Organizations eligible to apply for Impact100 SRQ grants must confirm the organization is:

  • Defined as a tax-exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code
  • Organizations serving Sarasota and/or 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

 

Projects eligible for Impact100 SRQ grants must:

  • Serve residents of and expend funds fully in Sarasota and/or Manatee counties
  • Be a new initiative or expansion of an existing program
  • Have a total project budget for the full Impact100 SRQ grant amount
  • Expend funds within 24 months of the November award date
  • Be able to produce 2 years of financial statements
  • Be designated by the applying nonprofit organization and ranked for one of the following focus areas:
    • Arts & Culture: High impact programs or initiatives that cultivate, develop, and enhance the cultural and the arts in Sarasota and/or Manatee counties.
    • Education: High impact programs or initiatives that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adults in Sarasota and/or Manatee counties.
    • Environment & Recreation: High 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 counties, 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 counties.
    • 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 counties.

 

Impact100 SRQ will not provide grants for:

  • Applying Impact100 SRQ funds to reduce or extinguish existing debt
  • Using Impact100 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 Impact100 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 Impact100 SRQ.
  • Includes replenishment of previously existing endowment funds
  • Using Impact100 SRQ funds as interim financing or in anticipation of financing or of refinancing existing debt
  • Using Impact100 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 Impact100 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

 

As we continue to grow and evolve, Impact100 SRQ reserves the right to change its eligibility criteria without notice at any time.