Application Process

We have an online application process for Letters of Inquiry and Full Proposals for each grant cycle.

By mid-September each year, important dates for the upcoming grant cycle are posted to the Important Dates page of this section.

 

Step 1: Letter of Inquiry

Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) via SlideRoom, our online grant management system. SlideRoom will be open to accept LOIs in mid-October and submissions are due by mid-November. Applicants may submit only one application per year. Impact Fairfield County will acknowledge each LOI received. Following the review of the LOIs, Impact FFC will select certain applicants to submit a Full Proposal.

Please use the Letter of Inquiry Online Application link in Apply Now in this section.

Step 2: Full Proposal

Applicant organizations will be notified by early January whether or not they have been selected to complete a Full Proposal. Full Proposals are by invitation only and will be due by early February. Full Proposals will be completed online through SlideRoom. Impact Fairfield County will acknowledge each Full Proposal received. Following a review of the Full Proposals, certain applicants will be selected for site visits.

Step 3: Site Visit

All applicants will be notified even if they are not selected for a site visit. Impact Fairfield County Committee Chairs will contact applicants to schedule site visits, which will take place from mid-March to mid-April. The objective of the site visit is to complete the due diligence review and investigate and resolve any final questions. Site visits will generally last approximately 90 minutes and should include the Executive Director, Project or Program Manager, CFO or Financials representative, and a Board Member. Our site visit hosts will complete a brief Executive Summary for our members.  We will provide a template for that submission. Following the site visit, Impact FFC will select its grant finalists.

Step 4: Final Decision Process

Finalists will be announced by late April. They will receive instructions for making presentations to the membership at the Impact Fairfield County Annual Meeting to be held in early May. An Impact FFC Grants Chair will schedule a phone call with each Finalist to review the instructions. Impact FFC members will vote by individual ballot at the Annual Meeting (or by absentee ballot in advance of the Annual Meeting) to select the $100,000 Impact FFC Grantees and general operating grantees. The voting results will be tabulated and announced at the event.

Prior to the release of the funds to the $100,000 Impact FFC Grantees, the recipients must complete a Grant Agreement.

Impact Fairfield County may distribute project or program grants in installments, depending on the nature of the project or program. Impact FFC Grantees must submit periodic reports on the project or program to Impact FFC as specified in the Grant Agreement.