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Applications Being Accepted for $370,000 in Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Community Grants


Date: 12/04/13

Sonoma County Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Grants--Deadline Jan. 15, 2014

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Santa Rosa, CA, December 3, 2013 -- Sonoma County nonprofit organizations are invited to submit applications for $370,000 in Community Grants from the proceeds of the 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s top charitable event, uniting the wine industry and raising $2.5 million for the Sonoma County community through a combination of charitable giving, tourism programs, and supporting local businesses and jobs.

A total of $370,000 will be donated early next year to local charitable nonprofit organizations by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation and the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation, the foundations associated with Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Grant amounts from each organization will range from $2,000 to $15,000. Priority will be given where funds are earmarked to meet a particular need rather than a continuation of ongoing basic program services. Applications must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2014 and the committee will notify all applicants of their decisions by Feb. 21, 2014.

To obtain a copy of the application and criteria, email info@sonomawinecountryweekend.com or visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.

About 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sponsors and Beneficiaries

A partnership between Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation and Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is California’s premier wine, food and social event, taking place on Labor Day weekend each year. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend’s wine community supports the Sonoma County economy, regional wine marketing efforts, and invests in the future of the region by supporting worthy charities that improve quality of life at the present and for generations to come. The events comprising Sonoma Wine Country Weekend have raised over $12 million benefitting local charities that support youth and children to ensure their success, preserve the environment for future generations, and improve the health and welfare of local communities. The 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend was presented by Visa Signature. For a complete list of beneficiaries and sponsors, visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.

About Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Foundation and Sonoma County Vintners

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a nonprofit trade organization serving over 500 members who share a mission to promote awareness of Sonoma Valley’s grapes, wine, and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation (SVVGF) is a non-profit 501c.3 organization that has raised over $8 million for local Sonoma Valley charities. For more information on the SVVGA and SVVGF, visit www.SonomaValleyWine.com.

Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 200 wineries and affiliated businesses throughout the county. Learn more about SCV at www.SonomaWine.com.

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