Grant Process

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1. Attend the Nonprofit Webinar on April 20, 2021 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The webinar is a nonprofit event for all nonprofit organizations in 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.  Submit Grant Application online by noon on Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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

4.  Review of Applications – July & August

A committee for each focus area consisting of IMPACT 100 members will meet once a week to review the grant applications. Your organization will receive a site visit by several members of the committee during the last two of weeks of July or the first two of weeks of August. Applications will be evaluated on the strength of the organization, the strength of the project, the impact of the project on the community and the project’s sustainability. Three 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 on September 8, 2021.

5.  Finalist Presentation and Selection – Sunday, October 17, 2021

Summaries of the finalists’ projects will be provided to voting members of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area. Each grant finalist will make a five-minute presentation at the IMPACT 100 Annual Meeting typically held on Sunday, October 17, 2021. IMPACT 100 members will vote by individual ballot and the winning projects will be selected by majority vote that day.

6.  Reports and Evaluation

Prior to the release of grant funds, each recipient must complete the IMPACT 100 Grant Agreement Form. Grantees must submit quarterly reports on implementation and 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.

7.  Wish Lists

All 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.

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Important Dates for Nonprofits

Review the important dates for the 2021 Grant Application Process below.

Important Dates

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 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, and enhance the cultural, artistic and historic climate 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 & Preservation: Initiatives that will restore, preserve, revitalize or enhance the facilities, surroundings and/or 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