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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis Grant

Grants to Central Indiana Nonprofits
for Community Benefit Programs

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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

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Deadline Date:

03/25/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Central Indiana nonprofits and charities in eligible counties for community benefit programs. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to submitting an application. Eligible program areas include environment, education, family services, health and wellness, and arts, culture, and preservation. Funding is intended to support critical needs, new ventures, and innovative ways to solve social problems, and to create a more civil and respectful climate in the community. Eligible Indianapolis counties include Boone, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Hancock, Hamilton, and Marion.

Impact 100 will accept grant applications in five focus areas:

  • Arts, Culture, and Preservation: The arts and culture committee will focus on charitable initiatives that cultivate, develop, educate, preserve, and enrich the theater, museums, both visual and performing arts, and literary opportunities in Greater Indianapolis.
  • Education: The education committee will focus on charitable initiatives that advance learning opportunities and improve education in Greater Indianapolis.
  • Environment and Animal Welfare: The environment committee will focus on charitable initiatives that (1) improve, enhance, or restore the surroundings in the Greater Indianapolis area; (2) encourage research, public awareness, and education relating to the environment; (3) promote conservation of natural resources; (4) restore, preserve, revitalize, or enhance recreational facilities, and/or (5) promote animal welfare.
  • Family: The family committee will focus on charitable initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families in Greater Indianapolis.
  • Health and Wellness: The health and wellness committee will focus on charitable initiatives that improve the mental and/or physical well-being of people living in the Greater Indianapolis area.

Each grant applicant must select only one focus area for grant consideration.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177299

Estimated Size of Grant:

The finalist receiving the most votes will receive a grant for $100,000. The remaining finalists will receive an unrestricted grant, based on an even division of the residual amount. For example, if there is $180,000 in the grant pool and five finalists, one organization will receive $100,000 and the other four finalists will each receive $20,000 in the form of a one-time, unrestricted, undesignated grant. If there are more than 200 members, the same process will apply, awarding two grants for $100,000, with residual grants divided among the remaining three finalists.

Term of Contract:

Awardees must plan to expend the funds within 24 months. Preference will be given to projects that call for funds to be spent within 12 months.

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis’ funding cycle begins July 1st of each year until June 30th of the next year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Your organization must meet the following grant criteria to be considered:
- Be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and 509(a) public charity.
- Applicant organizations’ seat of operation must be based in Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks, or Boone County in the State of Indiana or a recognized local chapter of a state or national nonprofit serving this region. The program must be implemented and serve residents of these eight counties and all monies must be expended here.
- The project must be a new program, expansion of an existing program, or may be a joint effort of several agencies.
- Outline a project or program that targets a specific population for a specific duration and with specific measurable goals;
- Use the full amount of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis’ available grant.
- Capital projects (equipment and building) must be clearly wrapped around a program serving the clients of the organization.

Grant requests must be Program or Project based.

Types of programs not supported:
- General operating expenses; debt reduction or operational deficits;
- Endowments or memorials;
- Bridge funding or interim financing;
- Partisan, political, or legislative activities;
- General fund drives or annual appeals;
- Religious-focused or university-based projects where the grant is for the principal benefit of the organization’s own members or adherents;
- Private foundations;
- Legal expenses;
- No general advertising/marketing expenses promoting the agency;
- Fundraising activities or events;
- Athletic uniforms and sports gear;
- Capital campaigns. Proposals must distinguish specific capital items that are wrapped around a program.

Other restrictions:
- An organization may submit only one application each year. An organization that has received a grant of $100,000 or more from Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis may not reapply in the following two years.
- An organization that has received an operating grant of less than $100,000 may reapply at any time.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Nonprofits in Central Indiana are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn more about the application process via Zoom on December 7 at 3:00 pm. You must RSVP to attend.

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Pre-Application Information:

- December 7, 2020: Nonprofit Information Meeting
- January 8, 2021: LOIs due by 5:00 pm.
- February 2021: Nonprofits notified if their LOI has been approved by a Focus Area Committee. Those with approved LOIs will be sent a link to the 2021 Grant Application form.
- March 25, 2021: Full grant applications due (Note: Unsolicited grant applications are destroyed without review).
- April 2021: Nonprofit “Site” Visits – These will be done virtually if it is unsafe to visit the sites in person.
- May 2021: The Focus Area Committees announce their Change Maker Finalist.
- June 2021: Annual Awards Celebration with Presentations by the 2021 Grant Finalists, followed by the Membership Vote and the announcement of the 2021 Change-Makers! (meeting may be held virtually, with more information to be announced as it is available)

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Letter of Inquiry form:

Direct questions to

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
P. O. Box 40531
Indianapolis, IN 46240

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USA: Indiana: Greater Indianapolis: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby Counties

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