Struggling in the Southwest? Here’s a Tucson Corporate Funder To Know

Although Sundt Construction has been around for over a century, the Sundt Foundation was just established in 1999 to aid disadvantaged children and adults in a tri-state region. But unlike some corporate funders, most of the foundation’s money comes directly from employee distributions. Grants are made to the southwest states of Arizona and Texas, as well as some west coast nonprofits in California. To date, the foundation has provided over $6.4 million in community grants.

Sundt Construction is one of the oldest and largest construction companies in the U.S., founded in 1890 by Mauritz Martinsen Sundt, a Norwegian immigrant. The company’s first projects were farm and home structures near the headquarters in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona. Sundt maintained a strong presence in the southwest before expanding to the Sacramento, California area in the 1990s. Foundation grantmaking has always followed where Sundt employees live and work.

Last fall, Sundt selected 11 nonprofits in the Tucson, Arizona area to receive $16,500 in grants. Each of these grants was between $1,000 and $2,000, and nonprofits that received the largest grants were Integrative Touch for Kids, Assistance League of Tucson, and the Shyann Kindness Project.

Fortunately for grantseekers in the southwest, the Sundt Foundation does accept unsolicited grant application via online form. These are a few key things to know about applying for a grant with the Sundt Foundation:

The Foundation Has Four Grant Cycles

These deadlines fall on December 15, March 15, June 15, and September 15.

Most Grants Are Made in the Vicinity of Regional Offices

Sundt’s regional offices are located in Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Antonio.

Employees Narrow Down Grantees

Committees of Sundt Construction employees make grantee recommendations to the board, which meets quarterly.

Grant Requests Must Be Between $1,000 and $10,000

Although most recent grants have been around $1,000 to $2,000, grants have been known to reach the $10,000 mark.

Keep in mind that Sundt only funds organizations that are working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children or adults in some way or another. Yes, this is a pretty broad mandate, so you have a bit of leeway in presenting your organization’s mission in the most relevant light.

Grantseekers should direct general questions to the foundation administrator at 855-714-4365 or