Who May Apply

We require that nonprofit applicants for an Impact 100 Garden State grant meet the following criteria:

  • Be classified as a “Public Charity” with tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3).
  • Operate in Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and/or Union Counties. An organization’s headquarters may be outside of the five counties we serve.
  • Follow all Impact procedures and meet all deadlines.

What We Will Fund

  • A new or existing program that targets a specific need in one or all of these five counties: Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union.
  • Capital expenditures that are part of the new or existing program for which you seek funding.
  • Operating costs that are part of the new or existing program for which you seek funding.
  • Programs supported by one organization or by a collaboration of two or more organizations.

Impact 100 Garden State encourages SMART applications. We look for grants that are:


Grant applicants should have a specific program, specific audience(s) and specific goal(s) in mind.


Applicants should clearly explain how they will evaluate their program’s success in meeting the stated goal.


The organization can demonstrate it has the capability, both human and financial, to achieve the program’s goals.


The program is within the scope of the organization’s mission and can be realistically accomplished.


The program will make a demonstrable difference in the community, the organization, and/or the lives of the organization’s targeted population.

What We Will Not Fund

  • Debt reduction
  • Private foundations
  • Legislative or political or partisan activities
  • Endowments
  • Interim or bridge financing
  • Fundraising activities or events
  • Capital campaigns
  • 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.