Focus Area Award

In addition to our Core Mission Grants, one grant of $15,000 and four grants of $4,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit with programs addressing food insecurity for Westchester residents. The funds awarded for this grant must be used exclusively for food insecurity programming. 

There are two options to apply for the Focus Area Award: 

1.     Apply directly for a Focus Area Award or 

2.     Apply for a Transformational Project Grant.  If your Letter of Inquiry does not receive a request for a Full Proposal, apply for a Focus Area Award.  You will need to submit a separate Focus Area Award Application.

The Focus Area Award Committee will select 5 finalists and the Impact100 full membership will vote to select the grant recipient. The grant recipient will be announced late April and recognized at the Annual Meeting (see below Important Dates).

Eligibility Criteria – Organization must:

  • Be a nonprofit with program(s) addressing food insecurity for Westchester residents (such program(s) must be running for at least 12 months prior to applying for this grant)
  • Be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization
  • Be in operation for at least 24 months prior to applying for this grant
  • Maintain at least 2 years of CPA audited, or reviewed, financial statements (as required by NYS)
  • Have a minimum Total Revenue of $250,000

Other Considerations:

  • Nonprofits that submit an LOI for a Transformational Project Grant, but are not invited to submit a Full Proposal, will have the opportunity to apply for a Focus Area Award in the same cycle.
  • An organization that receives a Focus Area Award from Impact100 Westchester MAY apply for a Transformational Project Grant the following year.
  • An organization that receives a Transformational Project Grant from Impact100 Westchester MAY NOT apply for a Focus Area Award for 36 months after their last grant payment.
  • An organization that received a Core Mission (formerly “Operating”) Grant in the past MAY apply for a Focus Area Award. 

Impact100 Westchester will not provide Focus Area Awards for:

  • Individuals or private foundations
  • Activities that are religious, partisan, legislative or political in nature
  • Program(s) benefiting a for-profit organization, private foundation or individual

How to Apply:

  • Download a reference pdf copy of the Focus Area Grant Award here
  • Web-based Grant Application Portal opens February 19, 2020
  • Applications must be submitted through the Grant Application Portal by March 11, 2020

  • Focus Area Award Review Committee will evaluate applications
  • Members vote online, by anonymous ballot, to determine the grant recipient
  • Award recipient is announced late April
  • Award recipient is recognized at the Annual Meeting June 2, 2020

Award Payment:

Focus Area Awards will be paid within two weeks after the recipient has been announced and must be used exclusively for the organization's food insecurity program(s).

Important Dates for Focus Area Awards:

SlideRoom online application available February 19, 2020
Application & supporting documents due
March 11, 2020
Committee meets to review applications & vote for finalists
April 15, 2020
Finalists announced & Membership voting opens online
April 17, 2020
Membership voting ends
April 24, 2020
Award recipient announced April 27, 2020
Annual Meeting: Award recipient recognized June 2, 2020


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