Grant Application Process

We accept applications for programs in five grant categories: arts and culture; children and families; education; environment, preservation, and recreation; and health and wellness. Each year committees of our members review and evaluate the applications that are received. The 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. At the Annual Awards Meeting, each of the finalists gives a six-minute presentation. Our members then vote for the finalists of their choice and recipients are announced that evening. The programs we fund must be completed within three years after the Letter of Agreement is signed.

Important Dates for 2018 Grant Cycle

Information sessions for nonprofit applicants –  February, 2018  (Dates and registration information.)

Deadline for filing online application – April 16, 2018, 5:00pm

Review of applications by grant committees and Financial Review Committee – May-August 2018

Site Visits – August –  October, 2018

Selection of finalists announced – October 9, 2018

Annual Awards Meeting and selection of grant recipients – November  7, 2018

Application Process


Grant Review and Site Visits

Impact 100 Garden State committees will review applications from May to August. We conduct site visits with semifinalists. The objective of a site visit is to complete the evaluation and resolve any final questions. Site visits require approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours of dedicated time.


Final Decision Process

Grant finalists will be notified in October. They will receive guidelines for preparing written reports and presenting their program at the Annual Awards Meeting, when the membership votes on the grant recipients.