Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Overview Questions

What is the Impact 100 Garden State process for deciding who gets the grants?

Impact 100 Garden State accepts applications for programs in five grant categories: Arts and Culture; Children and Families; Education; Environment, Preservation and Recreation; and Health and Wellness.

The grant review process includes review of the applicant’s proposal, financial due diligence and site visits to semifinalists. The grant committees select the finalists.

All Impact 100 Garden State members receive a packet of information on the finalists for their review prior to the Annual Awards Meeting. At the meeting, each of the finalists gives a six-minute presentation on their program. Members then vote for the finalists of their choice and recipients are announced that evening.

What is the amount of the grant?

Impact 100 Garden State awards grants of $100,000. The exact amount of the grants may be slightly higher or lower depending upon the total grant funds raised. In addition, Impact 100 Garden State will present small recognition awards to those finalists who are not awarded one of the large grants.

Where does Impact 100 Garden State target its grant funds?

Impact 100 Garden State funds programs that serve the population in five NJ counties: Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and/or Union.

Does an organization have to be headquartered in one of those counties?

No, but the program for which the organization is applying must benefit people who live in and are being served in any or all of those counties.

Must an organization be a 501(c)(3) to apply for a grant?

Yes, an organization must have its 501(c)(3) status to apply.

Must an organization serve only women to qualify for funding from Impact 100 Garden State?

Impact 100 Garden State will consider an application from any 501(c)(3) organization that meets its funding criteria.

Does Impact 100 Garden State fund operational grants?

Impact 100 Garden State does not fund operational grants for an organization. However, a program budget for the organization may include program related operational expenses or allocations, e.g. salary or rent.

Will more consideration be given to programs that affect more than one county?

Impact 100 Garden State members are advised to look at the impact of a request, including both breadth and depth, encourage an organization to be its own best advocate and support its application with relevant information.

Will Impact 100 Garden State fund a proposal that has a faith focus?

Faith-based programs are not funded. However, funding may be awarded to faith-based organizations with programs that address social issues and are open to all.

Does Impact 100 Garden State prefer to fund new programs or would it consider an extension of a current program to new recipients or new areas?

Both are acceptable. Impact 100 Garden State encourages all types of applications and if a program will change lives, an organization is encouraged to submit it for consideration.

 What is a Joint Application?

An application is considered joint if the applying organization requests that Impact 100 Garden State disburse a portion of the grant funds directly to another organization with which it plans to partner on the program. A Joint Application must distinguish in the application between  the Lead and Partner Organization (see description of each below.)

If a program for which an organization seeks funding will be a joint application, do both organizations have to be a 501(c)(3)?

Yes, both organizations have to be a 501(c)(3). Additionally, one organization should be the lead organization in writing the grant and be so indicated on the application.

Does Impact 100 Garden State have any other requirements for applying for a Joint Application?

Lead Organization: The lead organization completes the application and names the partner organization. In the narrative attachment question about collaboration plans, clearly explain the responsibilities of both the lead and the partner organization.

Partner Organization: The partner non-profit must also submit the required financials and the contact information for its financial person. This information may be submitted via email to grants@impact100gardenstate.org.  Note in this email the name of the lead organization and the program name. You will receive an email acknowledgment of receipt. If an acknowledgment is not received, please contact the grants team again.

If implementation of the program depends on other organizations, is there anything else to be included with the application?

If any formal contracts, agreements, approvals, or memorandums of understanding are required to promptly and effectively implement the program upon receipt of the grant, provide detailed information on the status of these documents.

 

The Application

When will the 2020 application be posted?

The 2020 Grant Application is available.

Does Impact 100 Garden State have any priorities in its funding?

Funding priorities are for applications that target under-served populations, highlight unmet needs in the region and have a high impact on beneficiaries.  Review the components of a SMART application.

How will applications be evaluated?

