Grants

Overview

Impact Las Vegas has a goal to recruit a minimum of 100 members, each donating $1,000 per year.

One hundred percent of member donations are returned to the community in the form of grants. We pool individual $1,000 donations into annual grants.

Impact Las Vegas’s funding cycle runs from July 1 of the current year to June 30 of the following year. In each funding year, we collect money through December, solicit and evaluate proposals January through May, and award the grants in June. We announce the exact amount of money available in the funding year in early January after the December 31st membership deadline.

The number and amount of the grants we offer is determined by the number of members we have as of December 31 of each year. Then in January of each year, we invite organizations to submit a letter of inquiry for our grants. Full applications and proposals are then due from eligible nonprofit organizations in March and in each June, we select the recipients. Grant recipient selection is a four-part process that includes completing our required forms. We do not accept grant requests outside of this annual process.

Grant applications are accepted in each of the focus areas: culture, education, environment, family, or health & wellness.

Impact Las Vegas’s members serve on committees and evaluate the grant proposals. The committees select finalists in each of the five focus areas. In June, we invite all members to cast a vote for the winning grant recipient(s).


Grant Guidelines

Eligibility:

To qualify for an Impact Las Vegas grant, an organization must be classified as a “public charity” with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509 (a) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, operate within and provide services in Southern Nevada (or be a recognized chapter of a State, regional, or national nonprofit serving this area).

The full amount of the grant must be used within 24 months to fund a project or program that targets a specific population in Southern Nevada for a specific duration and with specific measureable goals.  Applicant organizations need not be based in Southern Nevada, but the proposed project or program must be implemented in Southern Nevada and serve the residents of Southern Nevada. The project may be a capital project, new program, an expansion of an existing program, or a collaborative effort of several agencies.

Additional eligibility requirements may be defined by Impact Las Vegas and will continue to evolve as the organization growsImpact Las Vegas reserves the right to change eligibility criteria from year-to-year with or without notice.

Restrictions:

Impact Las Vegas will not fund grants for any of the following activities or expenditures:

Guidelines:

Focus Areas:

Impact Las Vegas accepts grant applications for the following focus areas:

Culture:  Initiatives, projects or programs that cultivate, develop and enhance the cultural and/or artistic climate in Southern Nevada.

Education:  Initiatives, projects, or programs that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adult residents of Southern Nevada.

Environment:  Initiatives, projects or programs that aim to preserve or improve natural resources, encourage conservation, and/or that restore, preserve, revitalize or enhance historical facilities or surroundings of the Southern Nevada area.

Family:  Initiatives, projects or programs that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families in the Southern Nevada area.

Health & Wellness:  Initiatives, projects or programs that improve the mental and/or physical well-being of people living in Southern Nevada.

Application Process:

Impact Las Vegas has a four-step application process.

Step One – Submit A Letter of Inquiry

Each applicant must complete the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form and submit via e-mail to grants@impact-lv.org along with a copy of the organization’s IRS determination letter confirming the organization’s nonprofit status.

Letters of Inquiry are due by mid February.  Impact Las Vegas reserves the right to reject a Letter of Inquiry for any reason, including a missed deadline or incomplete information.

Step Two – Submit A Grant Application

Each applicant invited by Impact Las Vegas to continue with the application process must complete the current year’s Letter of Inquiry (LOI) form and submit it with all required attachments via e-mail to grants@impact-lv.org.  Invited applicants will be notified as soon as possible that they have been selected to continue on with the grant application process. We anticipate this occurring by the end of February.

The Grant Application Form and all required attachments is due by the end of March of each year. Any applications submitted via a different method or not using the required form, or incomplete will not be considered.

Step Three – Site Visits

Impact Las Vegas Focus Area Committees will review all grant applications and will select finalists from each of the focus areas.  Committee members will then contact the semi-finalist organizations to schedule a site visit to occur sometime in early to mid-May.  Organizations not selected as semi-finalist candidates will also be notified of their status during this time period.

The objective of the site visits is to complete a general due diligence review and to investigate and resolve any remaining questions regarding the organization or the proposed program or project.  We anticipate that a site visit will take approximately 60 minutes of dedicated time and we request the participation of the executive director, the project/program manager, a board member and a financial representative.  A schedule and agenda will be suggested prior to the visit.

