Impact 100 Baldwin County Reveals $545,000 to be Awarded in Grants
FAIRHOPE — At its first in-person reveal in two years, Impact 100 Baldwin County announced they will award five $109,000 grants this year to nonprofits serving Baldwin County. Totaling $545,000, these Grants will fund programs that make a difference in the quality of life for residents of this region. This is the largest grant amount given in a single year to date for the organization.
The 2022 grant amounts were announced at Impact’s Big Reveal held at the Nix Center in celebration of the successful conclusion of this year's Impact membership campaign.
Every dollar of a member’s $1,000 contribution goes directly in the grant pool. The membership drive, which concluded March 31, led to over 450 Baldwin County women joining or rejoining.
Impact 100 Baldwin County also officially kicked off its 15th year of grant making at the April 26th meeting. The organization was established in 2008 by Irene Meehan, who had read about similar organizations in Cincinnati and Pensacola. That year, 82 members joined, and Impact 100 awarded a single grant of $82,000. Since then, this all-volunteer women’s philanthropic organization has distributed $4.5 million in grants in Baldwin County.
“There is a lot to reminisce about and a lot to celebrate this year,” said Grants Chair Sandy Stepan. “After fifteen years of grant giving, we are going strong thanks to the unstoppable force of women.”
Grants are awarded in the five focus areas of Arts, Culture & Recreation; Education; Environment & Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness. Nonprofits have until May 13th to submit their letters of intent, and June 3rd is the deadline for submitting grant applications. Impact 100 members volunteer to serve in groups to evaluate the grant applications and select finalists, with the entire membership
voting to select the five grant recipients at the Evening of Impact event in the fall.
For more information, visit www.impact100BaldwinCounty.org.