Apply for Grants 2018-02-28T16:43:31+00:00

Thank you for your interest in applying for an Impact 100 Grant! We combine members’ $1,000 or $500 contributions and invest in multiple high-impact grants to nonprofit programs selected by our membership, made up of women from neighborhoods throughout Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Eastern Indiana. Click here to see the Impact of Grant Recipients made possible through our members’ generous support.

Nonprofit organizations may apply for only one type of grant per year.  We do not accept grant requests past our submission deadlines.

For instructions for our next grant cycle visit Grant Application Process.

You can download a complete copy of the Viability Checklist which includes information on eligibility: Download Viability Checklist


Please note that Impact 100 has a two-step application process, utilizing a Letter of Intent (LOI), followed by the Greater Cincinnati Common Grant Application. Refer to the calendar on the “Application Process” page to see our current application process timeline.

Organizations who have been a Grant Recipient of an Impact 100 grant may not reapply for the following three years. For example, 2015 recipients may not reapply until the 2019 grant cycle.

Organizations that apply to Impact 100 must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Incorporated a 501(c)(3) or 509(a) public charity with a certificate or letter of status as a pdf;

  • Identify a program or project clearly within Impact 100’s eligibility guidelines;

    • targets a defined population;
    • for a defined duration;
    • with defined, measurable goals;
    • in the 10 counties in the regional Tri-State area;
    • will use $100,000 grant.
  • Select the proper focus area under which a proposal will be considered.

  • Stay within the character limits outlined in the LOI and Common Grant.

  • Clearly state what we will do, how we will spend the grant monies, and why funding is requested.

  • Wait three years to reapply if have been an Impact 100 Grant Recipient.  For example, 2015 recipients may not reapply until the 2019 grant cycle.

While these are the minimum expectations for nonprofits to apply to Impact 100, the 2017 Grant Cycle introduced the Viability Checklist which outlines expectations for a nonprofit to be a viable finalist candidate within Impact 100.


Please note that Impact 100 has a five-phase application process.  Refer to the calendar on the “Application Process” page to see our current application process timeline and further details.

The organization’s proposal for a program grant must:

  • Outline a project or program that targets a specific population for a specific duration and with specific measurable goals to be achieved.
  • Provide services in Hamilton, Brown, Adams, Clermont, Butler, Warren, Dearborn, Kenton, Campbell, or Boone counties in Ohio, Eastern Indiana, and Northern Kentucky.
  • Use the full amount of Impact 100’s available grant.
  • Plan to expend the grant funds within 36 months.
  • Be programmatic, capital, start-up, technical assistance, or expansion.
  • Choose only one Focus Area (outlined on the right) under which it wishes to be considered. Impact 100 does not provide guidance as to which focus area is appropriate.

The organization’s grant proposal cannot be accepted for:

  • Endowments, existing operating costs, partisan activities, completed projects, individual churches, indigent care subsidy, travel, loans, pass-through funds, or for individuals.

Our guidelines continue to evolve, and Impact 100 reserves the right to change its criteria at any time.  To stay up-to-date on current funding priorities and grant cycles, email

Grant Focus Areas


Programs and projects that cultivate, develop, educate and improve the cultural climate in the Tri-state Region.


Programs and projects that further the ability to educate and improve education in the Tri-state Region.

Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Programs and projects that focus on charitable initiatives that preserve, enhance, revitalize or restore facilities and surroundings in Tri-state Region.


Programs and projects that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families in the Tri-state Region.

Health and Wellness

Programs and projects that positively impact the mental or physical health and wellness of the people in the Tri-state Region.