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Grant Inquiry

The application period for the 2017 Impact100 Metro Detroit award season has ended.  Thanks to all the organizations that applied.  If you have questions about the 2017/2018 grant year, please contact us at grants@impact100metrodetroit.org and we will have someone respond as soon as possible. We look forward to awarding $100,000 in 2017!

Want to check out our on line application site for next year?  Here’s the link.

impact100metrodetroitgrantapp.slideroom.com

 

About Grants

Impact100 Metro Detroit funds projects with high potential for community impact in our Metropolitan Detroit community (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties). Grant funding comes from member contributions and each Impact member will vote to select the funded project(s). We pool $1,000 donations from our members to award grants with a minimum amount of $50,000. Our goal in 2017 is to offer grants of $100,000.

We collect membership donations through the middle of January. Grant applications are accepted from January 2nd – February 3rd. Our members serve on committees that evaluate the grant proposals during March-April. The committees select finalists who then present to the full membership at the Grant Award Event on May 19th where the final vote will be cast and the grant recipients announced.

Applications are accepted for projects in any in of the following focus areas: human services, education, arts and culture, environment, and urban revitalization.

We accept grant applications from nonprofit organizations that serve clients in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Applications that are programmatic, capital, start-up, or research-oriented will be considered. We regret that we cannot accept applications for any of the following types of projects or funding: endowment, existing operating costs, partisan activities, completed projects, individual churches, indigent care subsidy, travel, loans, pass-through funds, or for individuals. In addition, the agency must have 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. For more information visit our page of eligibility criteria.

Once all submitted grant applications have been reviewed, each grant review subcommittee may request additional financial and supporting documentation from select applicants they feel are viable candidates for the Impact100 Metro Detroit grant. All applicants will be notified of their status by March 4th.

After all applications have been reviewed, we may also request a face-to-face visit with selected applicants. After an additional internal review, we will designate several finalists who will present their project at the Impact100 Metro Detroit Annual Awards Event. After the presentations, the membership will take a silent vote and the grant winner will be announced.

Grant Overview

Impact100 Metro Detroit’s goal is to provide high-impact grants that reach under-served populations, highlight unmet needs in our area and raise the profile of deserving but less well known organizations. Total funding is determined by the number of members we have as of December 31st each year. Our goal in 2017 is to offer grants of $100,000. In January, our grant process is open to organizations serving Metro Detroit (Wayne, Oakland & Macomb counties) to submit grant applications. Grant finalists are determined through a rigorous process of proposal review and evaluation by our members. In May, grant recipients are determined by a vote of membership at the Impact100 Metro Detroit Award Event.

For additional information or to join our grant mailing list please contact us at grants@impact100metrodetroit.org

Grant Process

Impact100 Metro Detroit has a 5 Phase Grant Process

Phase 1: Organizations complete the grant application. Applications will only be accepted during the annual grant submission time line.

Phase 2: Member Grant Committees review applications and narrow applicants for Financial Review Committee.

Phase 3: For selected organizations, financial statements are requested and reviewed. Organizations for site visits are determined and notified.

Phase 4: Impact100 Metro Detroit members perform grant applicant site visits.

Phase 5: Finalists present at Grant Award Event, where the membership votes and the winner is announced.

For additional information, or to join our grant mailing list, please contact us at grants@impact100metrodetroit.org

Eligibility & Guidelines

Organizations Eligibility

  • Be classified as a “Public Charity” with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Be located in the counties of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb. (All grant monies shall be used for a project or program that serves residents of these geographic areas)
  • Be in possession of three years (36 months) of independently prepared financial statements (audit or reviewed)
  • Not be a recipient of an Impact100 Metro Detroit project grant in the past three grant cycles

Impact100 Metro Detroit will give preference to organizations that:

  • Have annual operating budgets of at least $300,000 and below $5,000,000
  • Are not affiliated with a larger national or regional parent organization
  • Have an innovative, long lasting impact opportunity

