IMPACT 100 PALM BEACH COUNTY GRANTS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What is the first step for a nonprofit agency interested in applying for an Impact 100 Palm Beach
- First, each nonprofit must complete an Organization Profile in order to qualify to move forward in the grant process. For information on how to set up your Organization Profile, go to
- All information, including the Organization Profile, Letter of Inquiry (LOI), and Grant Application should be submitted electronically to our community partner, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties (CFPBMC): www.yourcommunityfoundation.org/Impact-100-PalmBeachCounty (Note: link to Impact100PBC portal will only be available during LOI/grant application period.)
- All additional grant information is available on the Impact 100 Palm Beach County website. www.impact100pbc.com.
Q. Do we have to submit a LOI in order to begin the grant application process? When will the LOI submission form be available? What is the deadline for the LOI?
- Yes, the first step in the grant application process is to complete an LOI.
- The LOI will be posted in September, 2016. The deadline for submitting the LOI will be announced at that time.
Q. When is the Grant Application available on the website? What is the deadline for the Grant
- The Grant Application will be available by invitation for accepted LOIs in January, 2017. The deadline for submitting the proposal will be announced at that time.
Q. Can you give us guidance on which Focus Area is appropriate for our LOI and Grant Proposal?
- No, we do not provide advice about selecting a Focus Area. Each organization must make that decision.
- We recommend you consider which aspect of your proposal has the strongest impact when choosing a Focus Area.
- We will not consider a LOI without a selected Focus Area.
- Additionally, no changes to your initial Focus Area submission will be made once your LOI is received.
Q. What are the Impact 100 Palm Beach County geographical boundaries? Where must the grant funds be spent?
The geographical boundary begins at Lake Worth Road and goes south to the Broward County line. The entire Impact 100 Palm Beach County $100,000 grant must be spent within those geographical boundaries.
Q. Are we eligible for an Impact 100 Palm Beach County grant if our nonprofit organization is not physically located within the geographical boundaries?
Yes. However, the project or program must be designated for and implemented totally within our geographical boundaries.
Q. What communication can we expect from Impact 100 Palm Beach County throughout the Grant process?
- All communications will originate from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
- Applicants who submit a LOI will be notified whether or not they have been selected to submit a full Grant Proposal.
- All applicants who submitted a full Grant Proposal will be notified whether or not they have been selected for a site visit.
- All applicants who received a site visit will be notified whether or not they have been selected as a finalist.
Q. Are there specific guidelines for a group of organizations collaborating on a grant proposal?
- Yes. One of the collaborating organizations must be the “lead organization,” applying as if it was
an individual organization on behalf of the collaboration.
- The lead organization must be willing to take on all the potential rights, responsibilities, restrictions and liabilities of the grant, if it is received.
- If this collaboration is selected to receive a grant, the lead organization will not be able to reapply in the following three years.
Q. Does a collaborative Grant Application have a better chance of being awarded a grant than an application submitted by a single nonprofit organization?
No. Each Grant Application will be evaluated based on its own merits as it relates to the overall criteria for the Impact 100 Palm Beach County grant program. The level of impact the grant will have in our community is the most important factor, not how many organizations collaborated on the grant.
Q. Can a nonprofit organization apply for the grant as part of a collaborative effort and then separately as an individual organization?
No. Each organization can apply for one (1) grant either as part of a collaborative effort or as an individual organization.
Q. Can a nonprofit organization submit different Grant Applications in different Focus Areas?
No, each organization may submit only one (1) grant application each year.
Q. What were some of the reasons that applications in the past year were not selected as finalists?
- The grant project did not significantly impact the community.
- There were more requests for grants than available funding.
- The grant project did not demonstrate the ability to fully expend the grant funds or complete the project within a twenty-four (24) month time frame.
- The grant project, if designed to be ongoing, did not demonstrate the ability to be sustainable.
- The grant project duplicated efforts already existing in our community.
- The grant application was unclear and poorly written.
- The project budget for the grant project was unclear or not well defined.
Q. If we submit a proposal this year that is not funded, how soon can we resubmit the same proposal or a new proposal?
You may apply the following year.
Q. If we submit a proposal and are awarded a grant, how soon can we apply again?
If you are awarded a $100,000 grant, you must wait three (3) years to reapply. If you are awarded one of the smaller grants, you may reapply the following year.
Q. How many finalists will be selected to make a presentation to the Impact 100 Palm Beach County membership?
- The number of finalists selected depends upon the funds available. In 2015, six finalists were selected and four $100,000 grants were awarded.
Q. Your guidelines indicate you will not fund capital campaigns. Will you fund capital expenditures as part of a proposal?
Yes. We will consider funding capital expenditures that are clearly related to the proposed project or program.
Q. How Does Impact 100 Palm Beach County oversee the distribution of the grant funds awarded to nonprofit agencies?
- The CFPBMC will manage distribution of funds; funds will be distributed in two payments unless the project requires otherwise.
- All grant recipients are required to sign a Grant Agreement with the CFPBMC ensuring that the nonprofit uses the funds in accordance with the grant guidelines, timelines, and budget.
- A condition of the Grant Agreement will require submission of Interim Report of Grantee.
Q. Can you be a member of Impact 100 Palm Beach County and apply for a grant if you are a CEO, employee, or Board member of an applicant?
Yes. However, you cannot sit on a grant review committee for the Focus Area in which your agency is being considered.