Be specific about your program, participants, and goals. Be sure the proposal answers: What, Who, When, Where, How, and Why?
Impact 100 Garden State awards grants of $100,000 which may be disbursed over one, two, or three years. The exact amount of the grants may be slightly higher or lower depending upon the total grant funds raised. As funds permit, Impact 100 Garden State may award smaller merit grants to finalists not receiving the larger $100,000 grants.
* Regardless of your organization’s gross revenue, our membership requires the completion of the IRS Form 990.
** If your organization does not have audited financial statements, Impact 100 Garden State will accept financial statements reviewed by an independent accountant. Interim financial requirements are explained in greater detail within the online application template.
Impact 100 Garden State will not fund:
Impact 100 Garden State’s mission is to provide transformational funds to organizations that reach underserved populations; to raise the profile of those that are deserving but lesser-known; and to highlight unmet needs in the areas of Arts and Culture; Children and Families; Education; Environment, Preservation and Recreation; and Health and Wellness.
Our definition of transformational is one in which the Impact 100 Garden State grant makes a demonstrable difference in the lives of individuals and communities over the course of the grant period and beyond. A transformational grant might support existing models of service to reach more people or serve more areas within Impact 100 Garden State’s 5-county area. Or, a transformational grant might fund innovative programs that will serve as promising models for the nonprofit sector.
Our Grant Review Team members perform a rigorous assessment of the grants as to the extent they are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Transformative. (See table within this FAQ for definitions of “SMART”)
As stewards of our members’ contributions, our Financial Review Team is acutely focused on an applicant’s ability to absorb and effectively administer the $100,000 grant over one to three years.
Our review and decision-making process includes the following. Please take a look at our Process & Dates page for more details and dates:
We respect our nonprofit community and understand that preparing applications and participating in the grant process requires significant effort. Our funding rate depends upon the number of Impact 100 Garden State members, the available funds from member contributions and sponsorships, and the number of grant requests. In 2020, we received 50 eligible applications, awarded three $100,000 grants, as well as four, smaller merit grants.
Finalists and award recipients report that our process is rigorous and beneficial in a number of ways. As finalists, applicants interact more directly with Impact 100 Garden State members, receive coaching and support with preparing their presentations to our full membership, and also share wish lists with our members (e.g. additional requests for specific types of monetary and volunteer support). Through the grant process, applicants are exposed to our Impact 100 Garden State’s active and civically-engaged members. View this video to learn more about the benefits of applying from some of our nonprofit grant recipients.
For nonprofits unable to absorb a $100,000 Impact grant over one to three years, Impact 100 Garden State members have the opportunity to nominate a nonprofit for the Rising Star Award. In 2021, our chapter will award one $5,000 grant to a smaller-sized-nonprofit who is member-nominated. Members can learn about the Rising Star Award on the member portal.
Impact 100 Garden State does not fund general operating expenses. Within an applicant’s program budget, however, line item requests may be made for program related operational allocations, such as salary, rent or pertinent program equipment.
No. Impact 100 Garden State considers applications from any 501(c)(3) organization that meet our eligibility guidelines.
Both types of requests are eligible, and there is no preference for one over the other.
If any formal contracts, agreements, approvals, or memorandums of understanding are required to promptly and effectively implement the program upon receipt of the grant, please provide detailed information on the status of these relationships and related documents as part of the Application Narrative Question #5. For those organizations receiving site visits, a copy of the final, signed document(s) must be provided at the time of the site visit.
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.)
Yes, both organizations have to be a 501(c)(3). Additionally, one organization should be designated as the Lead Organization within the application.
Lead Organization: The lead organization completes the grant 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 nonprofit must also submit the required financials and the contact information for its financial person. This information may be submitted via email to email@example.com. 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.
The 2021 Grant Application is available now.
Please review this entire FAQ to learn more about Impact 100 Garden State’s funding priorities, and review important dates on our Process & Dates page. Instructions within the grant application provide additional detail as to the desired information for each question. Moreover, we host Grant Information Sessions to review our guidelines and application and respond to applicant questions.
Each grant application is reviewed and discussed by multiple Grant Review Committee members, and our Financial Review Committee conducts robust financial reviews to obtain assurance that applicants have sufficient financial stability and infrastructure to absorb and manage a $100,000 grant over one to three years.
