We realize you may have questions about Impact100 SRQ’s grant process. Below are frequently asked questions about applying for an Impact100 SRQ grant.

We frequently communicate with our nonprofit community with important information. If you wish to join our email list please send the name of your organization and contact information to Nonprofits@Impact100SRQ.org

Do small nonprofits have a chance of winning a grant?

Yes. Grants have been awarded to small, medium, and large-sized nonprofits. Applications are evaluated on the strength of the organization, the strength of the project, the project’s sustainability, and the impact of the project on the community.

What are the counties from which Impact100 SRQ will accept grant applications?

Impact100 SRQ will accept grant applications from nonprofit organizations serving Sarasota and/or Manatee counties.

Can a faith based nonprofit organization receive a grant?

Yes, Benefits of the initiative must be available to any person(s), regardless of religious beliefs or practices.

Does Impact100 SRQ fund current operating expenses?

Our Eligibility Criteria state that an Initiative may be a capital project, a new program, or a clearly defined expansion of an existing program.  We will not fund existing operating expenses or overhead unless they are expenses supporting one of these eligible Initiative categories.

Do we have to submit an Eligibility Form in order to apply for a grant?

Yes, an Eligibility Form is required so we may check the eligibility of nonprofits intending to apply for a grant, prior to the grant application process.

Each organization will confirm the organization meets all requirements by:

  • Providing their EIN number from the Dept. of Treasury
  • Filing the latest Annual Report with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations (sunbiz.org)
  • Registering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (freshfromflorida.com)
  • Confirming basic criteria required in order to gain access to apply
How do we submit the Eligibility Form to Apply?

Complete the online form on our website. To access the form, click here.

When is the Eligibility Form available to complete?

The Eligibility Form will be accessible from mid-February to mid-April every year.

What is the deadline for the Eligibility Form to apply?

The deadline for the Eligibility Form is April 14th 2021 at 12:00 noon.

Why do we need a copy of the Dept. of Treasury letter granting 501(c)(3) status for our organization?

The Dept. of Treasury letter that your nonprofit received when it obtained its status will verify that your organization was granted the 501(c)(3) designation as an individual or group charity. This is how we check for current certification. This is NOT the same certificate as your tax exempt letter.

What if we do not have our 501(c)(3) yet?

You may submit your Eligibility Form with an explanation that you’ve applied for it (and the date applied). You may apply, but we MUST have a copy of the 501(c)(3) letter by the time the grant application is submitted.

What is the deadline for grant application?

The deadline for the online grant application is April 28, 2021 12PM EST.

Can we turn in a grant application if we did not turn in an Eligibility Form?

No. We MUST have the online Eligibility Form by April 14, 2021 if you intend to submit a grant application. Submitting an Eligibility Form does not obligate you to apply. We strongly recommend submitting an Eligibility Form even if you are unsure if you will apply.

How should I submit my application?

Applications are submitted online.  We use Submittable, an online platform.

Can our organization submit different grant applications in different categories?

No, each organization may submit only one grant application per year.

Are grants always for the same amount?

Not necessarily.  Each grant is a minimum of $100,000.  The total grant amount will fluctuate each year based on our membership numbers.

Why won’t you tell us which focus area to apply in?

We believe you are the best judge of where your grant application, once written, will best fit. An initiative may meet the criteria for several focus areas, so we believe the decision is best left to the organization.

Do you look to fund only “new impacts” or would you consider supporting previously awarded impact areas?

Impact100 SRQ encourages all types of applications and if your initiative will change lives, we encourage you to submit it for consideration.  Our focus area committees have full control over who they choose as their finalist.

Can we include our brochures, annual reports or videos about our organization?

No. These items are not considered in the review of the grant application.  You may share brochures, annual reports, and videos at the site visit, but please keep in mind that the site visit lasts a set period of time and the team is primarily interested in learning more about your initiative.

What are some of the most common application errors?
  • More than one application submitted from an organization.
  • Organization is not a 501(c)(3) public charity or cannot prove their 501(c)(3) status.
  • Grant initiative does not primarily benefit residents of Sarasota and/or Manatee Counties.
  • Organization requested less or more than the full grant amount.
  • Financial information is missing.
  • Grant initiative funds debt reduction for any purpose.
  • Grant funds are used for general operating expenses of the organization not associated with project described in the grant application.
  • Organization does not demonstrate sustainability, or the project does not include a sustainability plan.
  • Grant is for interim or bridge funding.
  • Grant is for an individual.
  • Grant is for endowment funding.
  • Grant is for partisan, legislative or political activity.
  • Grant project requires capital improvements or renovations to property that the organization does not own or have a lease of at least five years.
  • Grant project requires participation in activities of a particular faith, denomination, or religion in order to benefit from the project or program.
What if our organization does not have to complete a 990?

Submit a copy of the IRS form 990-N (E Post Card) if Form 990 is not required.

What if the nonprofit has only existed for one year and cannot submit two years’ 990 forms?

Then you will need to wait until you have two complete years in order to be eligible to apply.

If the most recent budget is not approved by an agency’s board by the grant deadline, can the “draft” be submitted?

Yes. Impact100 SRQ is interested in your initiative budget and even though it is not officially approved, it must still be a realistic budget.  Please note that the process asks you to confirm that the nonprofit Executive Director and/or Board President are aware of the application.  Grant recipients are responsible to spend all funds in the manner with which they applied for the grant.

Will more consideration be given to projects that affect more than one county?

Not necessarily.  Our members are advised to look at the impact of the request.  That includes both breadth and depth.  What resonates with one committee may not resonate with another.  We ask you to speak from the heart (and back it up with data) what the true impact will be to those you serve.

What if our organization is smaller and may not need the full amount of the grant?

This is a transformational grant opportunity. An organization must decide if they have a need or a program that meets the criteria for the full grant.

