Our membership’s overwhelming vote to approve a departure from our regular grant award process has allowed us to have an immediate impact on those who need assistance as a result of the pandemic. Our efforts were featured on the cover of the June 22nd edition of Luminaries. The article covers our members’ quick action to change our grant funding to help local nonprofits during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the story here 

Impact 100 Martin and the other members of the COVID-19 Funders’ Consortium for Martin County have awarded over $900,000 to 25 organizations! To date, $148,981 of the Impact 100 Martin grant funds ($224,000) has been awarded to nine nonprofits.

Impact COVID-19 Grants

June

Council on Aging $12,500
In April, Impact 100 had funded $15,000 for a walk-in freezer needed to meet increased demand for the Meals on Wheels program due to the pandemic. A second Impact 100 grant was given this month for a new commercial grade replacement dishwasher for the same and other senior programs provided by the organization.

Hope Rural School $10,000
Impact 100 funding will assist in the purchase of Chromebooks for one-on-one and virtual classroom teaching. This would allow for continued learning for K-5 children in Indiantown, including distant and/or blended learning, while adhering to social distancing mandates.  We are one of five funders who are fulfilling their total request of $67,251 for 140 Chromebooks with 3-year service contracts, insurance and hard shell protective cases.
 
Salvation Army of Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties$11,000
Our funding will help pay operating expenses for Compassion House in Martin County which provides shelter and meals for homeless women and their children while they work to find stable employment and housing.  Impact 100 and two other funders are fulfilling their total request of $32,275.

May

House of Hope $12,484
Impact 100 funds will assist with operating expenses for their production farm and nutrition center which play important roles in HOH’s ability to provide food, especially with the increased demand during the pandemic. We are one of five funders who together are fulfilling their total request of $52,869.

April

ARC of Martin County — $21,323
Impact 100 funding paid for laptops to allow ARC to supervise their 11 residential locations remotely and cover additional services for 16 new clients they gained due to other agencies closing.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County — $27,600
Funding was requested for technology, materials and supplies for a virtual academic enrichment program due to schools and clubs closing.
Educational kits will be distributed to children in conjunction with meal distribution. We are one of three funders who together are fulfilling their entire virtual learning request of $65,600. Impact funds will cover 1,500 art kits, 1,500 social-emotional learning kits and nine Surface Pro tablets.

Council on Aging of Martin County – $15,000
Our funding will pay for an additional walk-in freezer for the Meals on Wheels program. This is needed to expand the capacity to meet the increased demand resulting from the pandemic.

Light of the World Charities — $12,632
We funded their total request for 60 days of operating expenses. They are providing emergency dental services only. Staff continues to work remotely answering calls, assessing families’ needs, electronically submitting prescriptions and conducting daily operations, such as grant/loan applications and virtual in-service training.

Tykes & Teens — $17,442
Impact 100 funds are being used to maintain the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) program, an established counseling program for pre-teens and adolescents who are struggling with alcohol, drugs or other dangerous behaviors. Like many nonprofits’ programs, YES had a deficit due to a COVID-19-related reduction in revenue.

Volunteers in Medicine — $9,000
Our funding will pay co-payments for clients who are unable to get needed medications donated by drug manufacturers. This is a service VIM currently provides and they are seeing an increase in demand for this support since the pandemic has caused clients to lose their jobs.