Grant Eligibility

Important Dates

June 13 – June 30: Call for Letter of Intent Submissions.

June 30:  Completed LOIs due.

July 24: Grant Application sent to selected organizations.

 August 7:  Completed Grant Applications due.

August 29:  Grant Semi-Finalists announced.

September 5 – September 22: Site Visits for Semi-Finalist Grant Applicants.

Site Visit Semi-Finalists will be contacted August 28 that their organization has been selected and will be scheduled during this time.

October 9:  Selected Grant Finalists will be notified and have the option to submit 10-minute video presentations for Impact100 Fannin County membership to view for voting in determining Grant Award Recipient(s).

October 25:  Video presentations due.

November 13 – “Evening of Impact” Grant Award and Celebration

Grant Eligibility

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

  • Be tax exempt for 3 years under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, independent of a financial sponsor (local affiliates may apply under the 501(c)(3) of the national organization).
  • Serve the residents of Fannin County, Georgia.
    • There is an understanding that the nonprofit organization may be headquartered and serve other populations throughout the State of Georgia, however, any grant funds given from Impact100 Fannin County must be utilized in Fannin County only.
  • Be in possession of and share financial statements and IRS form 990 submissions for the calendar years 2020, 2021, 2022.

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, 2024.
  • 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 Award year.
    • Projects involving the acquisition of real estate.
    • Projects to re-grant our Impact 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
    • Interim or bridge funding
    • 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.

    NOTE:  Church organizations that serve the community may be eligible to apply only if that organization within the church has its own separate 501(c)(3) designation.

Grant Application Process

Impact100 Fannin County awards grants to nonprofits in our community that address the focus areas stipulated in our Eligibility Criteria. Eligible nonprofits may submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for grant funding of up to $100,000 for this year. We recommend reading our Eligibility Criteria before proceeding.

Grant Applications which are advanced beyond the LOI phase will be evaluated on the following criteria.

  1. Overall mission, vision of organization
  2. Meeting a unique need in the community in a sustainable manner
  3. Proposed use of grant dollars
  4. Shows clear, measurable outcomes in programming specific to the identified focus area

As we continue to grow and evolve, Impact100 Fannin County reserves the right to change its eligibility criteria without notice at any time.