Application Process

Impact100 Little Traverse Bay awards grants to nonprofits in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties that address the focus areas stipulated in our Eligibility Criteria.

Eligible nonprofits may submit a Letter of Intent to apply for grant funding of $100,000. We recommend reading our eligibility criteria before proceeding.

Member volunteers review and score Letters of Intent based on 4 criteria before selecting a subset of organizations to complete a full grant application:

1. Overall mission, vision of organization
2. Meeting unique need in the community
3. Proposed use of grant dollars
4. Shows clear programming specific to the focus area identified each year.

Important Milestones:

October: Grant Writing Workshop

January: Open Call for Letter of Intent Submissions

February: Grant Applications Open for Selected Organizations

May: Grant Review and Site Visits

August: Voting Event for Finalists

Important Dates

All stages of the grant review process are conducted entirely by current members of Impact100 Little Traverse Bay.

Focus Areas

Arts & Culture

Cultural programs, participation in the arts, arts education


Conservation and preservation of natural resources; environmental justice; parks and recreation; agricultural sustainability; environmental education and climate action.

Health & Wellness

Improvement of people’s mental and/or physical well-being.


Educational opportunities for children and/or adults, especially those that address lingering educational disparities affecting our community


Strengthening and enhancing the lives of children and families, including seniors

The Grants Committee ultimately selects two to three finalists to compete for the $100,000 grant at our Annual Meeting.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Defined as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Organizations serving the counties in the area
  • In possession of at least three full years (36 months) of independently prepared, audited, or reviewed financial statements

Grant FAQs

Applications are submitted online. See our Grants page for the link to apply when the grant application period is open.

No, each organization may submit only one grant application per year and must address the Focus Area described in the criteria.

Yes. You will be able to identify the additional funding sources for your proposal on the form.