Grant Eligibility Guidelines

For additional information or questions regarding these criteria and guidelines, please contact us at: grants@impact100pensacola.org.

Eligibility Guidelines

Grant Eligibility

 

Organizations eligible to apply for the IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area grant must confirm the organization is:

  • Defined as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Based in, providing services to, or collaborating with organizations in Escambia and/or Santa Rosa Counties
  • Registered with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations 
  • Registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, unless the organization is exempt

Projects eligible for the IMPACT 100 grant must:

  • Serve residents of, and expend funds fully in Escambia and/or Santa Rosa counties
  • 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 following Focus Areas:

Arts, Culture & History:

Initiatives that cultivate, develop, enhance and preserve the artistic, cultural and historic character of the Pensacola Bay Area.

Education:

Initiatives that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adults in the Pensacola Bay Area.

Environment & Recreation:

Initiatives that will restore, revitalize or enhance the environment and/or create or improve recreational opportunities of the Pensacola Bay Area.

Family:

Initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families living in the Pensacola Bay Area.

Health & Wellness:

Initiatives that improve the mental and/or physical well-being of people living in the Pensacola Bay Area.

IMPACT 100 will not provide grants for:

  • Debt reduction or operational deficits

    • Applying IMPACT 100 funds to reduce or extinguish existing debt

    • Using IMPACT 100 funds as operating funds to cover budgeted or non-budgeted shortfalls        

  • General operating expenses or overhead, such as ongoing salaries for existing staff.

    • The exception to this is the request for items of an operating or overhead nature that are a part of a new or expanded initiative or project to be funded by IMPACT 100.

    • Salaries can be covered by grant funds as long as the salary is paid to someone with significant involvement in the grant initiative. A sustainability plan must be provided.

  • Grants to individuals

  • Endowment funding

    • Includes any type of arrangement whereby funds are held temporarily or in perpetuity and not expended within the 24-month period required by IMPACT 100

    • Includes replenishment of previously existing endowment funds

  • Interim or bridge funding

    • Using IMPACT 100 funds as interim financing or in anticipation of financing or of refinancing existing debt

    • Using IMPACT 100 funds until permanent financing or other funding is received

  • Partisan, legislative, or political activity

  • Projects of individual churches, synagogues or other religious institutions will not be funded unless a separate tax-exempt entity that is not under the umbrella of the church, synagogue or other religious institution exists for receiving IMPACT 100 funds

  • Faith-based projects or programs which require participation in activities of a particular faith, denomination or religion in order to benefit from the project or program

    • Benefits of the project or program must be available to any person, regardless of religious beliefs or practices

    • Benefits of the project or program must not be dependent on any person being required to participate in any religious activity, ceremony or service

  • Capital improvements or renovations to property for the grant project if the organization does not own or have a lease of at least five years

For additional information or questions regarding these criteria and guidelines, please contact us at grants@impact100pensacola.org.

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