• Defined as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code 
  • Organizations serving Sarasota/Manatee counties 
  • Registered with the Florida Division of Corporations as a nonprofit corporation 
  • Registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, unless the organization is exempt 


  • Serve residents of and expend funds fully in Sarasota and/or Manatee County(ies) 
  • Be a new program or an expansion of an existing program
  • Have a total project budget for the full IMPACT 100 SRQ grant amount 
  • Expend funds fully within 24 months of the November award date 
  • Be designated and ranked by the applying nonprofit organization in the following Focus Areas: 

Arts & Culture: High impact programs or initiatives that cultivate, develop, and enhance the culture and the arts in Sarasota and/or Manatee County(ies). 

Education: High impact programs or initiatives that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adults in Sarasota & Manatee counties. 

Environment & RecreationHigh impact programs or initiatives that restore, preserve, revitalize, or enhance the facilities or natural resources (including for recreational use); or improve the welfare of animals in Sarasota and/or Manatee County(ies), including those that encourage research, public awareness, and education relating to the environment and conservation of our natural resources.

Family: High impact programs or initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families living in Sarasota and/or Manatee County (ies). 

Health & Wellness: High impact programs or initiatives that improve the physical and/or mental health and wellness of people living in Sarasota and/or Manatee County(ies).


  • Debt reduction or operational deficits 
  • Applying IMPACT 100 SRQ funds to reduce or extinguish existing debt 
  • Using IMPACT 100 SRQ  funds as operating funds to cover budgeted or non-budgeted shortfalls         
  • General operating expenses or overhead, such as ongoing salaries for existing staff. 
  • The exception to this is the request for items of an operating or overhead nature that are a part of a new or expanded initiative or project to be funded by IMPACT 100 SRQ. Salaries can be covered by grant funds as long as the salary is paid to someone with significant involvement in the grant initiative. A sustainability plan must be provided. 
  • Grants to individuals 
  • Endowment funding 
  • Includes any type of arrangement whereby funds are held temporarily or in perpetuity and not expended within the 24-month period required by IMPACT 100 SRQ. 
  • Includes replenishment of previously existing endowment funds 
  • Interim or bridge funding 
  • Using IMPACT 100 SRQ  funds as interim financing or in anticipation of financing or of refinancing existing debt 
  • Using IMPACT 100 SRQ  funds until permanent financing or other funding is received 
  • Partisan, legislative, or political activity 
  • Projects of individual churches, synagogues or other religious institutions will not be funded unless a separate tax-exempt entity that is not under the umbrella of the church, synagogue or other religious institution exists for receiving IMPACT 100 SRQ  funds 
  • Faith-based projects or programs which require participation in activities of a particular faith, denomination or religion in order to benefit from the project or program 
  • Benefits of the project or program must be available to any person, regardless of religious beliefs or practices 
  • Benefits of the project or program must not be dependent on any person being required to participate in any religious activity, ceremony or service 
  • Capital improvements or renovations to property for the grant project if the organization does not own or have a lease of at least five years 
  • Any organization that can not provide two years of financial statements

As we continue to grow and evolve, IMPACT 100 SRQ reserves the right to change its eligibility criteria without notice at any time. 

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