Direct Covid-19 relief assistance was provided to furloughed winery/restaurant employees and local frontline agencies. Apple iPads were purchased for community healthcare providers and used for vaccine distribution. A pharmaceutical grade freezer was purchased for use at vaccine clinics to preserve as many doses as possible. A $10,000 donation was dispersed specifically for personal protection equipment (PPE) at vaccine sites and for clinic operations.
Community Grants are broadly accessible, responsive grants that address pressing needs in Sonoma County. In the past five years grants have been distributed to over 400 organizations dedicated to education & literacy, health & human services, the environment, and arts & culture.
Emergency Relief Fund
The SCVF Emergency Relief Fund was established in 2017 to address the immediate needs of our local community impacted by a natural disaster and other emergencies in a timely manner. This fund adapts to the needs of the Sonoma County community as unfortunate situations arise.
SCVF Community Grants
The Community Grants program through the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation are broadly accessible, responsive grants that address the most pressing needs in Sonoma County. In the past five years grants have been distributed to over 400 organizations dedicated to education & literacy, health & human services, the environment, and arts & culture.
Philanthropic Partner: Community Foundation Sonoma County
Community Foundation Sonoma County aids the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation in the grant application process and more, providing a valuable service to the community as a liaison for nonprofits. Established in 1983, the Community Foundation Sonoma County helps individuals, families, business and nonprofit organizations create charitable funds. Since its inception, the Community Foundation Sonoma County and their donors have awarded $240 million in grants. It is their mission to connect people, ideas and resources to benefit all who live in Sonoma County. Community Foundation Sonoma County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
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Arts & Culture Grants
Provide arts education and foster a love of learning and creativity for both youth and adults.
WHAT IT MEANS
Thank you to Sonoma County Vintners Foundation for a generous grant to Cinnabar Theater supporting the Youth Programs in our Young Repertory division. The grant enabled us to offer 10 scholarships to deserving youth to attend our Musical Theater Summer Camp. Much gratitude!!
Provide opportunities focused on literacy for workplace, career and post-secondary learning for youth, and support the well-being of youth impacted by trauma-related events.
WHAT IT MEANS
We are so proud to partner with SCVF and SFSC to support our local students. By building a leveled reader library, Valley Vista Elementary School teachers can take students through each step necessary to reach complete literacy. The funding from this grant purchased shared leveled-reading libraries with packs of six or eight books at each level of support in class and intervention reading groups, as well as providing books that students take home for practice. This partnership is creating opportunities for all students on campus to achieve their academic goals while developing a love of reading.
Provide for conservation and restoration of environmentally significant land, waterways and wildlife habitats.
WHAT IT MEANS
The retaining walls funded by SCVF protected Upper Johnson Trail so that major trail reconstruction was not needed and the trail could reopen sooner. The retaining walls also preserved the environment by preventing erosion, which facilitated plant regrowth in the burn area. Park use in all 50+ Sonoma County Regional Parks has skyrocketed as a result of COVID. Now more than ever, it is critical for Regional Parks to be able to offer as many park and trail options as possible for Sonoma County residents. This grant facilitated the return of a key trail in the Regional Parks system.
Sonoma County Vintners partnered with TotalWellness and American AgCredit to provide a dedicated Sonoma County workforce active COVID-19 testing program for Sonoma County wineries. The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation and American AgCredit subsidized a portion of testing costs to make this program as approachable as possible to those needing tests.
$145,000 donation was made to organizations including Corazón Healdsburg for the Winery and Restaurant Employee Assistance Program for employees of wineries and restaurants that were furloughed due to COVID-19.
$50,000 grant was made to United Way of the Wine Country to support flood recovery and relief efforts in Sonoma County. United Way of the Wine Country leveraged this $50,000 gift as a matching gift on donations made by all other donors to its Sonoma County Flood Recovery & Wellness Fund.
$25,000 grant was made to the Larkfield Resilience Fund, a Tubbs fire relief program for the Larkfield community on February 15, 2019 to support their Neighborhood Greening Program.
$25,000 grant was made to the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation to purchase gift cards to support local farmworkers.
$30,000 grant was made to Corazón Healdsburg to support the community affected by the fires by providing gift cards and community and family support services.
$25,000 grant was made on May 22, 2019 to the Mark West Community Preschool to support renovations, due to the loss of their school in the fire.
Our Sonoma County community has faced incredible challenges these last few years and the need for assistance is greater than ever. We are fortunate that the Sonoma County Wine Auction brings together the generosity of our wonderful wine community and guest bidders to support SCVF and invest in our community every year.
President, Sonoma County Vintners Foundation
Sonoma County Vintners Foundation (SCVF) is an accredited 501c(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1988. Its purpose is to consistently support local nonprofit organizations that address issues within the Sonoma County community. The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation cultivates a vibrant and diverse Sonoma County by elevating lives through charitable events and philanthropic giving. Our fundraising efforts have a direct impact in the areas of literacy, education, health & human services, the environment and arts & culture. With the Foundation’s many initiatives including the Emergency Relief Fund, we have the ability to impact all needs, ranging from the immediate to the long term.