How to Apply

If your nonprofit organization is interested in applying for an Impact 100 Jersey Coast grant, please review our grant process below. Refer to our Annual Calendar for relevant deadlines and events.

Our 2017 application cycle is now open. Impact Jersey Coast is pleased to announce that we will award TWO grants–each in the amount of $123,000–this year.

In early April, Impact 100 Jersey Coast held two Applicant Information Sessions for nonprofits interested in applying for 2017 Impact Grant Funds. The sessions were designed to cover eligibility requirements, answer general process questions, and provide detailed instructions on the process to apply for one of two available grants of  $123,000. Attendance is not required to submit a request. 

Though the sessions have now passed we are pleased to make the presentation from those sessions available here. We also have included a recording of our April 7th session in Matawan for those organizations unable to attend in person.

STEP 1:

Eligibility

Nonprofit organizations must complete the Eligibility Form to determine their eligibility to apply for a grant from Impact 100 Jersey Coast.

PLEASE NOTE: Eligibility Forms must be submitted by Friday, May 19th at 5PM (EST) in order to submit a final application by the June deadline.

THIS DEADLINE HAS NOW PASSED. OUR NEXT GRANT CYCLE WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL APRIL OF 2018. PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT FUTURE DEADLINES. 

Once submitted, we will email prospective applicants regarding their eligibility status, including a private link to access the grant application for eligible organizations only.

STEP 2:

Application

Eligible applicants must use the link emailed to them to access and submit the official grant application. Our Application Preview below can help applicants prepare their proposal.

This document is for information purposes only. Please do not return this form to Impact 100 Jersey Coast. 

As part of the proposal, applicants must submit a Project Budget Form. This template can be accessed via the application link or below. The total project/program budget must be equal to the grant amount.

We accept applications beginning April 1st. Applicants may only submit one application per year in one of five focus areas and their organization and proposed project/program must be in accordance with Impact 100 Jersey Coast grant guidelines and eligibility. Applications, including relevant financial information, are due by Friday, June 2nd at 5:00 PM (EST). Impact 100 Jersey Coast will acknowledge each application received.

STEP 3:

Site Visit

In August, each Focus Area Committee (FAC) selects up to five semifinalists and contacts these organizations to schedule site visits. The objective of the sites visits are to complete the due diligence review and resolve any final questions. FAC representatives will conduct the site visits and report their evaluations to the larger committee and financial review team.

STEP 4:

Presentation

FACs select three to five finalists across the five focus areas. In October, we notify the finalists and invite them to make a brief presentation to the members of Impact 100 Jersey Coast at our Annual Membership Meeting in mid-November.

At the meeting, finalists present their proposed project/program, members vote by individual ballot for their choice (each member has a single and equal vote), an independent auditor immediately tallies the votes, and we announce the grant recipient.

Prior to the release of funds, the grant recipient must complete a Grant Service Agreement with Impact 100 Jersey Coast, which outlines fund distribution and benchmarks (dependent on timeline). The grant recipient must submit periodic reports (narrative and financial) on the project/program, as specified in the Grant Service Agreement. We invite the grant recipient to present to membership at the annual gatherings to share news of progress to date and outcome of the project/program upon completion.

Important: Impact 100 Jersey Coast is committed to a fair, unbiased grant process. We ask that applicants do not contact members of Impact 100 Jersey Coast, as all members are required to protect the confidentiality and integrity of the grant process. Please direct all questions to grants@impact100jerseycoast.org.

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