Focus Area Grant – New for the 2019 Grant Cycle

In addition to our Transformational and Core Mission Grants, we will award a special Core Mission Grant of $15,000 in a specific focus area.  For 2019, the Focus Area Grant will be awarded to an Arts & Culture nonprofit organization serving Westchester.

There are two options to apply for the Arts & Culture Focus Area Grant: 

1.     Apply directly for a Focus Area Grant or 

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

The Focus Area Grant Committee will determine the grant making process, including eligibility, application, proposal review, financial review, and selection. 

The committee will select 5 finalists and the Impact100 full membership will vote to select the grant recipient. The grant recipient will be announced mid-April and recognized at the Annual Meeting on May 21, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria – Organization must:

  • Be an Arts & Culture nonprofit with a mission that is predominantly dedicated to serving Westchester residents through Arts & Culture programs and services
  • Be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization
  • Be in operation for at least 24 months prior to applying for this grant
  • Maintain 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 Grant in the same cycle.
  • An Organization that receives a Focus Area Grant from Impact100 Westchester MAY apply for a Transformational Grant the following year.
  • An organization that receives a Transformational Grant from Impact100 Westchester MAY NOT apply for a Focus Area Grant 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 Grant. 

Impact100 Westchester will not provide Focus Area Grants for:

  • Individuals or private foundations
  • Organizations that are religious, partisan, legislative or political in nature, such as advocacy work

How To Apply:

  • Web-based Grant Application system opens mid-February
  • Please see sample grant application here

  • Application must be submitted by mid-March deadline
  • Focus Area Grant Review Committee will evaluate applications
  • Members vote online, by anonymous ballot, to determine the grant recipient
  • Grant Recipient is announced mid-April
  • Grant Recipient is recognized at the Annual Meeting late May

Grant Payment:

Focus Area Grants do not require a Grant Agreement, may be used for any legitimate operating purpose consistent with the organization's mission and will be paid in full within two weeks of the Annual Meeting.

Important Dates:

SlideRoom online Application AvailableFebruary 14, 2019
Application Submission DeadlineMarch 18, 2019
Grant Recipient AnnouncedApril 12, 2019
Annual Meeting: Grant Recipient RecognizedMay 21, 2019

Copyright 2019.  Impact100 Westchester, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. P.O. Box 634, Hartsdale, NY  10530-0634

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