Grant FAQs

Overview Questions

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

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, will select the finalists. All Impact 100 Garden State members receive a packet of information on the finalists for their review. At the annual meeting, each of the finalists gives a six-minute presentation. Our members then vote for the finalists of their choice for each grant amount and recipients are announced that evening.

What is the amount of the grant?

In 2017, Impact 100 Garden State will award two grants of  $141,000 each.

Where does Impact 100 Garden State target its grant funds?

We fund programs that serve the population in four NJ counties: Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Sussex.

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

No, but the program for which you are 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?

No, Impact 100 Garden State will consider funding for 501(c)(3) organizations that meet its funding criteria.

Does Impact 100 Garden State fund operational grants?

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

What grant focus area gets the most proposals?

Independent research has shown that 52% of nonprofits in the United States have a Health & Welfare concentration and 19% are focused on Education. It is predictable that we would see a large number of applications in those categories. We also see many applicants in the Children and Families category. Impact 100 grant recipients can come from any category. Information about our recipients and their program appears on our website.

Does every grant category have finalists for each grant amount?

Ideally, yes; however, if in a committee’s judgment, no application meets the criteria in a given year, a finalist may not be named.

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

Our members are advised to look at the impact of a request including both breadth and depth. We suggest you be your own best advocate. Support your application with relevant information.

What if our grant proposal has a faith focus?

Impact 100 Garden State welcomes proposals from faith-based 501(c)(3) organizations. We will not fund faith-based programs. However, we will support faith-based organizations with programs that address social issues and are open to all.

Do you prefer to fund new programs or would you 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 your program will change lives, we encourage you to submit it for consideration. Our committees have full control over choosing finalists.

The program for which we seek funding will be a collaborative effort. 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.

Do you have any other requirements for applying for a collaborative grant?

Lead Organization: The lead organization completes the application. In the narrative attachment describe the collaborative program and with whom you will be collaborating. Answer all questions describing this program. All required financial attachments must be submitted from the lead organization.

Collaborative Organization: The collaborative non-profit must also submit the required financials and the contact information for their financial person. You may submit this additional information via email to  Note in this email the name of the lead organization and your program. You will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not, please contact the grants team again.


The Application

 When will the 2017 application be posted?

The 2017 Grant Application process has closed. The application remains available for information purposes only.

Do you have any priorities in your funding?

Our priorities are 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, as posted on our website.

How will applications be evaluated?

Proposed programs will be evaluated on several criteria, including:

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

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

Yes, all information is required. You will receive an error message if any dialog box or attachment is missing and the application will not be electronically transmitted until you fill in those areas.

When and where will you offer the information sessions?

Information sessions are offered annually in March. Dates, locations and additional facts for next year will be provided early in 2018.


The Grant Review Process

What kind of communication can we 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 and will be done via email. After we select the semifinalists, contact will originate from the appropriate grant committee and/or the financial review team.

How do we know if Impact 100 Garden State will make a site visit?

Not all organizations will receive a site visit. For 2017, site visits will occur during September and October with those who have been selected as semifinalists. If you have been selected as a semifinalist, you will be contacted by the committee reviewing your grant application. A site visit is not a guarantee of funding.

Who can we contact to discuss our grant application?

For questions regarding the grant guidelines, process or forms, review all our website pages under the heading Apply For a Grant.

Impact 100 Garden State is committed to a fair, unbiased process. We do not respond to unsolicited communication related to topics other than questions about the guidelines, process or forms. We do not accept unsolicited phone calls. Applicants should not contact members of Impact 100 Garden State in any way, unless you are asked 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.

If we are not a grant recipient, will someone let us know how we can improve our application?

It is not our policy to give direct feedback regarding applications.

If you do not accept our proposal due to a specific problem, will you give us a chance to fix the problem?

No. Revisions to the application are not accepted.

When will the grants be awarded?

All grants are awarded at the Annual Awards Meeting, to be held this year on November 8.

Will we receive our 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 pay out the grant money?

Impact 100 typically provides the grant funds as milestone payments (installments); however, a one-time payment is possible. That decision is keyed to the application, based on the program needs. In all situations, we require interim reports on the use of the monies and the progress of the program.  

Do you give grants to programs that expend the funds over an extended period of years?

As stated in our grant guidelines, the programs we fund must use the entire amount of the grant within 3 years after the Grant Agreement is signed.

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

No. During the grant process, a list of our 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.