FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Russian River Chamber of Commerce Awarding Grants of $1,000-$10,000 to Improve
the Health of the Lower Russian River Watershed
Guerneville, CA — December 3, 2018 — The Russian River Chamber of Commerce
today announced grants of $1,000 to $10,000 for projects improving the health of the
lower Russian River Watershed. Multiple projects will be funded through grant funding
originating from a “Community Investment Funds” allocation provided through the
County of Sonoma in collaboration with Sonoma County Tourism.
Grant applications open on December 3, 2018 and will be accepted until February 1st,
2019 at 5 PM. The full grant application is here RR Watershed Application and awards will be announced
on March 1, 2019.
“The health of the Russian River plays a critical role in the success of our local businesses
all year long,” said Jennifer Neeley, Board President, Russian River Chamber of
Commerce. “We are proud to be working with the County and our advocates at Sonoma
County Tourism to help identify projects that will further protect the lower Russian River
• Qualified Projects — Watershed improvements for the lower Russian River. The
lower Russian River Watershed is extends from the Wohler Bridge west to the
Ocean. Any project that impacts this area of the river is eligible to be considered.
• Qualified Applicants — 501c3 nonprofit organizations/Russian River Chamber of
Commerce Members. Grantees will be asked to provide proof of insurance and to
collaborate on program promotion.
• Grant Funds – Funding requests may be for amounts between $1,000 and
$10,000, depending on the project needs. Multiple grants will be awarded.
“Sonoma County Tourism is pleased to partner with the County of Sonoma to offer
partnership grants through the Community Investment Fund,” said Joe Bartolomei, Chair,
Sonoma County Tourism Board of Directors. “This one-time allocation allows revenue
derived from visitors to help support several local non-profit organizations. These
projects, focused on creating sustainably focused programs, will contribute to the longterm
health of Sonoma County.”
For assistance or more information, contact Executive Director Elise VanDyne of the
Russian River Chamber of Commerce at 707-869-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.