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 in each grant category.  The due diligence process includes review of the applicant’s request as well as site visits to semifinalists.

The grant committees, with input from the Financial Review Committee, 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 2017 Grant Cycle

Announcement of Grant Totals – April 6, 2017

Information sessions for nonprofit applicants –  March  (Dates and registration information.)

Deadline for filing online application – May 18, 2017

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

Site Visits – September and October

Selection of finalists announced – October

Annual Awards Meeting and selection of grant recipients – November 8, 2017

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 a general due diligence review and to resolve any final questions. Site visits require approximately 1 – 1 ½ 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.