2021 Grant Update

In June, we announced our five finalists for our founding year $105,000 grant, and in September, we announced Access Youth as our 2021 grant recipient.

  • Education: Access Youth. The mission of Access Youth is to keep at-risk girls of color in school and out of the criminal justice system through mediation, restorative justice, and positive youth development.
  • Health & Wellness: Bridges to Independence. The mission of Bridges to Independence is to lead individuals and families out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures.
  • Arts & Culture: Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop. Free Minds uses the transformative tools of books and writing to create a community of support, assisting incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to achieve their education and career goals, write new chapters in their lives, and become powerful voices for change.
  • Environment: The Urban Studio in partnership with Audubon Naturalist Society. The mission of the Urban Studio is to advance design thinking for equitable and sustainable urbanism. They are designers of color working with people of color to envision a world where all people have the means to create healthy, vibrant, and just communities. The mission of the Audubon Naturalist Society is to inspire residents of the greater Washington DC region to appreciate, understand and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education and advocacy.
  • Family: Generation Hope. The mission of Generation Hope is to ensure all student parents have the opportunities to succeed and experience economic mobility. Generation Hope engages education and policy partners to drive systemic change and provides direct support to teen parents in college as well as their children through holistic, two-generation programming.

Congratulations to the women and men behind these extraordinary organizations and programs. Thanks so much to Nosrat Tarighi and Stefanie Vale at DC MultiMedia Production for their help in producing our zoom event.

Meet the 2021 Finalists

Focus Areas

Arts & Culture

Cultural programs, participation in the arts, arts education


Educational opportunities for children and/or adults, especially those that address lingering educational disparities affecting our community


Strengthening and enhancing the lives of children and families, including seniors

Health & Wellness

Improvement of people’s mental and/or physical well-being.


Conservation and preservation of natural resources; environmental justice; parks and recreation; agricultural sustainability; environmental education and climate action.

Eligibility Requirements

Organizations eligible to apply for the Impact100 grant must be:

  • Tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, independent of a financial sponsor (local affiliates may apply under the 501(c)(3) of the national organization).
  • Located in and serve residents of the District of Columbia, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Arlington, and/or Fairfax Counties; or the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church.
  • In possession of at least 3 full years (36 months) of independently prepared, audited or reviewed financial statements.
Grant FAQs
  • What if my grant request spans one or more of your focus areas?
  • Will you consider requests from small non-profits that are relatively new?
  • Can our organization submit more than one application per year?
  • Can we include brochures, news items, or our Annual Report in the application?
  • Will you fund current operating expenses?
  • If I have questions during the process, who can I call to discuss my application?