Grant FAQs

Why did we make the change from project grants to core mission grants?  Please read the Core Mission FAQs.

How should I submit my Letter of Inquiry and/or Full Proposal?
Letters of Inquiry and Full Proposals are submitted online. See the Important Dates page in this section for deadlines, and the How to Apply page for application instructions.

Can our organization submit Letters of Inquiry or Full Proposals in more than one Focus Area?
No, each organization may submit only one grant application per year and must choose the Focus Area in which the proposal will be considered.

Can you give us guidance on which Focus Area is appropriate for our Letter of Inquiry and Full Proposal?
Sorry, we do not provide advice about selecting a Focus Area. Each organization must make that decision for itself. It is up to the applicant to determine the Focus Area that best aligns with the nature of the proposal.

The “competition” within each Focus Area will depend on the number and quality of proposals submitted for that area. Because of that, it could be perceived as unfair for Impact100 to help an applicant choose a Focus Area.  We recommend you consider which Focus Area best represents the emphasis of your proposal.

May I send additional materials with the Letter of Inquiry, such as one of our brochures or newsletters?
No, please send only information specifically requested. Any additional materials will be discarded.

Who can we contact to discuss our grant application?
For technical questions regarding our online application, please contact SlideRoom at

For questions regarding Impact100’s guidelines or process, you may email If we have questions about your Letter of Inquiry or Full Proposal, we will contact you.

Impact100 Philadelphia is committed to a fair, unbiased process. We do not accept any unsolicited communication related to topics other than questions about the guidelines or application process.

What is your Grant Distribution Policy?
The grant distribution amounts are dependent on the number of women who join year to year. Nonprofits will be awarded $100,000 towards their proposal. $100,000 core mission grants are awarded to the nonprofits receiving the highest number of votes at the Annual Meeting. Operating grants are awarded to the remaining finalists from the residual funds.

The funding we need for our proposal is more than the $100,000 grant Impact100 offers. Can we submit a proposal for more than the $100,000?
Yes. You can identify the additional funding sources for your proposal on the Full Proposal Budget Form.

The funding we need for our proposal is less than the $100,000 grant Impact100 offers. Can we submit a proposal for less than the full amount?
No. Impact100 is looking for proposals that use the full $100,000 grant.

Will you consider a proposal from a group of organizations collaborating on a project or program?
Yes. However, one of the collaborating organizations must be the “lead organization,” applying as if it were an individual organization on behalf of the collaboration. The lead organization must be willing to take on all the potential rights, responsibilities, restrictions and liabilities of the grant, if it is received.

How does Impact100 Philadelphia decide who gets the grants?
We accept Letters of Inquiry (and Full Proposals by invitation) in five Focus Areas. Each Focus Area has a committee made up of Impact100 members. These committees review and evaluate the applications, and may request a site visit, to select a finalist.

After each committee selects its finalist, all Impact100 members receive information on the finalists. The finalists attend our Annual Meeting in June and make presentations about their proposals. Impact100 members vote by individual ballot at the Annual Meeting, and that vote determines the grant recipients. Grant awards are announced at the Annual Meeting.

I noticed that you will award both core mission grants and operating grants.  Can I apply for an operating grant?
No, all applicants to Impact100 apply for a $100,000 core mission grant.  The results of the membership vote at the Annual Meeting determine the recipients of any operating grants.

Do you give grants to proposals that expend the funds over a period of years?
As stated in the grant guidelines, Impact100 seeks projects or programs that expend grant funds within 24 months.

Your guidelines indicate you will not fund capital campaigns. Will you fund capital expenditures as part of a proposal?
Yes. We will fund capital expenditures that are clearly related to the core mission of an organization.

Once an organization receives a grant from Impact100 Philadelphia, can it reapply the following year?
An organization that receives a $100,000 core mission grant from Impact100 is not eligible to apply in the next three grant cycles. If an organization receives an unrestricted operating grant, it may reapply for a core mission grant the following year. Organizations that apply but are not selected as finalists, or are finalists that do not receive the $100,000 grant, may reapply the following year.

If we submit a proposal this year that is not funded, how soon can we submit another proposal?
You may apply again the following year.

What kind of communication can we expect from Impact100 Philadelphia during this process?
Impact100 notifies all applicants at each stage of the application process, even if they are not invited to submit a Full Proposal, receive a site visit, or become a finalist.

Will the grant be paid in a lump sum?
Impact100 distributes project grants in installments depending on the nature of the proposal.  Operating grants are distributed in a lump sum payment.