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Impact 100 of Northwest Florida Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits and Faith-Based Organizations for
Capital Costs and Programs to Benefit Residents in Eligible Regions

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Impact 100 of Northwest Florida

Conf. Date:

04/15/21

LOI Date:

04/30/21

Deadline Date:

06/15/21 12:00 PM Noon Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Florida nonprofit and faith-based organizations for capital costs and programs that positively impact residents in eligible regions. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. Program areas include health and wellness, family, environment, recreation and preservation, education, arts, culture, and history. Eligible organizations must provide services to residents living in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

Impact100 of Northwest Florida (Impact100 NWF) seeks to change the lives of people in Okaloosa and Walton counties by funding high-impact projects through grants to nonprofit organizations ("nonprofits") in those counties. Impact100 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.

Projects eligible for the Impact100 NWF grant must: 

  • Be a new program, expansion of an existing program, or a new or expanded collaborative effort of multiple nonprofit organizations
  • Have a total project budget for the full IMPACT 100 grant amount
  • Be designated by the applying nonprofit organization for one of the five following Focus Areas:
    • Arts, Culture & History: Initiatives that cultivate, develop, and enhance the cultural, artistic and historic climate of Okaloosa and Walton Counties
    • Education: Initiatives that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adults in Okaloosa and Walton Counties
    • Environment, Recreation & Preservation: Initiatives that will restore, preserve, revitalize or enhance the facilities, surroundings and/or recreational opportunities of Okaloosa and Walton Counties
    • Family: Initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families living in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
    • Health & Wellness: Initiatives that improve the mental and/or physical well-being of people living in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. 

Impact100 NWF relies on your understanding of your organization’s needs to choose the most relevant focus area. Focus areas are used to verify fit within the funding preferences. The nonprofit organization can choose up to 2 focus areas in the application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181415

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants are at least $100,000; the exact amount varies each year and is announced in early June.
- Project requests must be for the exact amount to be awarded that year; applicants whose projects cost more than the grant amount must show that they can fund the entire project. Submissions requesting funding under the grant award amount will not be considered.
- Qualifying applicants will have an opportunity to submit a wish list of items that could benefit their organization. Wish lists will be posted on the IMPACT 100 website for one year, giving possible donors an opportunity to fund applicant's wishes.

Term of Contract:

- Projects eligible for the Impact100 NWF grant must expend funds within 24 months of the October award date.
- The project must be completed within two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations eligible to apply for the Impact100 NWF grant must confirm the organization is:
- Defined as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for a minimum of 1 year
- Based in, providing services to, or collaborating with organizations in Walton and Okaloosa Counties
- Registered with the Florida Division of Corporations
- Registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, unless the organization is exempt

- Impact100 NWF has many applicants that are faith-based or out-growths from religious institutions. In order to be eligible for the grant, their projects or programs must be open to all, including volunteers, regardless of religion, and their overall mission must not be to draw participants to one faith. Inherently religious activities within the organization would need to be separate, in time or location, from programming funded by Impact100 NWF.

Grantees are not eligible to apply again for two years.

Impact100 NWF will not fund a program which restricts participation because of religion (i.e. participation in the program or use of the facility requires that you profess a certain faith), and/or is principally guided by or requires religious activities (i.e. the program or project is designed for the purposes of engaging or bringing others into a religion).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend the Nonprofit Webinar on April 15, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

The webinar is a nonprofit event for all nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

The Grant Writing Workshop will cover the following areas: Letter of Intent (LOI), Grant Application, Site Visits, Finance, Presentation Tips, a Grant Reviewer's "Overview," a Grant Recipient's "Reflections" of the grant process, Construction/Renovation, and Q&A.

To register and receive webinar details, click "Register for this Event" below. After completing the registration you will be emailed the Zoom Webinar link.

Register: https://mms.impactnwf.org/members/evr/reg_event.php?evid=26587955&orgcode=IMPT

Pre-Application Information:

- LOI Deadline: April 30, 2021, by noon.
- After reviewing the LOI's, Impact100 NWF informs potential applicants in May if they are eligible and approved to apply.
- Full Grant Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, by noon.
- Review of Applications: July and August
- Two-hour site visits are done by the members assigned to each focus area. They meet the applicants, see the project site (if applicable), and ask questions. The executive director and representatives of the board and staff must be present at the site visit, which occurs in August or September.
- Final Review: After the site visits, each focus area review group meets for final reviews, voties on two finalists, and ranks the other applicants. A list of finalists is sent to the Impact100 NWF Board of final approval.
- Announcement of Finalists: The finalists are announced at a Finalist Reveal Event in October.
- Finalist Information Posted:* Section II of each finalist's application is posted on the Impact100 NWF website and sent to all members before the Annual Meeting, held in October or November.
- Annual Meeting: A spokesperson for each finalist talks about their project and organization for five minutes. All members of Impact100 NWF vote (in person or by absentee ballot) for their top choice in each of the five focus areas. (If funds are limited, members will choose fewer than five grantees.

Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent with the following 2 forms to apply:
- Dept. of Treasury letter affirming the organization's status as a tax-exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3)
- Form 10100 confirming up to date registration with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (www.freshfromflorida.com)

The Letter of Intent must be submitted online. Once eligible, a grant application will be sent to the nonprofit organization along with grant application guidelines.

Once the full grant application is submitted, Impact100 NWF will check to ensure the application is complete and notify the applicant.

Two finalists from each focus area will be selected. Finalists will be notified by phone. All other applicants will be notified by both email and mail prior to the press conference in September 2021. Each grant finalist will make a five-minute presentation at the Impact100 NWF Annual Meeting typically held on a Sunday in mid-late October. Impact100 NWF members will vote by individual ballot and the winning projects will be selected by majority vote that day.

Each organization may submit only one grant application per year.

Funds are paid out when the grantee shows that they were spent for the grant project or that a purchase order is in place.

Collaboration:
- Impact100 of NWF encourages nonprofits to collaborate with one another and other individuals or entities to develop projects.
- The grant application must explain the role of each nonprofit and show how the funds will be divided. Each collaborator must provide a letter agreeing to their role in the project; it is attached to the grant application.
- The lead nonprofit in a collaborative project applies for the grant and follows the application through the review process. If awarded, grant funds will be paid and managed by them.
- If another organization(s) or person(s) works on the project as a service provider or partner rather than a collaborator, a letter of participation must be included in the application.
- Being part of a collaboration does not prevent a nonprofit from submitting a grant application for its own project.

Additional information: https://mms.impactnwf.org/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=62865

Grant Application Guidelines: https://www.impactnwf.org/grant_application_guidelines.php

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/

Best Practices for Successful Grant Writing: https://www.impactnwf.org/best_practices_for_successful.php

Grant FAQs: https://www.impactnwf.org/grant_applications_faq.php

LOI Information: https://www.impactnwf.org/letter_of_intent_loi.php

LOI video: https://mms.impactnwf.org/video/individual.php?vid=704773&orgcode=IMPT

Application Financial Document Requirements: https://www.impactnwf.org/application_financial_document.php#

2021 Grant Application Information: https://www.impactnwf.org/2021_grant_application.php

Contact Information:

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

LOI form will be available on April 1, 2021.

For any questions about the grant process contact grants@impactnwf.org

Impact100 of Northwest Florida
PO Box 4266
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549-4266
impactnwf@impactnwf.org

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