Impact Grant Frequently Asked Questions

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Do we need to define the target population to be served by our proposed program/project?

Describing target population can be challenging.  Your target populations may be broadly defined for your nonprofit, 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.

Will there be more than one Impact Grant given?

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. If there are enough funds for more than one Impact Grant they will be disbursed per the information in our Procedures document.

May we apply even if we do not need the full $100,000?

We are only considering programs and projects that require the full amount of the Impact Grant at this time. If your proposed program/project requires less, you might consider applying for a Community Grant.

May we apply if we need more than $100, 000 in order to implement our program/project?

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.

What percentage of the Impact Grant can be used for administrative purposes?

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.

Does our organization have to be included in Upstream Investments and other community initiatives in order to participate in the Impact 100 RC grant cycle?

No, you do not need to be included in Upstream Investments or other community initiatives, e.g., Portrait of Sonoma.

How will the monies be distributed if we win the Impact Grant?

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.

Will we continue to work with members of the Impact 100 RC organization after the granting of the Impact Grant?

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.

Will we be asked to recognize and acknowledge Impact 100 Redwood Circle as donors in all brochures, newsletters, and on our website and to assist in media coverage?


Will Impact 100 Redwood Circle consider a grant request that is for collaboration on a program/project?

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. Proposals should be submitted from one organization but can indicate that they are collaborating with another organization.  Additionally, the applying organization can name other organizations providing resources or sponsorship can be named to demonstrate community outreach and sustainability.

What if my nonprofit is not able to provide prepared financial statements in time for the application deadline?

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.

What if a larger parent organization creates all the financial statements for multiple smaller units of the nonprofit, and we do not have financial statements for our local unit?

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.


Is it necessary to mail the two (2) hard-copies to the LOI via registered mail?

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).

Does the nonprofit need to reference specific LOI or FPA questions in the text of the narrative response portion of the LOI, of can the letter be freely written as long as it answers the question?

The answers to the LOI and FPA should specifically follow the questions listed in each application. Free-form narrative responses are not allowed.

What is the two-year time frame of Impact Grant monies disbursement for the recipient agency?

The clock will start when the award and disbursements are made and must be completed within the following 24 months.

Will the nonprofit be disqualified for the impact 100 Redwood Circle grant if it serves the entire Sonoma County, including the area serviced by Impact 100 Sonoma?

No, but the project/program should not be focused within the area served by Impact 100 Sonoma (Sonoma Valley from Kenwood to Schellville).