Grant Eligibility

Grant Eligibility

Organizations eligible to apply for an Impact100 Fannin County grant must:

  • Be an entity recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code. The organization must further be recognized as a public charity and not a private foundation or trust.  Documentation must be provided with the Letter of Intent.  The designation must be current and not in a suspended or revoked status with the IRS.
  • Be tax exempt for 3 years under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, independent of a financial sponsor (local affiliates may apply under the 501(c)(3) of the national or state organization).
  • Serve the residents of Fannin County, Georgia.
    • Applicant organizations need not be based in Fannin County, but the proposed project/program or capital endeavor must be implemented in Fannin County and serve residents of Fannin County exclusively. The Grant Application must reflect such intent.
  • Be in possession of and share financial statements and IRS form 990 submissions for the three most recent fiscal years.

Projects eligible for the Impact100 Fannin County Grant must:

  • Be a capital project, new program, or expansion of an existing program.
  • Expend funds within 24 months commencing January 1, 2025.
  • Be designated by the applying nonprofit organization for one of the following Focus Areas:
    • Arts & Culture: Initiatives that cultivate, develop, and enhance the cultural, artistic, and historic climate of the Fannin County area.
    • Education: Initiatives that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adults in the Fannin County area.
    • Environment, Recreation, & Preservation: Initiatives that will restore, preserve, revitalize, or enhance the facilities, surroundings, and/or recreational opportunities in the Fannin County area.
    • Family: Initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families in the Fannin County area.
    • Health & Wellness: Initiatives that improve the mental and/or physical well-being of people living in the Fannin County area.

Impact100 Fannin County will not provide grants for:

  • Capital projects to property that are:
    • not owned by the applicant as of the Letter of Intent due date; or
    • leased under a lease not in effect as of the Letter of Intent due date; or
    • leased under a lease with less than five years remaining on the lease as of July 1 of the Impact100 Fannin County Grant Award year.
  • Projects involving the acquisition of real estate.
  • Projects to re-grant an Impact100 Fannin award to other organizations, i.e., functioning as a granting organization similar to the function of Impact100 Fannin County.
  • Implementation costs associated with re-organization and/or mergers of two or more separate nonprofits.
  • Organizations with negative net assets reported on financial statements for the last two complete fiscal years.
  • Debt reduction or operational deficits
  • Interim or bridge funding
  • Grants to individuals
  • Grant writers
  • Fundraising activities or events
  • Endowments
  • Private foundations
  • Partisan, legislative, or political activities
  • Fraternal, sectarian, religious and other organizations where the grant is intended for the principal benefit of the organization’s own members or adherents or where the grant is intended for inherently religious activities or organizations that promote a specific religious doctrine.

  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with a religious organization may be eligible to apply only if the nonprofit possesses its own separate 501(c)(3) designation with a mission that serves any/all Fannin County residents without requirements for participants’ adherence to particular religious doctrines. Benefits of the project must not be dependent on a requirement to participate in any religious activity, ceremony, or service.
Revised 2.26.2024