What if the funding we need for our proposal is more than the grant amount Impact100 SRQ offers? Can we submit a proposal for more than the grant amount?

Yes. However, you must identify the expenses that will be covered by our grant amount and the additional funding sources for your proposal on the Budget Form.

What happens during the Focus Area Committee Meetings?

The Focus Area Committees are comprised of Impact100 SRQ members who volunteer and have no conflict of interest to serve (e.g. not staff or board member of a nonprofit which has submitted a grant application in that focus area). All discussions during committee meetings are kept private (even from Impact100 SRQ members not on that committee). The FAC’s have weekly meetings from mid-June to mid-September, not every week, and are led by a chair.  After site visits are completed, the entire committee votes and chooses the finalists.

How many finalists will be selected to make presentations to the Impact100 SRQ membership?

Each Focus Area Committee will select one finalist.

If we apply for an Impact100 SRQ grant and are not selected as a finalist, can we apply next year?

Yes, we encourage your organization to reapply next year.

If my organization is not selected as an Impact100 SRQ finalist, can we get some feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of our grant in an effort to improve our grant submission for next year?

We do not provide specific feedback to any applicant. The reason for this is that the committee members that review your grant will change each year. If we were to provide feedback from this year’s site visit team, next year’s site visit team might have a totally different perspective. If you were to make changes based on the opinions of these ladies alone, it might have no relevance whatsoever to a different group of ladies reading and evaluating your grant next year.

We do provide aggregate feedback at our Nonprofit Workshops. There, we present general feedback regarding what makes a good grant and the evaluation criteria the ladies use in assessing each grant. Nonprofit organizations attending these events have found it to be helpful in getting their questions answered.

If we submit a proposal and are awarded a grant, how soon can we apply again?

Individual organizations that receive the $100,000 Impact100 SRQ grant cannot apply for the following 2 years. Organizations that apply but are not selected as finalists or are finalists who do not receive the Impact100 SRQ grant, may reapply the following year.

How does Impact100 SRQ disburse the grant money?

IMPACT 100 disburses funds on an as expended basis. Grantees must submit quarterly reports upon implementation and progress of the project. Prior to the release of grant funds, each recipient must complete the Impact100 SRQ grant agreement form.

What is the period of time the money must be spent?

The grant recipient must expend the grant funds within two years, following award of the grant. For example, a 2021 grant recipient must expend the funds by the date of our IMPACT100 SRQ Annual Meeting held in November 2023.

Can you be a member of Impact100 SRQ if you work for a nonprofit organization?

Yes! You can even participate on a Focus Area Committee, but not one that reviews your organization’s application.

Can you be a member of Impact100 SRQ if you are a CEO of an organization?

Yes! You can even participate on a Focus Area Committee, but not one that reviews your organization’s application.

Who can we contact for more information or questions?

Contact the IMPACT100 Grants Committee at grants@impact100srq.org.

What should we expect to happen at the site visit?

This is the time for your organization to shine and for you to be able to tell your story, your vision, and your dream in person. You will have the opportunity to explain what the application cannot always convey: the passion, the difference this grant would make, and the impact on the organization and the community. You should plan to have the following people attend the site visit: your board chair, your treasurer or someone who can answer financial questions, and perhaps one or two key employees.

How many people will be on the site visit?

There will be an average of 3 to 4 members from the focus area committee.

Do we need to provide refreshments, hand-outs, or demonstrations for the site visit members?

Any amplifying information, such as brochures or reports are appropriate. Refreshments, CDs/DVDs, mementos, promotional items, or gifts are highly discouraged.

How will we know if we have been named as a finalist?

Finalists will be notified by phone. All other applicants will be notified by email prior to the “Meet The Finalists” press conference in September.

If we apply for an Impact100 SRQ grant and are not selected as a finalist, can we apply next year?

Yes, we encourage your organization to reapply next year.

If my organization is not selected as an Impact100 SRQ finalist, can we get some feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of our grant in an effort to improve our grant submission for next year?

We do not provide specific feedback to any applicant. The reason for this is that the committee members that review your grant will change each year. If we were to provide feedback from this year’s site visit team, next year’s site visit team might have a totally different perspective. If you were to make changes based on the opinions of these ladies alone, it might have no relevance whatsoever to a different group of ladies reading and evaluating your grant next year.

We do provide aggregate feedback at our Nonprofit Workshops. There, we present general feedback regarding what makes a good grant and the evaluation criteria the ladies use in assessing each grant. Nonprofit organizations attending these events have found it to be helpful in getting their questions answered.

If we submit a proposal and are awarded a grant, how soon can we apply again?

Individual organizations that receive the $100,000 Impact100 SRQ grant cannot apply for the following 2 years. Organizations that apply but are not selected as finalists or are finalists who do not receive the Impact100 SRQ grant, may reapply the following year.

How does Impact100 SRQ disburse the grant money?

IMPACT 100 disburses funds on an as expended basis. Grantees must submit quarterly reports upon implementation and progress of the project. Prior to the release of grant funds, each recipient must complete the Impact100 SRQ grant agreement form.

What is the period of time the money must be spent?

The grant recipient must expend the grant funds within two years, following award of the grant. For example, a 2021 grant recipient must expend the funds by the date of our IMPACT 100 Annual Meeting held in November 2023.

Can you be a member of Impact100 SRQ if you work for a nonprofit organization?

Yes! You can even participate on a Focus Area Committee, but not one that reviews your organization’s application.

Can you be a member of Impact100 SRQ if you are a CEO of an organization?

Yes! You can even participate on a Focus Area Committee, but not one that reviews your organization’s application.

Who can we contact for more information or questions?

Contact the IMPACT100 SRQ Grants Director at grants@impact100srq.org.