Grant FAQs

At Impact 100 Seattle we practice trust-based philanthropy with the aim of minimizing the work for nonprofits throughout the application process and the grant lifecycle. All of our grants are unrestricted.

How many grants will Impact 100 Seattle make?

We are excited to be entering another year of grantmaking! Our plan is to make one large grant of $100,000 and a few smaller grants for finalists, which are dependent upon the size of our member base as of May 1st.

When will grants be made?

We will select grants for funding on June 3, and grant awards will be made by the end of June. 

Do you provide multi-year funding?

Grant funding can be made over three years if desired, but we find that even small organizations are able to absorb funding in the first year. Grant winners may re-apply in future cycles, provided they continue to meet the grant criteria.

What does Impact 100 Seattle focus on in its grantmaking?

We follow the Impact 100 model which makes grants across five broad areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. In addition, Impact 100 Seattle is specifically looking for organizations that:

  • Serve the Puget Sound: Organizations must operate in the region, and the majority of programs and services must benefit those in the Puget Sound region.
  • Focus on underserved populations or address inequities: Population(s) are clearly identified, and programs and services are focused on increasing equity.
  • Center community: Organizations identify issues and develop strategies from lived experience with leadership that is representative of the community.  
  • Address underlying causes of inequities. The organizations address root causes facing their community.

What do you mean by Puget Sound region?

The Puget Sound includes the cities and counties along the I-5 corridor from Olympia to Everett, and west to Bremerton. Most organizations we fund are in the greater Seattle area. 

Can we use funding to expand beyond the Puget Sound? 

Impact 100 Seattle prioritizes to focus its funding on organizations that are based in and serving communities of the Puget Sound region.

Is my organization eligible if it serves a broader population and not under-served communities exclusively?

While we value community services (e.g. art programs, preschools) that reach all people, we prioritize organizations that focus on increasing equity for underserved populations.

What do you mean to "reflect the community served"?

We prioritize organizations that work to bring underrepresented communities to the forefront, and whose leadership, staff and board reflect and/or maintain proximity to the communities they serve. We want to see those directly impacted by inequities have decision-making power over strategy, direction and funding of the organization. We are typically looking to see that at least 50% of staff and board represent communities served.

Does our organization qualify if it focuses on direct services?

No. Impact 100 Seattle supports organizations with a commitment to addressing underlying causes and affecting long-term changes. 

We recognize the importance of organizations providing direct services like housing and food. These are important for meeting people’s basic needs and helping them navigate daily life. However, our focus is not on individual change, but people working collaboratively to change policies, institutions and structures that impact a broader group of people. For example, an organization providing STEM education to young students of color would not address root causes, but if that organization also works to ensure that schools include perspectives of BIPOC students in its curricula, and has instructors that represent these students teaching them, it would.

We understand that some organizations that drive longer term change may also be providing some direct services.  This does not disqualify an organization.  We are considering the primary focus of the organization.

Can I apply if my organization is fiscally sponsored?

Yes, your organization can apply for a grant from Impact 100 Seattle if it is either a 501(c)3, an affiliate of a 501(c)3, or fiscally sponsored.

What requirements does Impact 100 Seattle have on its grantees?

We have no formal reporting requirements. Our expectation is that organizations align with the vision and values of Impact 100 Seattle, that they work to collaborate with other organizations, and that there is a willingness to engage in a relationship with Impact 100 Seattle and its members.

What is Impact 100 Seattle‘s tolerance for risk?

We embrace risk and encourage any organization that meets our criteria to apply.

How long does an organization have to be operational to apply?

New and established organizations under $2 million in revenue and in-kind donations in the most recent fiscal year are encouraged to apply.

How do I apply? 

Our application window closes on Friday, February 23, 2024.  You can find our application here. If you miss your chance to apply, please follow our progress and return next year!

What is the grant review process?

Impact 100 Seattle is a new organization aiming to address some of the unhealthy power dynamics in traditional philanthropy. One of our first efforts was to streamline the grant application process, respecting the time of all applicants. Once organizations apply:

  • The Impact 100 Seattle grant review team will review applications and arrive at a list of 8 to 10 semi-finalist organizations. Applicants will be notified by email in early April.
  • Members of the grant review team will gather additional information on each of the semi-finalist organizations. We will first seek to obtain publicly available materials to minimize the level of effort for applicants. Two members of the grant leadership team will schedule a short discussion with a few follow-up questions related to leadership/board, financials, additional details on the impact of your organization or other areas.
  • Financial review will be conducted. Our team will aim to gather publicly available information including 990 forms, but in addition will also ask the organization to provide current year budget and latest financial statements. All documents can be provided in the format best suited to the organization.
  • Through a moderated session with the grants review team, we will recommend a final list of organizations to our Membership in late May. Membership will then vote on the allocation of funds.
  • Grants will be announced in June 3, 2024.
  • See more detail: Key Dates for the 2024 Grant Cycle.

Who serves on the grant review team?

Any Impact 100 member can serve on the Impact 100 grant review team after receiving basic training. Our grant leadership team is composed of Impact 100 Seattle members committed to addressing some of the unhealthy power dynamics in traditional philanthropy. As the organization grows, we expect the size and composition of this group to change as well.

Can I apply for a grant if my organization received one in the past?

If your organization meets all the 2023 criteria your organization is eligible to apply again - regardless of past grant award status. Each year, all applications are reviewed on the basis of the information they provide during the application process. The grant review committee is new each year and prior knowledge of applicant organizations should not be assumed.

Can you provide feedback on how to be more successful in our application?

Each grant cycle is different as there are different organizations being reviewed, and different women serve on the grant review team. The grant review team reads each of the submitted applications to determine how closely the organizations align with our grant criteria. From there, the organizations that most closely align are discussed, and we reach a consensus on which organizations should advance to the next round. If you are interested in feedback regarding your organization’s application, please contact us in June at the end of the grant cycle. We will be happy to share anything we can.

Please understand, the needs in our community are well beyond what our organization can support - we are unable to fund many deserving organizations.

How do I know if my application was submitted properly?

When you submit your application, you will be directed to a new page indicating that your application is complete. If you do not move to this page, check the application to ensure that all required fields are complete. Incomplete fields will be highlighted in red. You will receive an email message from containing the details of your application.  Please check your junk mail if you do not receive it.  

Do you need any additional information once we’ve submitted an application?

We seek some additional information for organizations advancing through the process (typically 8-10 organizations). We will ask for the latest 990 forms (if not publicly available), budget, balance sheet, income statements and audited financial statements. Following a short review, we will request a one-hour Zoom call to learn a little more about the organization and its leadership. If an organization becomes a finalist, we will set up a one-hour session to develop a video for our annual meeting.

If my organization has a capital endowment, but an annual budget of under $2.0 M annually, do we qualify?

Yes. We consider only financial revenue and in-kind donations. Fixed assets (e.g. property) are not considered in evaluating an organization’s qualification.

Can Impact 100 grant funds be used to pay salaries?

At Impact 100 Seattle, we practice trust-based philanthropy and put no conditions on how funds are used. If you believe the best use is salaries, you may absolutely do that.

What does it mean to be included in the nonprofit directory?

We are exploring the creation of a nonprofit directory. If your organization is interested in being included, please let us know by selecting the checkbox at the end of our 2024 grant application or email Participation in the directory has no bearing on the application review.