Impact 100 Boston

Our Grant

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Grant Process


ABOUT OUR GRANT

We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry on October 1, 2017 our next grant cycle.  

  • Impact 100 Boston recognizes that there are many organizations doing important work improving the lives of underserved individuals and communities in the Massachusetts counties of Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk. To support this work and allow organizations to “dream big,” Impact 100 Boston will annually award a large transformational grant to a local nonprofit organization.
  • Consistent with our mission, Impact 100 Boston will fund high-impact grants that have a transformative effect on the receiving organizations and the populations or communities they serve. Impact 100 Boston accepts applications that propose a new project or program, or expand or continue to support an existing and proven program.  
  • We currently accept applications in these Focus Areas: Culture & Environment, Education and Health.
  • The amount and number of grants to be awarded will be announced in January of each year based on Impact 100 Boston’s membership numbers.
  • Grant recipients are selected through a democratic process.  All of our members have an equal vote in deciding which nonprofits receive the awards each year. One women, one vote.

ELIGIBILITY

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR AN IMPACT 100 BOSTON GRANT, YOUR ORGANIZATION MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

  • Be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the residents of Massachusetts.
  • Registered with the Massachusetts Division of Corporations as a non-profit corporation.
  • Have been in operation at least 36 months prior to applying for an Impact 100 Boston grant.

PROJECTS ELIGIBLE FOR THE IMPACT 100 BOSTON GRANT MUST:

  • Designate one of the following Focus Areas: (1) Culture & Environment (2) Education (3) Health.
  • Serve residents of and expend funds fully in the Massachusetts counties of Essex, Middlesex or Suffolk.
  • Have a total project budget for the full IMPACT 100 Boston available grant.
  • Expend funds within 24 months of award date.

Focus Areas

Impact 100 Boston will accept grant applications in four focus areas: culture, education, environment, and health. Each grant applicant will select only one focus area for grant consideration. Impact 100 Boston will not provide guidance on selecting the appropriate focus area. The four Impact 100 Boston focus area committees will consider projects from nonprofits that examine the following subject areas:

CULTURE & ENVIRONMENT

The culture and environment committee will focus on charitable initiatives that cultivate, develop, educate and enrich visual or performing arts; improve, enhance or restore the surroundings; encourage research, public awareness and education relating to the environment; promote conservation of our natural resources; restore, preserve, revitalize or enhance recreational facilities; or promote animal welfare in the following counties of Massachusetts: Essex, Middlesex or Suffolk.

EDUCATION

The education committee will focus on charitable initiatives that advance learning opportunities and improve education in the following counties of Massachusetts: Essex, Middlesex or Suffolk.

HEALTH 

The health committee will focus on charitable initiatives that improve the mental and/or physical well being of people living in the following counties of Massachusetts: Essex, Middlesex or Suffolk..

Questions? Email: info@impact100boston.org

RESTRICTIONS

WE CANNOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM:

  • Individual religious institutions
  • Private foundations

WE ALSO CANNOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS TO SUPPORT:

  • Debt reduction or operational deficits
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Partisan, legislative, or political activity
  • General operating expenses or overhead
  • Bridge funding or interim financing
  • Legal expenses

GRANT PROCESS AND SCHEDULE

Impact 100 Boston’s grant cycle occurs only one time per year. Our grant application process will open in the fall of each year with the Letters of Inquiry due by January 1st of each grant year. Impact 100 Boston’s grant cycle includes a four-step grant application process:

LETTER OF INQUIRY:

  • Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) before the deadline set annually by Impact 100 Boston.  The deadline for submitting a Letter of Inquiry for our next grant cycle is January 2, 2018.
  • Organizations are allowed to submit only one application per year and must select a focus area when completing the LOI form.
  • Impact 100 Boston will acknowledge each LOI received and begin the review process. Members join grant committees to analyze all submitted LOI’s.
  • The member committees will review the LOIs and, following the review, semi-finalists will be notified that they have been selected for site visits.  

Click to see the LOI requirements for the Impact 100 Boston Grant.  Please forward LOIs to Robin Finn, Grants Chair at RobinFinn100@gmail.com

SITE VISITS:

  • Site visit dates will be scheduled for site visits for each of the semi-finalists. The objective of the site visit is to complete a general due diligence review and to investigate and resolve any final questions. 
  • Following the site visits, the member committees of Impact 100 Boston will select their finalists to submit a full grant application.

FULL GRANT APPLICATION:

  • Applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have been selected to complete the full grant application in February of each grant year.  The 2018 applicants will be notified by February 12, 2018 if they have been selected as a semi-finalist.
  • Impact 100 Boston will provide the form to complete this application.  The full grant application for semi-finalists will be due by 5 pm on March 9, 2018.
  • Impact 100 Boston will acknowledge each grant application received.
  • Finalists will be chosen to present at the Annual Grants Dinner and notified by April 16, 2018.

FINAL DECISION PROCESS:

  • Finalist presentations will be made in May, 2018 at the Annual Grants Dinner.
  • Impact 100 Boston members will vote to select the Impact Grant recipient at the event. The voting results will be tabulated and the grant award recipients will be announced at the event.