Grant amount: US $40,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 30, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 4, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in North Carolina: Chatham County, Durham County, Orange County, Wake County, Counties in Pennsylvania: Bucks County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in North Carolina: Chatham County, Durham County, Orange County, Wake County, Counties in Pennsylvania: Bucks County Expand all

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Note: Applicants must first register online by the 'pre-proposal deadline'. This will allow the GSK US Community  Partnerships team to verify your organization’s eligibility to apply for a GSK IMPACT Award. If your registration is approved, you will be given access to apply using the GSK US Community Partnerships Charitable Grant Request System. Full applications are due by the 'full proposal deadline'. 

At GSK, we know that place matters when it comes to health – there are communities across the United States where people lack access to healthy foods, safe places to play and exercise, quality jobs or education and social support. In order to make sustainable changes, we need to support individuals as well as the local organizations that serve them to make communities healthier places to live, work and thrive.


Much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office – in our communities. Factors such as access to healthy foods and recreational spaces undeniably contribute to our health. Where we are born, raised, live, and work matters to our health; yet too many kids are growing up in communities that are hazardous to their health.


The more we understand the connection between our health and our community, the more we can improve it. At GSK, we are guided by our mission of helping people do more, feel better, and live longer. To achieve this mission, we must go beyond discovering, developing, and delivering new medicines, vaccines, and healthcare products. We must address health challenges where they often start – in our communities.


The GSK IMPACT Awards  is an annual recognition program through which we honor up to ten outstanding nonprofit organizations that are improving lives and contributing to a healthier community. Every winning organization is recognized with a GSK IMPACT Award and $40,000 each. GSK partners with the Triangle Community Foundation in North Carolina and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in the administration of these awards. 

Focus on community health factors

There are a variety of factors that contribute to a healthier community that have been identified in the County Health Rankings & Roadmap model developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Through the GSK IMPACT Awards, we seek to recognize and honor exemplary nonprofit organizations with program(s) that are making measureable impact on these community health factors:

  • Nutrition & Physical Activity - Programs that support: Healthy eating, exercise, sports, outdoor activity, etc. to help members of the community achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
  • Education:  Programs that support: Literacy, life skills, early learning and learning engagement, out-of-school-time, teacher support/development, curriculum quality improvement, coaching/mentorship etc. to help members of the community graduate high-school or go onto post-secondary education
  • Housing & Built Environment - Programs that support: Shelter, safe housing conditions, home assistance, home ownership, transit systems, parks and green spaces, etc. that help to build healthy, connected neighborhoods.
  • Employment & Income - Programs that support: Job skills, professional training, resume assistance, career counseling, interviewing skills, etc. that help to reduce unemployment and increase earnings.
  • Community Safety - Programs that support: Healthy neighborhoods, safe streets, crime reduction, civil rights advocacy, community centers, etc. that help to build safe neighborhoods that are free from violence.
  • Family & Social Support - Programs that support: Life coaching/mentorship, elderly care and engagement, child care assistance, parenting support, counseling, etc. that help to reduce isolation and increase community engagement and support.

IMPACT Criteria

IMPACT is an acronym that represents the guiding principles and criteria for this grant program. We seek nonprofit partners that are highly innovative, measured, partnered, accountable, community-centered and transformative.

Competitive collectives will be:

  • Innovative – Vision, initiative, creativity, and leadership in solving pressing community health challenges.
  • Measured – Quantitative and qualitative data have informed the design, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of the program(s) and demonstrates measurable outcomes.
  • Partnered – Meaningful collaboration within and across sectors.
  • Accountable – Good governance, including sound financials, strategic and diverse leadership, strong management and stable operations.
  • Community-centered – Inclusive, responsive, and adaptive to the changing needs and circumstances of the community.
  • Transformative – A component of the larger community health plan that is influencing systemic reform and the interventions are being replicated and/or taken to scale. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The following is the basic eligibility organizations must meet in order to apply for a GSK IMPACT Award:
    • Organization must have a 501(c)3 IRS letter of determination verifying status as an independent nonprofit organization.
    • Organization’s annual gross revenue must be at least $160,000 for the previous and current fiscal year (GSK funding cannot exceed 25 percent of annual total operating expenses) and cannot exceed $5 million for the previous and current fiscal year.
      • Note: Gross revenue should not reflect in-kind donations.
    • Organization must not be a GSK customer or affiliate of customer organizations/institutions, including academic medical centers, foundations of customer organizations, clinics, home health or visiting nurse agencies, medical treatment centers, hospices, hospitals, payers, wholesalers and retailers.
      • Note: If your organization is engaged in the delivery of healthcare, or facilitating access to healthcare, then your organization is likely not eligible.
    • Organization must not designate more than 25 percent of annual total operating expenses for patient advocacy.
    • Organization must operate in:
      • Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and/or Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania, OR 
      • Chatham, Durham, Orange, and/or Wake Counties in North Carolina.
    • Organization must address at least one of the following categories that affect health:
      • Diet & Exercise,
      • Education,
      • Housing & Transit,
      • Employment,
      • Community Safety, or
      • Family & Social Support.
    • Organization must meet IMPACT criteria: Innovative, Measured, Partnered, Accountable, Community-centered, and Transformative.


  • Organization must not be a GSK charitable grantee for the 2018 calendar year.
  • Organization must not have won a GSK IMPACT Award in 2017 or 2017 (other prior GSK IMPACT Award winners may reapply ONLY if there has been substantial positive change and/or significant development in their programs and the organization can meet the above criteria).
  • Organization cannot receive a GSK IMPACT Award and another charitable grant from GSK in the same calendaryear.
  •  GSK is a global healthcare company with business areas that include pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare. GSK’s US Community Partnerships charitable grants are not made and cannot be used to influence or promote the use of GSK products or services.
    • For that reason, we refrain from providing awards to organizations that give an appearance of a commercial business interest.
    • Therefore, while we believe that organizations addressing all relevant health factors, including clinical care and access to care, are important, GSK charitable grants and awards must be limited to those only in the above categories

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