Community Investment Fund Program
Local Events, Organizations, District Priorities Grants for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Applications are now open
Per the Community Investment Fund Policy, $500,000 will be allocated annually to events, organizations, and Supervisorial District priorities. The funds available for this category are divided equally among Supervisorial Districts.
The Board of Supervisors invites non-profit organizations to apply for grant funding for local events that will support businesses or enhance culture, and organizations that provide a benefit to the community. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors may award funding to County Departments, to fulfill Supervisorial District priorities. Organizations can submit applications for funding via an online application system.
These grants are awarded throughout the fiscal year.
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 TOT to encourage tourism, economic development, community engagement, and community services through a variety of grant award and funding avenues. The Program provides various grants to community non-profits for local events that will support businesses or enhance culture, and organizations that provide a benefit to the community. Additionally, the program provides grants to address impacts on safety due to tourism. The Program also provides funding to the Regional Parks Department, Economic Development Department, the Policy, Grants, & Special Projects Division, and a number of other county department activities.
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, Fire Services, Affordable Housing, Code Enforcement and Operator Compliance, Event Facilities Improvements, and the Tourism Impact Fund.
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