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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis Grant

Grants to Indianapolis, Indiana Nonprofits for Education, Environment,
Health and Wellness, Arts and Culture, and Family Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

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Deadline Date:

03/08/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Indianapolis, Indiana nonprofits and charities for programs in the areas of environment, education, arts and culture, family services, and health and wellness. A Letter of Inquiry must be submitted by January 11, 2018. Eligible Indianapolis counties are: Boone, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Hancock, Hamilton, and Marion.

Impact 100 will accept grant applications in five focus areas. Each grant applicant must select only one focus area for grant consideration.

Focus Areas
Arts and Culture:
The arts and culture committee will focus on charitable initiatives that cultivate, develop, educate and enrich the theater, museums, both visual and performing arts and literary opportunities in Greater Indianapolis.

The education committee will focus on charitable initiatives that advance learning opportunities and improve education in Greater Indianapolis.

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 our natural resources; (4) restore, preserve, revitalize or enhance recreational facilities, and/or (5) promote animal welfare.

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.

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 are 180 Impact 100 members 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.

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.

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.

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 less than $100,000 may reapply at any time.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A grant information session will take place on Monday, December 4 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at:

Glendale Library
6101 N. Keystone Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220

You must RSVP before attending.

Pre-Application Information:

Four-Step Grant Application Process:

1. Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due on January 11, 2018 at 5 pm. The Foundation will send an email within 5-7 days to acknowledge the receipt of Letters of Intent. Impact 100 members will review all of the submitted Letters of Intent, and selected organizations will be notified and asked to submit a Full Grant Application.

2. The grant application is due on March 8, 2018 at 5 pm. Nonprofits whose LOI has been selected will be sent an email with the full grant application and submission instructions.

3. Site Visit: Each focus area will select two to three semifinalists and conduct site visits April 16-27, 2018.

4. Final Decision Process: Nonprofits selected as the finalists for each Focus Area Committee will be contacted in late April (after all site visits are completed). Impact 100 members will be notified with the names of the 2018 grant finalists after the last site visit on April 27. A public announcement will be made on May 8.

Annual Awards Celebration: The finalists, Impact 100 members and guests, and interested citizens are invited to attend Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis’ Annual Awards Celebration and Annual Meeting on June 12, 2018, at The Ritz Charles in Carmel. Each of the finalists will make a short presentation about their proposal. Impact 100 members will then vote on the finalists, with each member casting one vote. Absentee ballots will be counted that evening as well.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 are 180 Impact 100 members 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, a similar process will apply, awarding 2 grants for $100,000, with residual grants divided among the remaining finalists.

Four-Step Grant Application Process:
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Focus Area Committee Calendar:

Contact Information:

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

To RSVP for the Grant Information Session:

Email for Letter of Inquiry submissions and for general questions:

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

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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