The criteria used to determine whether applications move forward to our site visit phase includes the alignment with Impact 100 Garden State’s mission and funding priorities and the degree to which the grant request is SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Transformative (Please see table below)
Be specific about your program, participants, and goals. Be sure the proposal answers: What, Who, When, Where, How, and Why?
Explain how you will evaluate the program, the methods you will use (service plans, surveys, interviews, research, pre/post program documentation, etc.) to determine the impact (increased food security, increased youth participation in self-care practices, increased family cohesion, improved water quality, etc.).
Describe your capacity (human, financial, cultural, programmatic, etc.) to implement your program effectively and achieve the desired impact.
Clearly describe and make the case that your organization can realistically implement the proposed program with the dedicated staff members and within the stated timeline to reach your proposed objectives.
Clearly describe and make the case that the proposed program will have demonstrable impact: on your target population, for your community(ies), for your organization in achieving its mission, and/or perhaps for your sector.
Yes. All information is required at the time of submission and by the application deadline. 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 completed. Please pay attention to specific financial documents required, and if you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We require two consecutive prior years of audited or reviewed financials and interim unaudited/unreviewed financials from the most recent audit/review date to the most recent 2020 date available (preferably 12/31/20 but not earlier than 10/31/20). The table below summarizes our financial statement requirements for 3 common year end dates.
Please note that failure to provide the required financial statements including complete interim financials (balance sheet, P&L and cash flow statement) may be cause for disqualification.
Nonprofit Information Sessions are offered annually. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these Nonprofit Information Sessions will be held virtually and also recorded so that applicants may reference them on their own time. Please view the Grant Information Session page for dates and more detailed information as it becomes available.
All communication between grant applicants and Impact 100 Garden State will originate with Impact 100 Garden State and will be done via an impact100gardenstate.org email address. If your organization is chosen for a site visit, contact will originate from the appropriate grant committee member(s) familiar with your request, the nonprofit outreach team members supporting the site visit and finalist determination process, and/or the financial review team member(s) familiar with your request.
No. Not all organizations receive site visits. Only organizations who are chosen for this next phase will be asked to participate in site visits during the month of April 2021. Given the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, site visits may be facilitated virtually
For grant year 2021, site visits will be held during the month of April. Executive Directors/CEOs will be notified by mid-April if their organizations will be receiving site visits. Site visits are conducted by a Site Visit Team Leader and a few Impact 100 Garden State members from the Grant and Financial Review Committees. Site Visit Team leaders work closely with the applicant organizations’ primary contacts to plan the site visits and prepare the applicant organization for the Impact 100 Garden State representatives’ questions. The primary goal of a site visit is to determine if the organization can accomplish the program goals described in the proposal. The visit lasts approximately two hours, including discussion and a tour (if appropriate). Given the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, site visits may occur virtually. The Impact 100 Garden State Site Visit Team will expect to meet with the organization’s Executive Director, the proposed program director, finance person, and a board member. A site visit is not a guarantee of funding.
For questions regarding the grant guidelines, process or forms, review all website pages under the Grants Menu. Impact 100 Garden State is committed to a fair, unbiased process. 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.
Impact 100 Garden State does not give direct feedback regarding applications. We continuously review our practices and share lessons learned internally and in relationship with other Impact chapters. We do our best to inform the nonprofit community of our funding priorities and process prior to the application submission deadline.
No. Revisions to the application are not accepted.
Grant recipients are announced during the Annual Awards Meeting in June 2021.
No. Impact 100 Garden State requires a Grant Agreement to be signed by the recipient(s). The Grant Agreement details how and when disbursements will be paid based on agreed upon grant milestones (e.g., reaching certain stated objectives over particular timelines, etc.). Our Grants Administration Team will work closely with grant recipients over the duration of the grant term.
Impact 100 Garden State typically provides the grant funds as milestone payments (installments) based on the request and grant timeline. In all situations, Impact 100 Garden State requires interim reports on the use of the monies and the progress of the program. Our Grants Administration Team will work closely with grant recipients over the duration of the grant term.
As stated in the grant guidelines, the programs funded must expend the entire amount of the grant within three years after the Grant Agreement is signed.
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.