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Eligibility and Grant Guidelines


To qualify for an IMPACT 100 Owensboro grant, an organization must be recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and proof of good standing and current registration with State of Kentucky Secretary of State.

We accept grant applications that address issues in five areas:

  • Culture
  • Education
  • Environment & Recreation
  • Family
  • Health & Wellness
The Organization: 
  • Must be located in the Greater Owensboro area, or may be the recognized local chapter of a state or national organization serving this region.
  • Must submit a proposal for a project or program that is implemented in or serves residents of the Greater Owensboro area.
  • Cannot discriminate based on religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender.
  • Must demonstrate sustainability and community support, which may be evidenced by public donations, volunteerism, and utilization of the organization’s facilities and/or programming.
  • A past recipient of an IMPACT 100 Owensboro $100,000 Grant (individual recipient or collaborative partner) must wait 3 years to reapply.
  • Beginning in 2019, a past recipient of an IMPACT 100 Owensboro Residual Grant must also wait 3 years to reapply.

As we continue to grow and evolve, IMPACT 100 Owensboro reserves the right to change its eligibility criteria.

Application Guidelines
  • An agency may submit only one grant per year to IMPACT 100 for the $100,000 grant and one grant per year for the Residual Grant.  The Next Generation grant is a separate grant and can be applied for within the same year as the $100,000 and Residual IMPACT 100 grants.
  • A proposal must be for the full grant amount. The project’s total budget may exceed the grant; but if so, the grant application must indicate how the remaining funds will be secured.
  • An organization must expend the grant within 24 months of award.
  • Any portion of the grant funds used for Endowment purposes by the agency shall remain in principal for at least six years.
  • The project may be a new program, an expansion or modification of an existing program, or a collaborative effort of several agencies.
  • The grant recipients must sign a contract with IMPACT 100 Owensboro which spells out the agency’s responsibilities for disbursement of funds.
IMPACT 100 Owensboro accepts applications that are for:
  • Programming (new or expanding activities that support agency’s mission)
  • Capital Expenditures
  • Endowment Funding
  • Research and Development Oriented
  • Collaborative Project/Program (combined efforts of more than one non-profit)
IMPACT 100 Owensboro will not accept applications that are for:
  • General operating expenses or overhead (i.e. if your agency provides books, the IMPACT 100 Owensboro grant cannot be used for books; current staff salaries; utilities; etc.)
  • Partisan, legislative, political, or religious activities
  • Repayment of previously incurred debt
Grant Submission Guidelines
  • Download the IMPACT 100 Owensboro Grant Application. Elements of the form, Section 1 and the financial forms for Section 7, are Microsoft Word tables and could be completed electronically.
  • Designate a focus area for your application (select one: Culture, Education, Environment & Recreation, Family or Health & Wellness)
  • Five complete copies of the application, including all attachments and one flash drive containing an electronic copy of the application and all attachments in one large PDF, must be delivered to the following address by June 5, 2019 at 5 p.m.:

Mary Embry, Edward Jones Investments
3811 State Route 54, Suite 104
Owensboro, KY  42303

[email protected]


Please see the side tab “Grant Question and Answers” for more detailed explanations.