Grant FAQ’s2017-07-28T17:16:29-04:00

Grant Process Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any resources to help my nonprofit with financial matters?2022-03-09T08:52:34-05:00

In 2022, we partnered with Barnes Dennig to bring “Financial Management 101 for NFP Leaders Who Do It All”. You can find the recording and slides as well as a Q&A wiki on Barnes Dennig’s website.

What specifically are you looking for in the evaluation section?2018-03-11T20:25:36-04:00

We are looking for the metrics used for determining the level of achievement of goals/objections and the methods used to measure those metrics and how you define success.  We also want to understand how the people served will be involved in the evaluation process as well as how the results will be used and disseminated.

What is the deadline for grant application?2017-07-28T17:17:22-04:00

For a detailed timeline of the entire Impact 100 grant cycle, please see the timeline sidebar on the Application Process page.

What are some of the reasons applications are rejected?2017-05-16T19:37:52-04:00

– Agency requested less than $100,000.
– More than one application came from an organization.
– Service is redundant because it is offered by other agencies.
– Program proposed or agency is not viable or transformational.

If we are not a grant recipient will someone let us know how we can improve our application?2018-09-27T19:10:43-04:00

It is our policy to not give direct feedback. Committee members change every year so advice other than general information presented on our website or at our Information Session for nonprofits would be misleading.

We are a small nonprofit and very new, will we still be considered?2018-09-27T19:24:00-04:00

Yes, if you meet all the criteria for consideration. We have had start-up organizations receive Impact 100 funding. You may want to consider collaborating with another nonprofit to have a greater impact.

Can our organization submit different grant applications in different focus areas?2017-05-16T19:35:59-04:00

No, each organization may submit only one grant application each year.

Will Impact 100 decide which Focus Area Committee will review an application?2017-07-31T20:42:37-04:00

No, every agency must make that decision independently.

If we submit a proposal this year that is not funded, how soon can we resubmit the proposal?2017-05-16T19:34:49-04:00

You may apply again the following year.

If we submit a proposal and are awarded a grant, how soon can we apply again?2019-10-09T14:24:25-04:00

When a nonprofit is awarded a grant, then the organization must wait three years before reapplying to Impact 100 for another grant.  The 3 year period for grant recipients to re-apply begins the year that the grant is awarded no matter if the grant money is distributed lump sum or via installment payments according to the terms of the grant agreement.
(Example: Nonprofit X received grant in 2018.  Nonprofit X would be able to re-apply for the 2022 grant cycle. Year 1 = 19, Year 2 = 20, Year 3 = 21).

What does it mean that you don’t cover “indigent care subsidies”?2017-05-16T19:33:10-04:00

It is not our intention to try to replicate services that are provided by the government such as, Food Stamps, WIC, and Medicaid.

Can we include our brochures, annual reports, and videos about our organization?2017-05-16T19:30:32-04:00

When we do site visits, we are interested in all this information; however, in the initial steps of our review of the applications, these things are not taken into account so we will not accept these with the original application.

How does Impact 100 pay out the grant money?2018-09-27T19:27:55-04:00

Impact 100 invests the grant money based on the project/program needs in installment payments.

What is the period of time the money must be spent?2017-07-07T16:34:58-04:00

The period of time the money must be spent correlates directly with the project’s intended implementation timeline, but must not exceed three years. Our milestone payment policy requires that the recipient provide Impact 100 with regular interim reports detailing the progress of both the project and its budget while milestone payments are being received.

What are the 10 counties from which Impact 100 will accept Letters of Intent and Grant Applications?2017-05-16T19:28:04-04:00

Indiana – Dearborn
Kentucky – Boone, Campbell, Kenton
Ohio – Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren

Does Impact 100 accept applications that are collaborative in nature between more than one nonprofit?2017-07-07T16:32:46-04:00

Yes. Collaborating proposals should meet the following criteria:
a) Two or more 501(c)(3) or 509(a) nonprofit organizations;
b) Be aware and submit letters of support for the collaboration (Common Grant Application stage)
c) Engage one of the partners as a lead fiscal agent through which all Impact 100 business is conducted.

If the project is a multi-agency collaboration, do we submit the financial information from all the collaborating partners?2022-11-01T20:58:16-04:00

If a project application is a multi-agency collaboration, Impact 100 requires financial information from all collaborating partners during the “Grant Application” stage of our process. Please note each partner should submit complete financial data for three years as outlined in the grant application checklist.

Can the $100,000 grant be used over multiple years?2017-05-16T19:25:02-04:00

Yes! Nonprofits may spread out their award, and in fact it is preferred (but not required). The distribution timetable does not impact your likelihood of receiving a grant one way or another.

