ORGANIZATIONS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY 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.
- Have annual operating budgets above $300,000 and below $5,000,000;
As we continue to grow and evolve, Impact100 DC reserves the right to changes its eligibility criteria without notice at any time.
In our inaugural year we are prioritizing proposed projects that address disparities resulting from systemic racism and structural inequity. Using what is known as a racial equity lens in grant-making means acknowledging that structural and institutional bias – in our institutions, places of employment, government agencies, social services, policies, and culture – continue to privilege white people and disadvantage people of color, as well as other historically marginalized groups such as LGBTQ and immigrant communities. Proposals whose solutions to unmet needs take into account their systemic roots will receive priority in our grant review process.
GRANT EVALUATION CRITERIA
- Is the project transformational? Transformational projects solve a problem, satisfy a need, or create an opportunity for strategic change. People involved in transformational projects look at the big picture to see a productive approach to change. This often means looking beyond the natural borders of their organization to find new ways to work with others to solve the problem, address needs, or capitalize on opportunities. The process for conceptualizing the transformational project includes several steps:
- Identify the wider need or the strategic issue to be addressed;
- Identify and explain change created by the project;
- Create project objectives;
- Describe the impact the project will create; and
- Identify ways to measure the success of the project.
- Does the project have a high impact? High impact projects significantly influence our community and can be achieved in a a variety of ways, such as:
- Enabling an organization to affect a large group of people;
- Changing the way an organization addresses its mission resulting in a fundamental shift in how it provides services to its stakeholders;
- Creating new collaborations with other organizations to address a broader spectrum of the community; or
- Directly affecting a small group of people, resulting in significant change that will have wider implications for the community.
- Is the project sustainable? Impact100 DC grant funds must be expended in two years. The applicant must demonstrate how the program will continue and be funded after that time.
- Does the organization have the strength, capacity, and capability to successfully administer a grant of this magnitude?
- The project supports the organization’s mission and strategic plan.
- The organization’s Board of Directors and administrators provide effective operational and fiscal leadership.
- The members of the Board of Directors reflect a range of capabilities commensurate with the needs of the organization.
- The members of the Board of Directors support the work of the organization financially.
- The organization is financially stable, conducting effective annual fundraising;
- The staffing indicated for the program is realistic.
In addition, we evaluate whether an organization has established best practices as it relates to diversity, financial sustainability, board governance, collaboration with other entities, and evaluation.
WHAT WE DO NOT FUND:
- Debt reduction, operating deficits, interim or bridge funding or endowment funding;
- Individuals or private foundations;
- Activities that are religious or political in nature;
- Fund drives, annual appeals, fundraising events, or general capital campaigns.
FOCUS AREA DESCRIPTIONS
ARTS AND CULTURE: Includes projects that foster greater exposure to or participation in the arts, expand arts education, or use art as a medium for creative expression. Priority will be given to programs that target residents in underserved communities that have lacked access to quality arts programs.
ENVIRONMENT: Includes projects that focus on improving or preserving the natural and built environments, including places that experience a disproportionate amount of pollution as a result of heavy industry, or that lack access to clean air and water, natural resources, and green spaces. Also includes projects that address neighborhood crime and violence.
EDUCATION: Includes projects that expand or improve learning opportunities for students who lack access to a quality education, including projects focused on providing early childhood education, language and literacy skills training, and tutoring and mentoring, as well as programs providing high school graduation rates and/or enrollment in higher education, especially for populations that have experienced systemic racism or discrimination.
FAMILY: Includes projects that support the lives of individuals, children, families, and seniors, especially but not limited to immigrant communities and people of color who have been the subject of systemic racism, focusing on housing, living wage, food insecurity, job skills training, and other basic needs.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Includes projects that address access to health care and that seek to improve the physical or mental health of people who experience discrimination, including people of color, the disabled, and incarcerated individuals, as well as projects that foster healthy living habits and holistic wellness.