FAIRHOPE, Alabama -- Impact 100 Baldwin County announced celebration-style tonight that it will award five $91,000 grants this year to 501(c)(3) nonprofits primarily serving Baldwin County.  The $91,000 grants will fund programs that are transformative to the recipient organization and the populations it serves. 

Each year, Impact’s grants are given in direct correlation to the number of members who join or re-join IMPACT 100 Baldwin County.  The grants are funded by pooling the $1,000 donations of each member as part of a "giving circle,” and 100% of membership contributions are granted directly to the nonprofits.

 This year’s membership drive, which ended on March 31, resulted in a record number of members, which will allow Impact 100 to award $455,000 in grants later this year.  Since forming in 2008, the all-volunteer Impact 100 Baldwin County has already distributed $2.6 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations.

"Historically, in Baldwin County, most charitable giving has been awarded in smaller amounts which constantly has nonprofits in a fundraising mode. Providing large, transformative grants enables the nonprofit to dream big,” said Melanie Harris, President of Impact 100 Baldwin County.  "Many of these organizations haven’t seen the resources available to dream about what they can accomplish, and we are trying to help them open their eyes to the opportunity that now exists.”

Tonight, one of the former recipients, the Baldwin County Library Cooperative, was at the James L. Nix Center in Fairhope for the Celebration to show off the result of its 2016 Impact grant, a Bookmobile which now provides services to citizens who live in rural areas not served by a municipal library. 

This year, interested nonprofits will have until May 1 to submit a Letter of Intent to apply for a grant and June 5 is the last date to submit the grant proposal.

Grants are awarded in five areas: arts & culture; education; environment, preservation & recreation; family; health & wellness. Nonprofits can apply in any of these categories and Impact 100 members volunteer to serve on committees to evaluate the grants and select finalists, with the entire membership voting in the fall to determine the winners.

Impact 100’s mission is to improve the lives of residents by awarding high-impact grants to local nonprofits that fund innovative, meaningful projects that allow agencies to better serve their clients and to improve the Baldwin County community.

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