Impact 100 Martin awarded its first $100,000 grant on April 5, 2018. From 24 letters of intent submitted in January, the Grants Committee selected seven semi-finalists to make full grant applications and hold site visits. In March 2018, three finalists (House of Hope, Project LIFT, and Tykes & Teens) were selected and asked to present their proposals at the April Grant Awards Celebration for the membership-at-large to vote on.
Project LIFT’s launch of their Pathway Academy of Innovation to provide at-risk teens with an alternative way to obtain a high school diploma received the most votes, and was awarded the $100,000 grant. Project LIFT uses vocational skills training (auto and boat repair/restoration, welding, carpentry, sewing, creative design among others) as the centerpiece to teaching academics and providing counseling on mental health and substance abuse to students who might otherwise never finish high school.
With 107 members in our inaugural year, Impact 100 Martin was also able to contribute $3,500 each to finalists House of Hope and Tykes & Teens.