Projects Eligibility

  • Fit within one of the following focus area definitions – human services, education, arts and culture, environment or urban revitalization (Note: Although Impact100 Metro Detroit members are all women, our giving is not restricted to projects or organizations made up of or benefitting only women)
  • Serve residents of and expend funds primarily in the geographic areas of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties
  • Be a new program, the expansion of an existing program, or a new or expanded collaboration
  • Have a total project budget of at least $100,000 (Up to 15% of the Impact100 Metro Detroit project grant may be allocated to organization overhead/salary expense for that project)
  • Expend the funds within 15 months of being awarded

Impact100 Metro Detroit will give priority to the following project characteristics:

  • Target under-served populations
  • Highlight unmet needs in the community
  • Will have a measurable and sustainable high-impact on beneficiaries

Important Dates

  • Grant Applications Accepted January 2nd – February 3rd
  • Grant Review Training for Members January 20, 2017 (See Events for more information)
  • Impact Member Review February 9th – March 24th
  • Site Visits March 27th – April 20th
  • Finalists Invitations to Grant Awards Event Sent April 21st
  • Annual Grant Award Event May 11, 2017 (Specific information and location to be provided)

FAQs

  • How do I apply for a grant?

Applications are submitted through our on-line process. We begin accepting grant applications January 2, 2017. For specific dates related to our next grant cycle, please view our grant timeline. If you would like to receive notifications regarding our grant process, please send an e-mail to grants@impact100metrodetroit.org.

  • What is the amount of the grant?

Our goal is to provide one or more $100,000 grants each year. The actual amount is determined when our membership is finalized each December.

  • Is there more information I can receive about the Impact100 Metro Detroit grant?

In November, we host a grant workshop for nonprofits where additional information about our process is provided. If you would like to sign up for the workshop please e-mail us at grants@impact100metrodetroit.org.

  • How is the grant award determined?

Our grant committee, comprised of members, completes a rigorous review of all applications. Throughout this process applications are narrowed down to those that best meet our giving eligibility, preference, and priority guidelines. Site visits are conducted before finalists are selected. Finalists present their organization and project at our Annual Awards Event. The grant recipient is determined at that meeting by a ballot vote of members in attendance (one vote per member).

  • If selected as a finalist, what can be expected during the site visit?

A member site visit is required for all finalists. During the visit a panel of 2-3 Impact100 Metro Detroit members will visit your location to learn more about your organization and project. Site visits occur over a 3-4 week time frame so a mutually agreed upon date can be identified.

  • If we submitted an application last year and did not receive the grant, can we reapply?

Yes, you are welcome to apply again. Funding can be requested for the same project or something new.

  • What type of communication can be expected during the grant process?

In the application you will be asked to provide a contact person at your organization. Throughout the various stages of our process we will provide status updates and contact them when we have questions or require additional information.

  • What if the project will serve residents outside of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties?

The grant is open to nonprofits located in Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb counties. The project should have a focus on serving residents of the tri-county area. However, it is recognized that residents outside of the tri-counties may also benefit from the project.

  • How will the grant money be paid?

Grant money will be disbursed based upon the project plan provided during the application process. All grant money must be disbursed within 15 months of the award.

  • If selected as a finalist, what can I expect at the Annual Grant Awards Event?

Finalists will be asked to submit a one page summary about their project. Project summaries will be provided to all members in advance of the Annual Awards Event. During the event, each finalist will provide a ten minute, verbal presentation about their organization and how the Impact100 Metro Detroit Grant will be used. After the presentations, the winner will be determined by membership voting and announced at the meeting.

  • In addition to the eligibility and guidelines, are there other restrictions I should be aware of?

Eligibility and overview information is located in the above Grant Section. In addition, Impact100 Metro Detroit will not provide grants for the following: debt reduction; relief of operating deficits, interim or bridge funding; fraternal, sectarian or partisan, legislative or political in nature; fund drives; annual appeals; fundraising events; or general capital campaigns unrelated to a specific project.

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