Impact Grants

Impact Grants are meant to increase the long-term impact of an organization or program, increase the organization’s ability to reach under-served populations, or enable two or more nonprofits to work collaboratively to create transformative and sustainable community change.

Important to Know

  • The application process includes a Preliminary Application and, if invited by the committee, a Full Application.
  • Impact Grants are not awarded in consecutive years. If you received an Impact Grant in 2023, you are not eligible to apply for an Impact Grant in 2024.
  • Impact Grants require a 1:1 cash match be secured before being paid.
  • The Community Foundation will consider leadership gifts early in the capital campaign process to help leverage other giving.

Projects must meet at least one of the following Impact Criteria:

  • Significantly increase the long-term impact of an organization or program, not provide for ongoing operations (routine expenses such as ongoing programming, occupancy, administration, etc.)
    • For example, Impact Grants will not purchase food for a pantry; however, we might purchase equipment that help a pantry stock healthier options to impact the health of their clients.
  • Significantly increase an organization’s ability to reach under-served populations, rather than simply serve more people.
    • For example, Impact Grants are not designed to increase the number of people utilizing an existing program, but rather to help expand a successful program to have greater impact to a new, high-need population.
  • Enable two or more nonprofits to work collaboratively to create transformative and sustainable community change. We welcome applications where two or more organizations are collaborating to implement a solution to a critical community issue.

Impact Grant Timeline:

Organization Registration period: April 10 - May 10, 2024. If you have not already registered your organization with our online grant portal GOapply, you must do so before May 10.

Preliminary Application Period: April 10 - May 15, 2024. A preliminary application is due by 5 pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. We strongly encourage you to submit before the due date to ensure we can assist you if needed. The Impact Grant Committee reviews the preliminary applications and decides which will be invited to submit a full grant application. Preliminary applicants will be notified by late May.

Final Application Period - by invitation only: June 21 - July 25, 2024. Final applications will be reviewed by committee in mid-September, with notification in mid-September.

Please review the SAMPLE Impact Grant Application to prepare the information needed.


Impact Grant Preliminary Applications require the following attachments:

  1. Your organization’s current operating budget (including all income and expense items)
  2. Any photos or other marketing materials that may help the committee to understand your organization and the project

Impact Grant Final Applications require the following attachments:

  1. A complete project budget
  2. If applicable, your Fiscal Agent’s letter of endorsement
  3. Your organization’s current operating budget (including all income and expense items)
  4. Letters of Support: at least one, but no more than three, letters of support for your application. Letters should verify the community need for your project and confirm any planned collaborations.
  5. List of board or council members - with their professional positions
  6. Most recent balance sheet – please note that as part of the review process, the Foundation may also request your most recent audit.
  7. If you are applying for a capital purchase, include any photos that may help the committee to understand the scope of the project.