Impact100 Essex, a collective giving circle founded and funded by Essex County women, has announced the availability of a $100,000 Impact Grant to support an important, innovative project managed by a local nonprofit organization.

The first step in the application process is to send a letter of intent by Friday, May 28. Impact100 Essex urges nonprofits to apply with projects that deepen or expand their mission, innovate with a new program, or address challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about applying is at impact100essex.org/apply-for-a-grant.

At an April 20 session, more than 60 organizations from across the county attended to learn about the grant application process.

“We were pleased to see so many faces at our virtual information session — both familiar organizations and new ones too,” Jill Edinburg, grants committee co-chair said. “We look forward to reviewing their proposals, reflecting the transformative work these organizations do every day on behalf of our underserved communities in Essex County.”

Additionally, Impact100 Essex also recently announced the funding of a $30,000 Equity Grant for a nonprofit led by individuals who identify as BIPOC (Black, indigenous and people of color). Details about the Equity Grant application process are forthcoming.

On April 8, Impact100 Essex held "On the Ground,”  a virtual panel that discussed
inequities facing local nonprofits competing for funding. Members considered how
changes in the grantmaking process could reduce the impact of privilege and the racial
funding gap for local organizations. “This event is part of our renewed commitment to education around equity and inclusivity,” Mayuri Chandra, the group's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Committee chair, said.