Celebration was in the air Tuesday night at the Carriage House at the Howard Steamboat Museum. Impact100 Southern Indiana announced that they had raised $140,000 to fund a grant to be awarded later this year to a nonprofit organization serving Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties.
The 2023 grant of $140,000 is the largest grant to be funded by Impact100 Southern Indiana to date. The 2022 grant total was $116,000. Since its inception six years ago, this women-founded, led, and focused nonprofit, has raised $713,000 of grant funding for the Southern Indiana community.
Each year the grant total has increased as more women join the organization. The model for Impact100 is to bring together women, each donating $1,000, to fund an impactful grant to a local nonprofit. 100 women equals $100,000. 100% of donations go into the grant. This year, 140 women contributed $140,000. The women who contribute also evaluate grant applications and vote to decide which nonprofit receives the grant.
The focus of the Impact100 grant can be in any one of five focus areas: arts and culture, education, family, health and wellness, or the environment. The nonprofit must propose a project that serves unmet needs in the community within Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties, provides transformational change, and can be completed within two years.
Organizations interested in applying for the grant can log onto www.impact100si.org for details about helpful training sessions for the application process, guidelines, the independent review process, timelines, deadlines, and information about Impact100 Southern Indiana.
The Annual Awards Celebration will be held on Thursday, November 2. The nonprofit finalists will present brief overviews of their proposed projects, and members will vote to decide on the recipient. The $140,000 grant will be awarded at the end of the evening.