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Community Investment Fund Program

Recommended Program Changes – Tentatively Scheduled for April 16, 2019

Please note that Board date has changed, and is tentatively scheduled for April 16th. An email will be sent to Community Investment Fund partners if the date changes again.

The County Administrator’s Office is recommending that Sonoma County Board of Supervisors consider updates to the use of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), including the Community Investment Program. The recommendations come in the wake of two significant natural disasters, and new fiscal realities. As a result, the recommendation re-directs a significant amount of funding from grants to priority projects to help the County recover and develop resiliency after the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires and the 2019 Flood Disaster, and address current fiscal forecasts. 

The Board of Supervisors meeting will take place at 575 Administration Drive in Santa Rosa on April 16th, and you are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend and would like to comment on the recommended program, please email  BOS@sonoma-county.org.

Item Materials are linked below:

Summary Report (PDF: 310 kb) 
Attachment A: Draft Community Investment Fund Policy (PDF: 377 kb) 
Attachment B: Transient Occupancy Tax Use in Comparative Jurisdictions (PDF: 273 kb) 
Attachment C: Transient Occupancy Tax Four Year Funding Plan (PDF: 165 kb)

Community Investment Fund Grants for Local Events, Organizations, and Economic Development Are Open Year Round

The Community Investment Fund Policy is divided into various categories. Community Non-Profit Grants support Local Events, Organizations, and Economic Development. The Board has established this category to assist small cultural, artistic, and countywide events and organizations as well as events occurring during the off peak tourism season (November 15 through April 15) with funding for advertising and economic development efforts that promote Sonoma County and encourage visitors to frequent the county throughout the entire year. Funds can also be allocated for activities that support community organizations and will be made at the discretion of each Supervisorial District.

Events and organizations can submit this application for funding throughout the year via an online application system.

Community Investment Fund Local Events, Organizations, and Economic Development Grant Application

Board of Supervisors approved FY 2018-2019 Community Investment Fund Program Grants

On June 5th, the Board of Supervisors approved funding awards for FY 2018-2019

Funding Awards for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 (PDF: 1.3 MB)

About the Program

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors established the Community Investment Fund Program (formerly known as the Advertising Program) in 1986 utilizing Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel/Motel Tax or Bed Tax) funds. The Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) is currently charged at a rate of 12% for accommodations at lodging and camping facilities in the unincorporated areas of the county.

The Community Investment Fund Program utilizes a portion of the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to encourage tourism, economic development, and community engagement through a variety of grant award and funding avenues. The Program provides various grants to community non-profits for advertising and promoting events and the county as a visitor destination with the goal of advancing economic growth through tourism. Additionally, the program provides grants to promote agricultural promotion as well as address impacts on safety due to tourism. The Program also provides funding to the Regional Parks Department, Economic Development Department, and a number of other county department activities, all with the focus of encouraging tourism and awareness of our county.

FY 2017-2018 Community Investment Fund Grant Awards

The Board of Supervisors wishes to invest in the community by supporting economic and workforce development, community non-profit grants, community services and safety, and program integrity and administration. The Board of Supervisors also wishes to encourage tourism in the County by supporting a series of promotional, community, and cultural activities through the use of Community Investment funds for: regional and national advertising, support of the community's spirit and its art/cultural programs, and promotion of other special events as deemed consistent with the Community Investment Fund Policy. 

The Board desires to designate available funds towards projects and initiatives that stimulate and expand the county's economic vitality, improve community services and mitigate the impacts of tourism in communities, and supporting non-profit organizations and events that promote arts and cultural activities, agricultural industry, historical preservation activities, and promotional activities which enhance tourism and industry.

The Community Investment Fund Program also provides funds for county departmental activities that benefit local tourism activities and the tourist industry, and which preserve and promote Sonoma County history. 

In addition, the Board of Supervisors will track and distribute the 3% Measure L increase to TOT separately. The categories for these funds are as follows: Roads Repair and Improvement, Regional Parks, Fire Services, Affordable Housing, Code Enforcement and Operator Compliance, Event Facilities Improvements, and Tourism Impact Fund.

Contact Information

Community Investment Fund Program
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235

Community Investment Fund Program Reports and Claim Forms

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