Impact100 Indian River County to fund 5 grants of $100,000 from 8 nonprofit agencies named finalists

VERO BEACH — Eight local nonprofit agencies are finalists for 2020 Impact100 grants, announced Thursday during a reception at the Vero Beach Country Club.

Finalists are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Indian River County; Camp Haven; Children’s Home Society’s Dodgertown Elementary Community Partnership School; Ocean Research and Conservation Association’s ORCA Center for Citizen Science; The Source’s Dining with Dignity Food Truck; The ARC and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra Collaborative Music Program; the Treasure Coast Food Bank Mobile Mercado; and the VNA Home Health Music Therapy Program.

For the first time, five $100,000 grants will be awarded, and the remainder, about $16,481, will be disbursed among the three runners-up.

“We are thrilled with the number, variety and quality of grant applications that we received this year,” said Suzanne Carter, grants chairwoman for Impact100.

She said the nonprofit organizations represent a range of size and mission that reflect the diversity of needs in Indian River County.

"Many of the organizations are either first-time applicants or are seeking to receive their first $100,000 high impact grant," carter said. "This is truly an exciting year for Impact100.”

Each member of Impact100 — a philanthropist organization composed entirely of women — contributes $1,000 that is pooled and given to winning agencies in $100,000 increments.

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