Foundation / Corporation
Impact 100 of Northwest Florida
06/29/18 12:00 PM Noon Receipt
Grants to Northwest Florida nonprofit organizations for projects that positively impact the residents of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Program areas include education, environment, family, arts and culture, and health and recreation.
Nonprofit organizations submit their applications under one of five specific focus areas:
- Education: Projects and initiatives essential to improving the educational process or improving access to education for children and/or adults in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
- Environment: Projects and initiatives essential to protecting, preserving, revitalizing or restoring natural resources or environmental facilities in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
- Family: Projects and initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families residing in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
- Health & Recreation: Projects and initiatives that positively impact the physical and/or mental health and wellness of residents of Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
- Arts & Culture: Projects and initiatives essential to cultivating, developing, educating and improving cultural initiatives in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
IMPACT 100 NWF will fund capital costs (i.e. capital improvements to property and the purchase of fixed assets) or expenses clearly identifiable to a new or existing program.
Grant Evaluation Criteria:
The members of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida evaluate grant applications according to the criteria below.
Is the project transformational? Transformational projects solve a problem, satisfy a need or create an opportunity for strategic change. People involved in transformational projects look at the big picture to see a productive approach to change. This often means looking beyond the natural borders of their organization to find new ways to work with others to solve the problem, address needs or capitalize on opportunities. The process for conceptualizing the transformational project includes several steps:
- Identify the wider need or the strategic issue to be addressed,
- Identify and explain change created by the project,
- Create project objectives,
- Describe the impact the project will create, and
- Identify ways to measure the success of the project.
Does the project have high impact? High impact projects significantly influence the local community and can be achieved in a variety of ways, such as:
- Enabling an organization to affect a large group of people,
- Changing the way an organization addresses its mission resulting in a fundamental shift in how it provides services to its stakeholders,
- Creating new collaborations with other organizations to address a broader spectrum of the community, or
- Directly affecting a small group of people which results in significant change that will have wider implications for the community.
Is the project sustainable? IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida grant funds must be expended in two years. The applicant must demonstrate how the program will continue and be funded after that time.
Does the organization have the strength, capacity and capability to successfully administer a grant of this magnitude?
- The project supports the organization’s mission and strategic plan.
- The organization’s Board of Directors and administrators provide effective operational and fiscal leadership.
- The members of the Board of Directors reflect a range of capabilities commensurate with the needs of the organization.
- The members of the Board of Directors support the work of the organization financially.
- The organization is financially stable, conducting effective annual fundraising.
- The staffing indicated for the program is realistic.
IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida encourages but does not require nonprofit organizations to collaborate with one another and also with other individuals and entities in developing and providing transformational projects.
A collaborative relationship is one between two or more nonprofit organizations that lowers costs and/or increases gains for those served by their programs. When two or more organizations collaborate, they align their missions and activities to achieve a common goal. Collaboration also meaningfully changes the way participating organizations do business for the long-term and requires Board involvement as a high-level, strategic activity.
The program description in the grant application must clearly explain the role of the collaborating organization(s). The program budget must indicate the collaborating organization’s compensation. A signed certificate and a letter of collaboration summarizing each collaborator’s role are required from the collaborating organization.
The lead partner in a collaborative project takes responsibility for completing the application and shepherding the application through IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida’s grant process. The lead agency’s organizational, financial and IRS data will be examined as part of the application process. All grant funds will be payable to and administered by the lead partner. If the application is awarded a grant the lead partner also manages the grant’s project and ensures it is completed according to IMPACT 100 Northwest Florida’s requirements.
It is also possible and acceptable that an additional organization(s) or individual(s) work on the project as a service provider or partner rather than a full collaborator. This relationship should be fully described and a letter of participation included in the application.
Being part of a collaborative effort does not exclude your nonprofit organization from submitting another grant application for its own project.
GrantWatch ID#: 181415
Grants will be awarded in amounts of at least $100,000, possibly more. The exact amount of this year's grant(s) will be announced in early May following the end of the membership drive.
Recipients of grants must expend funds within two years of grant award.
IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida accepts grant applications from organizations recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, other than religious or politically affiliated organizations whose purpose for the grant is political or religious activities.
Organizations must be based in Okaloosa and/or Walton County or may be recognized as a county chapter of a state or national charity serving residents of Okaloosa or Walton County.
The organization needs to have operated under its own 501(c)(3) status for at least 12 months.
Each organization may only submit one grant application per year.
Organizations who have received an IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida grant are not eligible to apply again for two years.
IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida does not fund the following:
- General operating expenses or overhead
- Debt reduction or operational deficits
- Grants to specific individuals
-Endowment or memorial funding
- Interim or bridge funding
- Partisan, legislative or political activities
- Fraternal, sectarian and religious organizations where the grant is intended for the principal benefit of the organization’s own members or adherents, or where the grant is intended for inherently religious activities
- Private foundations
- Legal expenses incurred in any action by or against the organization
- General construction or renovation (unrelated to a specific proposed project)
- Projects that unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief
- Fund drives or annual appeals
- General capital campaigns or projects within a capital campaign
- Advertising (unrelated to a specific proposed project)
Attendance at the Grant Workshop is highly recommended and registration is required.
The Grant Workshop 2018 for IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida will be held on April 19, 2018, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 NOON at the Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall located at 4325 Commons Drive West in Destin.
Please complete the online form to register for the workshop:
Applicants must complete the grant application, and deliver it with required attachments as specified and within the deadline. Applications will not be accepted by fax. Applications delivered after the deadline will not be considered.
The IMPACT 100 grant review committees will review the grant applications and schedule site visits to all applying organizations. When site visits are complete the committees will select finalists.
Grant finalists will be announced at a Grant Finalists Reveal Event in October. Summaries of the finalist applications will be provided to voting members of IMPACT 100. Representatives from each finalist application will be invited to make a presentation at the IMPACT 100 annual meeting, to be held in late October or early November. IMPACT 100 will vote by individual ballot at the annual meeting and the winning project(s) will be selected by majority vote.
Please note that all projects must show the need for and proposed use of the entire grant amount.
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
The application must be submitted electronically using the fillable PDF application to:
Or the documents may be hand delivered between 8:30 AM and 12 noon on June 29,2018 to:
1845 John Sims Parkway East
USA: Florida: Okaloosa and Walton Counties