Grant Eligibility Guidelines

Organizations eligible to apply for the Impact100 NWF grant must confirm the organization is:

  • Defined as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for a minimum of 2 years  as of June 15th of the year that the organization is applying. 
  • Registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), unless the organization is exempt.
  • Registered with the Florida Division of Corporations.
  • Carry Directors and Officers Insurance as well as General Liability Insurance. 
  • Providing services to, or collaborating with an organization(s) providing services in Okaloosa and/or Walton counties.

Projects eligible for the Impact100 NWF grant must: 

  • Serve residents of, and expend funds fully in Walton and/or Okaloosa counties. 
  • Be a new program, expansion of an existing program, or a new or expanded collaborative effort of multiple nonprofit organizations.
  • Have a total project budget for the full Impact100 grant amount of $100,000.
  • Utilize all funds within the next two calendar years. 

Applicant may indicate no more than 2 of the 5 Focus Areas served by the proposed project. 

  • Arts & Culture: initiatives that cultivate, develop, and enhance the cultural, artistic and historic climate of Okaloosa and/or Walton counties
  • Education: initiatives that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adults in Okaloosa and/or Walton counties
  • Environment, Recreation & Preservation: initiatives that restore, preserve, revitalize, or enhance the facilities, surroundings and/or recreational opportunities in Okaloosa and/or Walton counties
  • Family: initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families living in Okaloosa and/or Walton counties
  • Health & Wellness: initiatives that improve the mental and/or physical well-being of people living in Okaloosa and/or Walton counties 

Impact100 of Northwest Florida does not fund the following: 

  • General operating expenses or overhead such as ongoing salaries for existing staff.  An exception is operating expenses or overhead in nature that are part of a new or expanded project.  Salaries can be funded if the salary is paid to an individual with significant involvement in the proposed project.
  • Debt reduction. 
  • Grants to individuals.
  • Endowment or memorial funding.
  • Interim or bridge funding.
  • Partisan, legislative, or political activities. 
  • Fraternal, sectarian, and religious organizations whose projects primarily benefit their members or adherents, or where the project is a religious activity.  Also, religious or faith-based organizations where funds are to be used to benefit a specific denomination or congregation or religious activities within the organization to the exclusion of nonmembers. 
  • Private foundations. 
  • Legal expenses incurred in any action by or against the organization.
  • General construction or renovation unrelated to a specific project. If general construction or renovation is related to a specific project, the organization must either own the property or have at least a five-year lease. 
  • Projects that unlawfully discriminate based on age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief. 
  • Fund drives or annual appeals. 
  • General capital campaigns or projects within.  
  • Advertising unrelated to the project.