Drum roll please! On Friday, May 28, Impact 100 Palm Beach County virtually announced the nonprofit winners that took home a combined total of $565,000 in high-impact grants. For the 2020 grant year, Impact 100 PBC had 565 members and was able to award five $100,000 grants to CityHouse, Inc., Community Greening Corporation, Florida Atlantic University Foundation Inc. Department of Music, GIVT, Inc. and Roots & Wings, Inc. The remaining finalists each walked away with a $13,000 merit grant.
Impact 100 Palm Beach County is a women’s 501c3 nonprofit organization funding local nonprofit initiatives in southern Palm Beach County – between Boca Raton and Lake Worth. It is comprised of a growing number of women who donate $1,000 annually.
Leading up to the winners announcement, each of the finalist representatives had the opportunity to describe their project, their vision and what the high-impact grant would mean for their organization and the community through a short video and executive summaries. Women who made a $1,000 donation to become an annual member, pooled those donations together to make multiple $100,000 grants to deserving charities in the focus areas of Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation; Education; Environment and Animal Welfare; Family; and Health and Wellness.
“These grantees began the application process for funding nearly a year ago,” said Kathy Adkins, President of Impact 100 Palm Beach County. “Given these uncertain times, we know that receiving these high-impact grants is more critical to our finalists than ever. We hope that by adding $565,000 to these worthy southern Palm Beach County nonprofits, we can positively impact our community with these transformative funds. For the past nine years we have been able to help support nonprofit initiatives and have awarded more than $3.8 million in grants. Our goal for our 2021 10th Anniversary year is to have 600 members so we can award $600,000 to local nonprofits at our Grand Awards event!”
Impact 100 PBC has strict guidelines in place that nonprofits must complete to be eligible to compete for funding. This year, 110 grant applications were received. Through an online and in-person process, grant reviewers read and thoughtfully reviewed, scored and ranked the initial grant applications from the interested nonprofits. Grant reviewers meet to discuss which nonprofits will advance to full grant application and a site visit.
The five $100,000 nonprofit grant winners and their project descriptions are as follows:
- CityHouse, Inc. – Home and Hope
Focus Area: Family
- This project allows CityHouse to expand operations by opening a two-year residential program in Boca Raton that serves another six mothers and their children.
- Community Greening Corporation – Community Tree Champion
Focus Area: Environment & Animal Welfare
- Community Greening will help plant 1,000 trees to equitably strengthen the environment, economy, society, and health especially for minority residents who experience fewer eco-services offered by trees, such as shaded walkways, reduced flooding, and cleaner air.
- FAU Foundation, Inc. Department of Music – Keep the Music Playing!
Focus Area: Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation
- Keep the Music Playing! will provide weekly music instruction to 13 area middle and high schools on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University with a goal ofhigher GPAs and standardized test scores in middle and high school music students.
- GIVT, Inc. – PERIOD.
Focus Area: Health & Wellness
- Project PERIOD. is a movement to end period poverty in Palm Beach County schools.
Due to the lack of access to proper and necessary feminine hygiene products, young women are forced to miss school during menstruation which equates to over a month missed each year since puberty.
- Roots and Wings, Inc. – Project Uplift
Focus Area: Education
- Funding will be used to expand the reading program to 2nd and 3rd grades at two additional Title I schools, providing them with intensive small group reading tutoring after school for one hour, three days per week.
The remaining $65,000 is divided equally between the other five nonprofits, which will each receive a $13,000 merit grant. Those five nonprofits and their project titles are:
- Boca Helping Hands – Enhancing the Lives of Children and Families Through Food Storage Expansion
· Coastal Conservation Association, Inc. – Delray Dredge Hole Artificial Reef
- Compass, Inc. – Compass HEALS
- Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast – JA BizTown Mobile
- Spady Cultural Heritage Museum – Digitzing Black History in South Palm Beach County
Grant applications for the 2021 10th Anniversary year of Impact 100 Palm Beach County will open this fall. For more information about Impact 100 Palm Beach County, to join this chapter or to learn more about the grant application process, please visit www.impact100pbc.org or call 561-336-4623.