March 1, 2019
2019 Impact 100 Grant Finalists Announced
VERO BEACH – Impact 100 of Indian River County is pleased to announce the finalists which have been selected to present their programs to their membership for vote at their Grant Awards and Annual Meeting on April 17:
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Indian River County – Destinations – a program for disadvantaged teens to help them identify and stick with a future career path that includes college, vocational and military pathways.
- HALO No Kill Rescue – Halo’s Enrichment Center: Training Center & Low Cost Veterinary Clinic – an Enrichment Center that will 1) provide low-cost veterinary services that will reduce the numbers of animals ending up in shelters and 2) provide space for behavioral trainers and volunteers to work year-round rehabilitating furry companions for adoptability.
- Space Coast Symphony – Indian River County Music Education Programs – funding to start four educational programs for IRC families and children designed to bring music education and inspiration to underexposed children in an engaging way.
Starting in October, all local nonprofits were invited to apply for $100,000 grants from Impact 100 of Indian River County. The intention of the grants is to allow the nonprofits to make substantive and transformational changes in our community, based on specific criteria. This year’s Grant Finalists were announced Thursday at a “Meet the Finalists Reception” at Vero Beach Country Club. The Finalists were chosen from a large field of applicants.
The Grant Panel Committee, composed of 52 Impact 100 Members and chaired by Brenda Cetrulo, conducted an intensive vetting process by which they selected these Grant Finalists. The applicants were asked to prepare detailed written plans for how the grant money would be used and what transformational result could be expected. They also met with the Grant Panel Committee, hosted site visits by the Committee, and had their financials reviewed by Impact’s volunteer Financial Advisors.
“This year the Grant review process was especially exciting and kept us all on our toes. Like other years, our panel members reviewed these grants with the utmost of integrity. They had hard decisions and struggled with the true and heart-wrenching need with the high standards we set for high impact/transformation in the community…” Brenda Cetrulo, Grants Committee Chair.
“Although the number of choices will be different this year, the outcome will be the same: with over 400 members, we have at least $400,000 to invest in transformational programs for our community – and we will exceed $4 Million cumulatively invested in Indian River County!
We are a membership organization, so your voice matters. We need your vote to ratify the slate of finalists – and how to distribute the total funds available. This year, your annual ballot will include investment choices – different options for awarding the available funds. The outcome of this vote will determine the amounts awarded to each organization – and will be announced after voting at the Grant Awards and Annual Meeting on April 17… you are the Impact of Impact! Together we will continue to make a difference in our community. Please join us in congratulating our Finalists and celebrating their success thus far” stated Denise Battaglini, Board President.
Ryan Weaver Insurance was the Event Sponsor for this year’s Meet the Finalists Reception. Impact 100 is grateful to all our sponsors for their financial contributions, which help maintain Impact 100’s commitment to award one hundred percent of membership dues in grants to the local community.
Impact 100 of Indian River County is comprised of women in Indian River County who collectively Impact the lives of individuals and the community through transformational giving.