Grant Making in Sonoma Valley

In 2010, Sonoma Valley Fund, with Community Foundation Sonoma County, awarded $167,380 to the local community in grants and scholarships.

Sonoma Valley Fund awarded seven grants from the George and Phyllis Ellman Fund totaling $30,500 to support a diversity of work.

2010 Sonoma Valley Ellman Fund Grants AuduBon Canyon Ranch – to restore degraded habitats, protect rare and endangered species and conduct the monitoring necessary to ensure that gains in habitat restoration are maintained.

Blue Wing Adobe Preservation Committee – to produce a coordinated strategy/road map with California State Parks designed to galvanize public interest, complete essential studies, raise funds, and inspire a constituency for stabilization and reuse of this historic building.

Landpaths– to support Flowery Elementary School’s 3rd grade program, In Our Own Backyard, which connects students in the Valley through field-based activities and a grassland restoration project while supporting broader education needs.

Sonoma Community Center – to support the installation of a 5,800-gallon rainwater harvesting system to reduce water pollution in Nathanson Creek and educate the community on water supply issues and landscaping alternatives.

Sonoma Ecology Center – to support the K-12 Watershed Education Project which delivers environmental content and outdoor experiences for over 1,000 students per year in 8 – 15 hour modules held in classrooms and field locations.

Sonoma Land Trust – to create two scenic overlooks along the Loop Trail at the Glen Oaks Ranch and to increase awareness of the natural resources of Sonoma Valley and promote greater appreciation of local conservation efforts.

Sonoma Classical Music Society – to support the work of the Sonoma Classical Music Society.

Caitlin Childs