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IMPACT GRANT FAQS
Describing target population can be challenging. Your target populations may be broadly defined for your non-profit, but your proposal may be designed to serve a subset of that population. Be as specific as possible in characterizing the target population in order to make sure your intended outcomes are measurable, in alignment, and demonstrate an impact.
One of the three finalists will be chosen as the winner at our annual meeting and will receive a full $100,000 grant. Any monies raised in excess of the $100,000 Impact Grant will be applied to the Community Grants Program.
We are only considering programs and projects that require the full $100,000 at this time. If your proposed program/project requires less, you might consider applying for a Community Grant.
Yes you may apply BUT you will need to indicate how you will fund and sustain the program/project and what percentage of the overall budget the Impact Grant represents.
There is no restriction on the amount of the funds that can be used for administrative fees for the program/project. However, no funds may be used for general administrative fees for the organization. ALL expenses covered by Impact Grant funds must be used to meet the goals of the program/project.
No, you do not need to be included in Upstream Investments or other community initiatives, e.g., Portrait of Sonoma.
The monies will be distributed over a maximum of two years, depending on the needs of the organization and the nature of the program/project. You must demonstrate achievement of program/project goals by the third year.
Yes, we will have a liaison committee work with you to ensure your success for a maximum of three years. We will also invite you to our social events to report to the membership-at-large about your progress and success.
We acknowledge the value of collaborations/partnerships/alliances, however, we require the applying organization have control over all aspects of the project/program including planning, implementation, funding, impact, and recognition. We cannot accept proposals from collaborating partnerships or alliances. Organizations providing you with resources or sponsorship can be named to demonstrate community outreach and sustainability, but they cannot serve as collaborators.
If, due to your nonprofit’s fiscal year timing, your nonprofit will not have its final, audited financial statements available in time for our application deadline, then preliminary statements may be submitted, but they must also include (1) a certification from the Board of Directors as to the accuracy of those preliminary financial statements, (2) a clear indication on those financial statements that they are preliminary, and (3) an explanation as to why your nonprofit is not able to provide final, audited financial statements.
We strongly prefer to see financial statements for the Sonoma County operations of your nonprofit. If the financial statements of your parent organization represent a wider geographic area, please indicate the area covered by those statements and also provide an estimate of the percentage of the nonprofit’s operations that are focused on our Sonoma County region.
A hardcopy of the LOI and FPA are not necessary, however, if you are unable to submit electronic signatures on the documents, you must mail a hardcopy of the signature page(s).
It will be helpful to LOI reviewers if you reference the question number, or reference key words, when providing your response.
The clock will start when the award and disbursements are made and must be completed within the following 24 months.
No, but the project/program should not be focused within the area served by Impact 100 Sonoma (Sonoma Valley from Kenwood to Schellville).