Step Four – Final Decision Process

Finalists from each focus area will be selected no later than the end of May of each year.  Information about each finalist will be made available to all Impact Las Vegas members as soon as possible following their selection.  Representatives from each of the finalist organizations will be invited to the Impact Las Vegas  June Annual Meeting to make a short presentation about their project or program to all of the members.  Impact Las Vegas members will then vote by individual ballot at the annual meeting or by absentee ballot to select the grant recipient(s).  The voting results will be tabulated and announced that evening.

Impact Las Vegas is committed to acting with integrity in all of our relationships, and to selecting our grant recipients through an honest and fair process. To that end, we have adopted a formal Conflict of Interest policy for all of our members.  We respectively request all grant-seeking organizations to honor our policy and refrain from calling or contacting Impact Las Vegas members during the grant selection process, particularly Grant Focus Area Committee members.  All members are being asked to maintain the confidentiality of the grant process.


Grant FAQ’s

Who is eligible to receive a grant from Impact Las Vegas?

To qualify for an Impact Las Vegas grant, an organization must be classified as a “public charity” with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509 (a) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, operate within and provide services in Southern Nevada (or be a recognized chapter of a State, regional, or national nonprofit serving this area). The full amount of the grant must be used within 24 months to fund a project or program that targets a specific population for a specific duration and with specific measureable goals.  Additional eligibility requirements will be defined by Impact Las Vegas and will continue to evolve as the organization grows

What types of grants will Impact Las Vegas fund?

Impact Las Vegas will fund project or program grants in five areas of focus:  Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health & Wellness. Types of programs that do not qualify include general operating expenses, partisan or legislative activities, political lobbying, debt reduction, individual churches or bodies of worship, or religious organizations where the sole or primary focus is proselytizing and endowment or annual fund drives.

What is the grant application process?

The process begins in January each year.  As a first step, organizations will submit a letter of inquiry.  If they meet the eligibility requirements as defined by Impact Las Vegas, they will be invited to submit an application for consideration. Then the Impact Las Vegas volunteer Grant Review Committee researches and nominates finalists for presentation to and voting by the entire membership at our annual meeting in June.

How will a grant recipient be chosen?

A grant review committee is made up of volunteer members and may include sub-committees for each of the five grant focus groups:  culture, education, environment, family, health and wellness. These volunteers read the applications, debate the merits of each, perform site visits and narrow their choices.  Finalists are selected  and their projects are presented to the entire membership prior to the annual meeting. Each member votes at the annual meeting or by absentee ballot to determine the grant recipients.

The Sub-Committees focus on charitable initiatives that cultivate, develop, educate and improve the cultural climate; that further community educational opportunities and improve education; that preserve, enhance, revitalize or restore facilities and surroundings in the environment; that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families; and that positively impact the mental and physical health and wellness of the people in Southern Nevada.

How does Impact Las Vegas oversee the distribution of monies awarded to nonprofit organizations?

The Grant Application form requires the non-profit organization to include an organizational profile; a description of the program/project requesting funding, including timeframe if appropriate; an explanation of how the program/project will impact the community; an accounting of how short-term, intermediate, and/or long term success will be defined and measured; and the anticipated program/project budget/funding plan. Applicants will be required to submit organizational financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year and competed audit and auditor’s notes (or the most recent IRS Form 990 if the organization does not have an audit done).  Additional attachments required include the organization’s IRS letter of 501(c)(3) determination, a list of key staff members and qualifications/bios, and the information regarding organizational board members.

The Application also includes a certification/agreement, to be signed by the board president and executive director.  This certification acknowledges that if the organization is selected to receive funding, they will be subject to periodic reports regarding the use of grant funds, their compliance with the terms of the grant, and the progress made towards achieving the goals of the grants.

It further specifies that the successful grant recipient will be responsible for the expenditure of funds and for maintaining adequate records consistent with generally accepted accounting principles. Periodic reporting on the use of these funds will also be a requirement and the organization further agrees to make the grant fund financial records available to Impact Las Vegas for inspection at reasonable times from grant acceptance through completion of the project/program.

The certification also stipulates that in the case of any violation by the successful grant recipient of the terms and conditions of the grant, including but not limited to failing to execute the work of the grant in substantial compliance with the proposal, Impact Las Vegas may terminate the grant.  Upon termination of this grant for any reason, the grant recipient agrees to immediately repay to Impact Las Vegas any portion of the grant funds that were not spent for the approved grant project/program.