Our Grants


Arts Education Framework Consultancy Awards

An education in the arts is an essential and necessary part of every student’s development. The arts provide experiences that build confidence, character, creativity, and camaraderie. Funded by the California County Superintendents Educational Services, these awards will allow elementary school districts to get the help they need to make arts education an essential component of their plans to create a better future for their students. 

COVID-19 Arts Relief Grants for Organizations

The COVID-19 Arts Relief Grants for Organizations (CARGO) Program has been established as a partnership between the Community Foundation Sonoma County and Creative Sonoma, to provide relief to Sonoma County nonprofit arts organizations that have sustained economic losses due to COVID-19 and the resulting business and community health restrictions. 

Cultural Arts Grants

The County of Sonoma established a one-time fund to be administered by Creative Sonoma during the 2019-2020 fiscal year to support cultural arts activities across Sonoma County. Funds will be awarded for activities – ranging from regular programming to special events – that occur between November 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Discovered Awards for Emerging Visual and Literary Artists 

Respect, credibility and visibility for some of Sonoma County’s lesser known visual and literary artists are the goals of the biennial Discovered program. Five visual artists and five literary artists will be recognized through a cash award, an exhibition, public readings, and a professionally designed catalogue and anthology awardees’ visual and literary work. This grant is funded in partnership with the Community Foundation Sonoma County, with additional funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Next Level Grants for Musicians 

We all benefit from the gift of music – whether at a community breakfast, in the concert hall, or through the solitary solace of ear buds.  Helping our local musicians advance their careers to the level that they can continue to make us happy while making themselves money is the purpose of the Next Level Grants. This program is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Pop Up Creativity Grants

Is creativity visible in your community? Do you have ideas for ways to infuse creativity in surprising or new ways into its fabric? This opportunity will fund projects that are temporary creative experiences, installations, or objects that are accessible and/or located in public places or within public view. Individuals, organizations and companies may apply. 

Recovery & Response Grants 

Initially created in response to the 2017 Northern California Wildfires, Creative Sonoma initiated multiple recovery and response grant opportunities for creatives and creative organizations and businesses. This program is opened whenever there is relief, recovery or response funding available as a response to a local disaster.

NOTE: As we obtain funding to distribute for COVID-19 relief and recovery for creatives, the Recovery & Response Grants will be marked as “Now Open.” Please also visit the Emergency Funds page for other relief resources. 

Youth Impact Grants 

This funding is designed to invest in the healthy development of our youth ages 4-18, and to address disparities of their access to the arts. These grants will also endeavor to increase and support community-based partnerships to enhance the overall impact. Those who have an innovative, equitable approach to expanding access to arts learning or education are encouraged to apply. This new grant program (as of Spring 2020) is a consolidation of the former Arts Education Innovation Grants and the Summer Arts Youth Program Grants. 



Arts Education Framework Planning Grants

This 2020 grant program provided grants to Sonoma County public schools and districts to plan for implementation of the Arts Education Framework.

Arts Education Innovation Grants 

This grant program and the Summer Arts Youth Program Grants (SAYPG) have been consolidated into one grant program, now known as the the Youth Impact Grants

Summer Arts Youth Program Grants 

This grant program and the Arts Education Innovation Grants (AEIG) have been consolidated into one grant program, now known as the the Youth Impact Grants

Teaching Artist Residencies

Creative Sonoma offers free teaching artist residencies to Sonoma County K-12 public and charter schools through December 2019, or as funds allow. The residencies are based on best practices of trauma-informed arts instruction to build resilience and encourage empathy. These residences are funded in partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education.