Deadline September 14 for Nonprofits to Apply for $120K Impact100 Essex Grant

From IMPACT100 Essex:

Impact100 Essex made its first grant to Covenant House NJ this year: Opening Doors to Homeless Youth Steering Committee members Kate Shoemaker, Helen Mazarakis (Impact100 Essex co-founder), Margarethe Laurenzi (Director, Community Foundation of New Jersey), Mayuri Chandra, Selma Avdicevic, Lyn Rosensweig, Jim White (Executive Director, Covenant House New Jersey), Margo Greenfield (Impact100 Essex co-founder), Honorable Barbara Curran, Christine Curran, Ellen Greenfield, Bonnie Carter, Wendy Steele (Impact100 founder), and Lee Heh Margolies.

Impact100 Essex, a local women’s philanthropic organization now in its second year, has announced that it will award a $120,000 grant to a nonprofit organization that serves residents of Essex County. Applications are due on September 14, 2018. Finalists will be selected by December 1, and the grant will be awarded at their annual meeting on January 15, 2019.

An information session will be held on June 27, 2018 for non-profit organizations interested in applying, at the Waterfront Recreation Center, located at 2 Grafton Avenue in Newark, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 am. Applications will be available following the session.

Impact100 Essex is looking for projects in Essex County with high impact (new projects or expansion of existing projects); projects addressing under-met needs, and empowering an underserved constituency; projects that innovate, deepen or expand an existing mission, resulting in measurable, sustainable change; all with a plan to spend the grant within 2 years, and evidence that all funding needs will be fully met. Most importantly, we need evidence that the idea is effective – show us your research!

Organizations must operate within Essex County, NJ and have a 501 (c)(3), track record of success, they have to be in operation for at least three years, have an annual operating budget of at least $100,000, and have at least 2 years of independently prepared financial statements.

They will NOT fund:

  • Lobbying, partisan or religious projects,
  • Debt reduction, interim or bridge funding, endowments or fundraising,
  • General operating expenses or overhead,
  • Grants to individuals.

“We are encouraging organizations that have applied for their grant before, to consider reapplying,” says Helene Mazarakis, Chair of the Grants Committee. Nonprofits new to the organization’s grant process are encouraged to read details on the Impact100 Essex website and review the requirements.

In March of this year, Impact100 Essex has awarded a $112,000 grant to The Covenant House, for their Dove Learning Center program in Newark.

About Impact 100 Essex:

Impact100 Essex is a local pass-through foundation, committed to giving back to the community, and founded and funded by women in Essex County. We bring women together to amplify the impact of their giving and empower solutions for the community. Each year, Impact100 Essex awards a grant of at least $100,000 to support an important, innovative project managed by a local non-profit organization. For more information, please visit:

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