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.

Eligible organizations include small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations with existing programs that have demonstrated results; operating in Chatham, Durham, Orange and/or Wake Counties that address at least one of the following factors that affect health: 1) Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2) Education, 3) Housing & Built Environment, 4) Employment & Income, 5) Community Safety and/or 6) Family & Social Support.


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.

Full eligibility details will be posted soon.


This is a two-step process – applicants must first register online using the Foundation’s grant portal. 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 emailed the information to access and submit the application.

Information Sessions

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of the information conference calls to learn more about the IMPACT Awards program.

Thursday, March 14  at 10:00 am
Thursday, March 21 at 2:00 pm

To join either call, please dial 857.207.4197. When prompted, enter the passcode 42016020#.


The following provides a general overview of the process timeline for 2019. We will update this timeline once a new application process begins in Spring 2020.

Registration period: March 7 – April 4
Application deadline: May 9
Finalists selected: late June
Finalist site visits: July and August
Winners selected: early September
Awards ceremony: November 14

NOTE: This is an extensive application with specific eligibility requirements. Interested applicants should read the following information in its entirety and/or participate in one of our scheduled Information Sessions. Please contact [email protected]



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.


GSK and Administrative staff review applications and select no more than 20 finalists per region (spring). Administrative staff conduct site visits and a panel comprised of local and national community health experts and GSK representatives evaluate the applications and select up to ten winners per region (summer). The winners are then presented with their GSK IMPACT Award and $40,000 each at a ceremony at the GSK campus in Research Triangle Park (fall).

Application Guidance

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 measurable impact on these community health factors, listed below. Please read more about each category below and visit County Health Rankings & Roadmap for more information, including examples of evidence-based programs and interventions.

  • 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.

Note: 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.

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 applicants will demonstrate that they are:

  • 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.


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 at least one of the following counties: Chatham, Durham, Orange and/or Wake (NC).
  • Organization must address at least one of the following categories that affect health: 1- Nutrition & Physical Activity, 2- Education, 3- Housing & Built Environment, 4- Employment & Income, 5- Community Safety or 6- 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 2019 calendar year.
  • Organization must not have won a GSK IMPACT Award in 2017 or 2018 (other prior GSK IMPACT Award winners may re-apply 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 calendar year.
  • Organization cannot employ any healthcare professionals as listed at the end of this document.

Document Checklist

The following documents will be required for the specified portions of the application process.

For Registration

  • 501(c)(3) IRS Determination Letter
  • Signed W9

For Application

  • List of Board of Directors, including their affiliations and degrees/credentials for all healthcare professionals [see below for examples of healthcare professionals]
  • Organizational budget approved by the Board of Directors
  • Organizational chart or list of paid staff, including all of their titles, and degrees/credentials

Examples of Healthcare Professionals

Please review the list of healthcare professionals below. If any of your organization’s paid staff have the following credentials, your organization is not eligible to apply.

  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Certified Diabetic Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (able to prescribe)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed Nursing Assistant
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Student
  • Medical Technologist
  • Mental Health Assistant
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Oncology Clinical Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Post Anesthesia Care Nurse
  • Psychiatric Nurse Mental Health Clinical Specialist
  • Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist/Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • Any other person, providing health care or authorized to recommend, or prescribe, dispense, or purchase drugs (not including patients).
  • Employees, or contractors, or other agents of HCP’s on this list including non-HCP office staff such as billing clerks, office administrators, etc.

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Julia Da Silva

Programs & Scholarships Associate
Phone 919.474.8370 ext: 4028
Email [email protected]