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 

After 4 months, over 70% of Impact 100 Martin’s 3rd year $224,000 grant funds has been expended and the expectation is that all funds will have been awarded by the end of September.  Plans are underway for our 4th year when we will be returning to our regular grants process of awarding $100,000 Impact Grants to programs that have significant lasting impact in Martin County.  We and the area nonprofits are counting on your continued commitment to make our 4th year a success.

Impact COVID-19 Grants

July

The Education Foundation of Martin County– $13,800
Impact 100 funding will pay for 920 learning kits for elementary-aged children in Indiantown. The kits were designed with teachers’ input and consist of grade-level specific school supplies: flashcards, books to read, coordinating book study and math worksheet packets, coloring and activity or puzzle books. The kits will enable the children to continue learning regardless of school opening situation or internet connection limitations. Kits will be distributed at Warfield Elementary when families pick up meals provided by the school district.

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.