GSK IMPACT Awards: North Carolina


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Grant amount: US $40,000

Next deadline: Apr 6, 2020 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Feb 21, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in North Carolina: Chatham County, Durham County, Orange County, Wake County

Location of residency: Counties in North Carolina: Chatham County, Durham County, Orange County, Wake County

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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'. 

See the separate Pennsylvania/Greater Philadelphia GSK IMPACT Awards grant page HERE

This annual awards program honors up to ten local nonprofit organizations with $40,000 each in recognition of their exceptional achievements, overall excellence, and best practices in contributing to a healthier Research Triangle Region. This is the 11th year of the program in the Triangle Region, and GSK is proud to continue its partnership with Triangle Community Foundation in the administration of the awards.

The GSK IMPACT Awards honor effective nonprofit organizations that are working hand-in-hand with the community to make neighborhoods healthier. The IMPACT Awards program is one of several charitable programs GSK offers in the US as part of a commitment to building healthier communities and a healthy America.


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 individuals are living 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 in each region for their efforts to improve lives and contribute to a healthier community. Every winning organization is recognized with a GSK IMPACT Award and $40,000 each. GSK partners with Triangle Community Foundation (TCF) in the administration of the 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Employment & Income– Programs that support: Job skills, professional training, resume assistance, career counseling, interviewing skills, etc. that help to reduce unemployment and increase earnings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

IMPACT Criteria

IMPACT is an acronym that represents the guiding principles and criteria for this awards 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 the organization can demonstrate 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:
      • Chatham, Durham, Orange, and/or Wake Counties in North Carolina.
    • Organization must address at least one of the following categories that affect health:
      • Nutrition & Physical Activity,
      • Education,
      • Housing & Built Environment,
      • Employment & Income,
      • 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 201 calendar year.
  • Organization must not have won a GSK IMPACT Award in 2017 or 2018 (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