Proposed programs will be evaluated on several criteria, including:

  • Alignment with Impact 100 Garden State funding priorities
  • Use of realistic and well-founded strategies
  • High impact, transformative outcomes
  • Evidence of effective, efficient and sustainable use of resources
  • A clear and comprehensive plan to measure results

Impact 100 Garden State conducts a financial review to obtain a reasonable degree of assurance that the nonprofit organization currently has sufficient financial stability and infrastructure to be able to effectively manage a $100,000 grant.

Are organizations required to provide all data requested on the grant application?

Yes, all information is required. Organizations will receive an error message if any dialog box or attachment is missing and the application will not be electronically transmitted until those areas are completedPlease pay attention to specific financial documents required and if any questions, reach out to grants@impact100gardenstate.org.

When and where will Impact 100 Garden State offer the information sessions?

Information sessions are offered annually. View Grant Info Session web page which will have dates and more information as it becomes available.


 

The Grant Review Process

What kind of communication can organizations expect from Impact 100 Garden State during the process?

Until semifinalists are selected for site visits, all communication between grant applicants and Impact 100 Garden State must originate with Impact 100 Garden State and will be done via email. After the selection of semifinalists, contact will originate from the appropriate grant committee and/or the financial review team.

How will an organization know if Impact 100 Garden State will make a site visit?

Not all organizations will receive a site visit. For 2020, site visits will occur during the month of May with those who have been selected as semifinalists. Organizations will be notified of whether or not they have been chosen as a semifinalist by May 1 via an email to the Executive Director/CEO.  A site visit is not a guarantee of funding.

What does an organization need to know about site visits?

Organizations will be notified by May 1, 2020 if they will be receiving a site visit. The primary goal of the site visit is to determine if the organization can accomplish the program goals described in its proposal. For grant year 2020  site visits will be held during the weeks of May 4 and May 11. The site visit is conducted by a team comprised of a Site Visit Team Leader  and 4-5 Committee members. The visit typically lasts 2 to 2 ½ hours, including both discussion and a tour (if appropriate). The team will expect to meet with the organization’s Executive Director, the proposed program director, finance person and a Board member.

Who can an organization contact to discuss its grant application?

For questions regarding the grant guidelines, process or forms, review all website pages under the heading Apply For a Grant. Impact 100 Garden State is committed to a fair, unbiased process. Questions are answered in an open forum at our information sessions. Impact does not respond to unsolicited communication related to topics other than questions about the guidelines, process or forms, nor does it accept unsolicited phone calls. Applicants should not contact members of Impact 100 Garden State in any way, except in response to a request for additional information. Applicants must not make any attempt to lobby for their proposal. Any attempt to unfairly influence the process is grounds for elimination from consideration.

Will Impact 100 Garden State provide feedback to organizations who do not receive a grant?

Impact 100 Garden State does not give direct feedback regarding applications. 

If an organization’s application is not accepted due to a specific problem, will the organization have an opportunity to fix the problem?

No. Revisions to the application are not accepted.

When will the grants be awarded?

Grant recipients are chosen at the Annual Awards Meeting.

Will an organization receive its check that evening?

No. Impact 100 Garden State requires a Grant Agreement to be signed by the recipient(s). The Grant Agreement will spell out how and when disbursements will be paid.

How does Impact 100 Garden State distribute the grant money?

Impact 100 Garden State typically provides the grant funds as milestone payments (installments). That decision is keyed to the grant application, based on the program needs and budget.  In all situations, Impact requires interim reports on the use of the monies and the progress of the program.

Does Impact 100 Garden State give grants to programs that expend the funds over an extended period of years?

As stated in the grant guidelines, the programs funded must expend the entire amount of the grant within 3 years after the Grant Agreement is signed.

Can an organization get a list of the members of Impact 100 Garden State?

No. During the grant process, a list of our Impact 100 Garden State members is not published, but the names of those members who wish to be listed are included in the program distributed at the Annual Awards Meeting. The membership list in our program is not to be used for any solicitation purposes.