Application Process

Grant solicitation and all stages of the grant review process are conducted entirely by volunteers who are current members of Impact100 DC. Organizations apply in one of the five focus areas described below – Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family, or Health & Wellness.

Nonprofit organizations begin the grant application process by submitting a Letter of Intent to Apply (LOI) prior to March 10, 2021. A committee will review the LOIs to verify each organization’s eligibility to apply for a grant. If your organization is invited to submit a full proposal, we will notify you by email on or before April 7. Your complete grant application will be due on April 28. Volunteer members of our five focus area committees review all applications and conduct site visits for prospective finalists between mid-May and mid-July. Each Focus Area Committee ultimately selects a single finalist to compete for the $100,000 grant; each finalist gives a short presentation at the Impact DC Annual Meeting and the membership votes. The winner is announced at the meeting.

Important Dates
Focus Areas

Arts & Culture

Cultural programs, participation in the arts, arts education

Education

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

Family

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

Health & Wellness

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

Environment

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?

Nonprofit Workshops

We will offer workshops in January 2021 to provide interested nonprofits information about our organization and its mission, review the grant application, and answer questions about the application and/or process. These workshops are recommended for all prospective applicants, but are not required to file an application.  Check the grant guidelines when they are released for more information about where and when the informational workshops will occur.