Grant Process

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1. Attend the Nonprofit Workshop & Social in mid-April
The workshop and social is a nonprofit event for all nonprofit organizations serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to Apply. In preparation to submit the Letter of Intent, each organization should confirm they meet all requirements by:

  • Providing a copy of the Dept. of Treasury letter affirming the organization’s status as a tax-exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Religious institutions must have a separate tax-exempt entity, not under the umbrella of the body of worship, to apply.
  • Filing the latest Annual Report with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations (
  • Registering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (

Only nonprofits that have submitted a Letter of Intent by the deadline can submit a grant application for the current year. The Letter of Intent must be submitted online.

The Letter of Intent will be accessible from mid-March to April 30 every year.

To view the Letter of Intent & Grant Application Access Instructions, please CLICK HERE

To access Community Force and the Letter of Intent please CLICK HERE

3.  Grant Application due June 15 at noon

Once submitted, IMPACT 100 will check to ensure the application is complete and notify the applicant that it was received.

4.  Focus Area Committees

A committee for each focus area consisting of IMPACT 100 members will meet in July and August to review the grant applications. Each organization will receive a site visit by several members of the committee during the last two of weeks of July. The grant application information is evaluated on the strength of the organization, the project’s sustainability and the impact in the community. Three finalists from each focus area will be selected. 

5.  Press Conference in September

Finalists will be notified by phone. All other applicants will be notified by both email and mail prior to the press conference.

6.  Finalist Presentation and Selection in October

Summaries of the finalists’ projects will be provided to voting members of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area. Each grant finalist will provide a five-minute presentation for the IMPACT 100 Annual Meeting. IMPACT 100 members will vote by individual ballot and the projects will be selected by majority vote.

7.  Reports and Evaluation

Prior to the release of grant funds, each grant recipient must complete the IMPACT 100 Grant Agreement Form. Grantees must submit quarterly reports on progress of the project to IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area Board of Directors. When the project is complete, or funds are fully expended, the grantee must submit a final report.

8.  Wish Lists

All applicants who completed the grant application 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.

For any questions about the grant process contact us at

Important Dates for Nonprofits

~ DEADLINE ~ Grant Application
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm

Nonprofit organization who submitted a Letter of Intent must complete their Grant Application online prior to the June 15 deadline. Once submitted, the application is reviewed for completion then forwarded to the applicant’s designated Focus Area Committee.

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
  • Expend funds within 24 months of the October award date
  • 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.

View Complete List of Grant Eligibility Guidelines