FORT WALTON BEACH — After reviewing funding requests from many nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida announced Oct. 5 the nine grant finalists for 2018.

The finalists were selected from five focus areas — arts and culture, education, environment, family and health and recreation.

The nonprofit decides which category they want to submit their application to be considered as a grant recipient.

There was only one application submitted within the environmental category. The Environmental Grant Committee followed the proper procedures of vetting, interviewing and visiting the nonprofit.

Even though this was the only candidate, the committee decided the nonprofit is deserving to be a finalist.

At the annual meeting, each member of IMPACT 100 will have five votes, one in each focus area. There will be two finalists listed in each of the four remaining focus areas.

Here are the nine finalists submitted for consideration:


Arts and Culture: Emerald Coast Theatre Co.
Arts and Culture: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Education: Arts & Design Society
Education: Youth Village
Family: Food for Thought
Family: One Hopeful Place
Health and Recreation: Okaloosa AIDS Support & Informational Services
Health and Recreation: Westonwood Ranch
Environment: Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park C.A.R.E. Center

At IMPACT 100’s Nov. 4 meeting, members will hear presentations from each of the finalists and will vote for this year's grant recipients. IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida will award five $102,800 grants this year.