Does Impact 100 fund current operating or overhead expenses?2022-11-01T20:59:26-04:00

No, Impact 100 grants are meant to be transformational. While the definition of transformational varies among members, we will not fund an organization initiative unless it expands programming or delivers services in a new way. An appropriate funding request for Impact 100 would be for services performed in a new way (innovation), more services of the same kind provided more often to their current population (deepening), or expanding their current service to a new population (expansion). Impact 100 would expect the budget to reflect such, which could include additional staff & their resultant operating costs or other capital requests.  Please also see FAQ on “new impacts.”

Does the Impact 100 website show which focus area past grant recipients came from?2022-11-01T21:00:24-04:00

Because grant finalists are put forth for membership voting without focus area designation (effective 2015), this information is not available publicly.

Do you have opportunities for volunteers that can’t donate $1,000?2022-11-01T21:02:01-04:00

Our current membership structure allows women to either join as a full member by donating $1,000, contributing $500 (and consequently receiving a half vote at the Annual Awards Celebration), or being selected for the Young Philanthropist Program.

We also welcome “Friends of Impact 100” and are thrilled when an individual or a foundation wants to help us with our annual expenses (which are held to a minimum since we are an “all-volunteer board.”). Although focus area committees are reserved for Impact 100 members, we welcome volunteers on operating committees such as marketing, PR, web development, nonprofit outreach, and communication.

How are grants that have faith focus received?2018-09-27T19:30:50-04:00

Impact 100 welcomes LOI’s that are programmatic, capital, start-up, or technical assistance from valid 501(c)3 or 509(a) organizations. We do not fund overhead requests.  Our funding cannot be used to advance faith-based programs (e.g. build a chapel) but can be used by a faith-based organization to address social issues.

Are grants always for the same amount?2022-11-01T21:03:06-04:00

All grants are for $100,000. Each time we accumulate 100 donations of $1,000, we are able to grant a $100,000 award.

Is there the ability to print out my application after my nonprofit submits on-line?2017-05-16T19:21:14-04:00

Yes!  Your Letter of Intent and/or Grant Application will be emailed to the Primary Contact and Executive Director contact information provided in the application.

What grant focus area receives the most grant requests?2019-10-09T14:25:53-04:00

A Wall Street Journal article featured a chart that revealed 52% of nonprofits in the United States have a Health & Welfare concentration and 19% are focused on Education. It is predictable that we would see a clustering of applications in those same categories; however, we have had grant recipients in every focus area.

Will more consideration be given to projects that affect more than one county?2017-05-16T19:19:44-04:00

Our members are advised to look at the impact of a request. That includes both breadth and depth. What resonates with one committee may not resonate with another. We ask you to speak from the heart (and back it up with data) what the true impact will be to those you serve.

If the most recent budget is not approved by an agency’s board by the grant deadline, can the “draft” be submitted?2022-11-01T21:04:24-04:00

Yes. For the Letter of Intent, Impact 100 is interested in your project budget and even though it is not officially approved, it must still be a realistic budget. Please note that the final question on the LOI asks you to confirm that your Executive Director and/or Board President is aware of the application.  For the Grant Application, the budget must include realistic quotes.

Do you look to fund only “new impacts” or would you consider supporting previously awarded impact areas (such as dental health/awareness)?2022-11-01T21:06:35-04:00

Impact 100 encourages all types of applications and if your program will change lives, we encourage you to submit it for consideration. Our committees have full control over who they choose as their finalist.  See also Impact 100’s funding of overhead connected to new, expansion, and/or deepening of services.

Are committee chairs allowed/willing to meet with me to discuss prior year submissions(s) in an effort to improve upon our previous application?2018-09-27T19:35:11-04:00

Impact 100 prides itself on its ability to maintain a level playing field amongst all applicants. In addition, due to the ever-changing makeup of membership and committee involvement, any advice given might actually be invalid and misleading into the next year. Therefore we do not offer subjective feedback.  Nonprofits are invited to attend information sessions hosted at the beginning of each grant cycle.

Is the Archdiocese under group ruling & umbrella 501(c)3’s?2017-05-16T19:16:22-04:00

The best way to answer this question is to ask you to investigate this with your staff. We are not well versed enough to answer specific questions that pertain to the over 7,700 nonprofits in the Tri-State region. But please note, only one application per 501(c)3 is allowed in any given year with the exception of group ruling.  In these instances, further documentation might be requested.

Have you ever funded a capital request, i.e. bricks and mortar?2018-09-27T19:40:49-04:00

We have, many times. If you review our website (See Our Impact), you’ll see that Impact 100 was the catalyst for many capital programs.

Who can I contact for more information?2018-09-27T19:43:41-04:00

Any questions or comments regarding the grant application process are welcome. Please contact us at or or

To whom should project partners address their letters of commitment?2017-05-16T19:14:12-04:00

(Applicable for the Common Grant stage of the application process)

Impact 100.

Are there any online tools that could help me with grant writing?2022-11-01T21:08:30-04:00

We recommend that you connect with an American Fundraising Professional or The Grant Professionals Association.  We also suggest listening to the presentation provided by GrantsPlus.  A link can be found on our website under “Apply for Grants”.


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