Grant Process Overview

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1. Attend the Nonprofit Webinar on April 15, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
The webinar is a nonprofit event for all nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

2. Submit Letter of Intent to Apply - by noon on April 30.
Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent with the following 2 forms to apply:

  • Dept. of Treasury letter affirming the organization's status as a tax-exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3)
  • Form 10100 confirming up to date registration with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (www.freshfromflorida.com)

Only nonprofits that have submitted a Letter of Intent with the 2 forms by the deadline can submit a grant application for the current year. The Letter of Intent must be submitted online. 

The Letter of Intent will be accessible from mid-March to April 30 every year. To view the Letter of Intent & Grant Application Access Instructions, please CLICK HERE To access the Letter of Intent please CLICK HERE

3. Submit Grant Application onllne by noon on Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Once submitted, Impact100 NWF will check to ensure the application is complete and notify the applicant.

4. Review of Applications - July & August
A committee for each focus area consisting of Impact100 members will review the grant applications. Every organization will receive a site visit by committee members during the last week of July or in August. Applications will be evaluated on the strength of the organization, the strength of the project, the impact of the project on the community and the project's sustainability. Two finalists from each focus area will be selected. Finalists will be notified by phone. All other applicants will be notified by both email and mail prior to the press conference on September xx, 2021.

5. Finalist Presentation and Selection - October 2021
Summaries of the finalists' projects will be provided to voting members of Impact100 NWF. Each grant finalist will make a five-minute presentation at the Impact100 NWF Annual Meeting typically held on a Sunday in mid-late October. Impact100 NWF members will vote by individual ballot and the winning projects will be selected by majority vote that day.

6. Reports and Evaluation
Prior to the release of grant funds, each recipient must complete the Impact100 NWF Grant Agreement Form. Grantees must submit quarterly reports on the implementation and progress of the project to Impact100 NWF Board of Directors. When the project is complete, or funds are fully expended, the grantee must submit a final report.

7. Wish Lists
Qualifying applicants will have an opportunity to submit a wish list of items that could benefit their organization. Wish lists will be posted on the IMPACT 100 website for one year, giving possible donors an opportunity to fund applicant's wishes.

For any questions about the grant process contact us at grants@impactnwf.org


Grant Eligibility 

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 1 year
  • Based in, providing services to, or collaborating with organizations in Walton and Okaloosa Counties
  • Registered with the Florida Division of Corporations
  • Registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, unless the organization is exempt

Projects eligible for the Impact100 NWF grant must: 

  • Serve residents of, and expend funds fully in Walton and 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 IMPACT 100 grant amount
  • Expend funds within 24 months of the October award date
  • Be designated by the applying nonprofit organization for one of the five following Focus Areas:
    • Arts, Culture & History: Initiatives that cultivate, develop, and enhance the cultural, artistic and historic climate of Okaloosa and Walton Counties
    • Education: Initiatives that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adults in Okaloosa and Walton Counties
    • Environment, Recreation & Preservation: Initiatives that will restore, preserve, revitalize or enhance the facilities, surroundings and/or recreational opportunities of Okaloosa and Walton Counties
    • Family: Initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families living in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
    • Health & Wellness: Initiatives that improve the mental and/or physical well-being of people living in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.