Who May Apply

Impact 100 Garden State requires that nonprofit applicants for a 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 served by Impact 100 Garden State.
  • Follow all Impact 100 Garden State procedures and meet all deadlines.

What Impact 100 Garden State Will Fund

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

Impact 100 Garden State encourages SMART applications 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.


Organizations should demonstrate 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 Impact 100 Garden State Will Not Fund

  • Debt reduction
  • Private foundations
  • Legislative, political or partisan activities
  • Endowments
  • Interim or bridge financing
  • Fundraising activities or events
  • Capital campaigns
  • Impact 100 Garden State will not fund faith-based programs. However, funding may be awarded to faith-based organizations with programs that address social issues and are open to all.