MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - Three grants of $100,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Morris, Somerset, Passaic and Sussex counties, announced Impact 100 Garden State.  The organization, Impact 100 Garden State will accept grant applications until April 16.

Impact 100 Garden State is a six-year-old local women’s philanthropic organization that provides funds to organizations that reach under served populations to highlight unmet needs in the areas of Arts and Culture, Children and Families Education, Environment and Health and Wellness. The organization inspires members to become more engaged with their communities.

Nonprofit applicants must apply in one of five areas—arts and culture; children and families; education; environment, preservation and recreation; and health and wellness. The online application is due by 5pm on Monday, April 16.

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This is the first year that the members of Impact 100 have offered three $100,000 grants. Last year, there were two of $141,000 each and in 2016 they were able to offer two $100,000 grants and a smaller grant of $44,000.

“We are so excited to reach this next level in our growth as a women’s philanthropy group. It means so much to local organizations when we can make a significant grant and help them achieve their dreams,” says Merle Johnson, President of Impact 100 Garden State. “Now we can fund three different projects. All of our communities benefit.”

“We encourage groups that may have applied before to consider reapplying,” says Christine DiCesare, Chair of Impact 100 Garden State’s Outreach to Nonprofits Committee. She points to the success rate for repeating applicants. “Seven of our nine recipients since 2014 had previously applied.”

Impact 100 Garden State follows a model for collective women’s philanthropy now used by more than 39 independent Impact 100 organizations around the world. In its five years of awarding grants, its members have cumulatively funded more than $1,000,000 in grants. It was the first Impact group in New Jersey. There are now four, totaling more than 700 women as members.  

For more information about Impact 100 Garden State and its grant process, go to


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