Process & Dates

Impact 100 Garden State accepts nonprofits’ applications for new or expanding programs in five grant categories: Arts and Culture; Children and Families; Education; Environment, Preservation and Recreation; and Health and Wellness. Applicants must serve one or more of our five counties: Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and/or Union. Since our inception in 2013, we have awarded over 2 million in transformational grants.

For more detailed information about our guidelines and funding priorities, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  For key dates and steps in our 2021 grantmaking process please see below.

  • October 2020 – January 2021: Virtual Information Sessions

    Nonprofits are encouraged to participate in one or more of our three Virtual Information Sessions. Our Nonprofit Outreach Committee will review our guidelines, walk through the application and provide direction, and also answer applicant questions. 

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October 2020: noon – 1:30 pm – thank you to the 59 attendees
November 17, 2020: 3:30 – 5 pm – thank you to the 42 attendees
January 7, 2021: 11 a.m. – 12:30 pm

  • February 3, 2021: Grant Applications Due

    Applications must be complete and submitted by 5 pm (Eastern). Applicants should read the instructions carefully. If applicants have any trouble accessing the online template or submitting attachments, they should contact

  • Through March 2021: Grant Review Committee

    The Grant Review Committee evaluates all applications and identifies those applicants to receive site visits.

  • Through April 2021: Site Visits

    Site visits are conducted by the Grant Review Committee  to those applicants moving forward in our process. The objective of a site visit is to complete the evaluation and resolve any final questions. Site visits require approximately 2 hours of dedicated time and the participation of the nonprofit’s ED/CEO, financial officer, program director overseeing the proposed program, and a board member.

  • May 2021: Finalist Review

    After the site visits are conducted, the Grant Review Committee determines the finalists to put forward to the full membership. The Grant Review Committee supports the finalists in preparing their grant request presentations for the full Impact 100 Garden State membership (i.e., final narrative report, video presentation, wish list to be posted online, etc.). The Financial Review Committee also reviews the most current financials.

  • June 2021: Membership Review & Vote

    Impact 100 Garden State members review information prepared for each of the finalists and vote for their top choices. The Impact 100 Garden State Leadership Team tallies the votes, and the award recipients are announced and celebrated at our Annual Awards Meeting.

  • June 2021 Onward: Grant Process

     The award recipients will complete and sign the Grant Agreement. The recipients will work with the Grant Administration Team (over one to three years) to complete the agreed upon outcomes so stated in the agreement.


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