Over half a dozen nonprofits in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties have been awarded grants of over 100 thousand dollars. Impact 100 is made up entirely of women aged 18 or older who each donate 1000 dollars to be given away as grants to non-profits.
The number of grants is determined by the number of members. This year marked the tenth year this group has awarded grants. Cindy Warren is the current Vice President and President-Elect of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100. She says the membership in the Pensacola Bay area group continues to grow.
To apply for one of the grants, non profits need to submit a letter of intent to Impact 100 by April 30. There are five focus areas that the non profits must choose from in their application: Arts and Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation and Preservation; Family; and Health and Wellness.
This year's grants were awarded on October 20 to Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, the Santa Rosa Historical Society, Independence for the Blind West Florida, the Humane Society of Pensacola, Pensacola Museum of Art, Council on Aging West Florida, Gulf Coast Kids House and FavorHouse of Northwest Florida. Each nonprofit has two years to use the money...and it all must be spent in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. You can find more at impact 100 pensacola dot o-r-g.
Okaloosa and Walton counties are represented by Impact 100 Northwest Florida. They will be awarding grants for those counties on November 17.