  • Propose the use of Impact100’s grant for programs, services, infrastructure, capacity building, technology or other budgetary needs that support the organization’s core mission. For example, Impetus Grants can be used as follows:
    • Capacity building or infrastructure support
    • Programmatic needs
    • Planning initiatives
    • Capital expenditures
    • Collaborative efforts

Grants will not be provided and may not be used for:
  • Endowment funding
  • Individuals or private foundations
  • Activities that are religious or political in nature
  • Fund drives, annual appeals, fundraising events, or general capital campaigns

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.
  • A fiscal agent may be used by a nonprofit when applying for an Impetus 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. The application must include the financial information for the nonprofit itself on the information form and must provide all of the financial documents for both nonprofit and the fiscal agent.
  • A nonprofit with a fiscal agent relationship agreement with another nonprofit that is also applying for an Impetus Grant is eligible to apply for a separate grant for their organization within the same grant cycle.

[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.

Proposal Expectations

Our 2021 Impetus Grants are intended to assist with an organization’s long-term recovery. In evaluating proposals, we will focus on how funding from Impact100 can help an organization develop more strength and resilience, and how, in turn, that will affect the strength of our community.

APPLICANTS SHOULD:

  • Explain how their proposal will benefit our community
  • Explain how they have adapted to provide services and programs related to their core mission during COVID-19
  • Demonstrate financial stability sufficient to survive a continuing downturn
  • Use grant funds to strengthen their organization and to build long-term resilience and sustainability
  • Have a plan that will demonstrate the impact of the Impetus Grant funds

QUESTIONS? Please visit our FAQs.

COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS for applying for a grant can be found here.

For further questions regarding grant guidelines or the application process, please contact:

IMPETUS GRANTS:

GRANTS OVERSIGHT: Dana Simpson-Stokes - dana@impact100sonoma.org

ADVISOR: Margaret Grandy - margaret@impact100sonoma.org 

COMMITTEE REGISTRATION: Susan Staggs - susan@impact100sonoma.org



IMPACT100: OUR VALUES

COMMUNITY

We believe in Community because we're stronger when we work together. Our philanthropy enables nonprofit organizations serving the Sonoma Valley to grow and flourish, creating a community in which our inhabitants thrive, our natural landscapes are protected, and the special character of Sonoma Valley is preserved, supported and celebrated.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

We believe in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). We prioritize DEI in our organization and in our philanthropy because we believe all people deserve to be respected and valued. Within our organization, we emphasize a participatory grantmaking process, while we also strive for DEI in our membership recruitment. We believe our grant recipients must acknowledge the importance of incorporating DEI into their organizational mission, vision and values.

RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP

We believe in Responsible Stewardship of the funds we receive from our members. We use 100% of membership donations to accomplish our Mission, while building a focus on trust-based philanthropy. We encourage partnerships and collaboration to improve the long-term sustainability of our nonprofit community. 

EMPOWERMENT 

We believe in Empowering our members to become more engaged in our community. We provide our members the opportunity to learn about the goals and needs of nonprofits operating in Sonoma Valley in order to develop a better understanding of the challenges facing our community, and ways in which we can create positive change through the power of collective philanthropy.


OUR VISION

A Thriving Sonoma Valley

OUR MISSION

Empowering women of Sonoma Valley to invest in a more sustainable nonprofit community through collective giving and responsible stewardship

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P.O. Box 1958
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 939-5007
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