Health First, Education Second: The Arizona Community Foundation Stays the Course

Over the last few years, health issues have become the top priority for Arizona Community Foundation (ACF), with around 40 percent of discretionary grants going toward healthcare innovations, emerging health research, and community health issues. Well, so far this year, not a whole lot has changed.

The community funder made $13.3 million in new grants made between January 1 and March 31 this year. These were both discretionary and advised grants, so the actual foundation had more direct influence in some of these grants than others. ACF’s six statewide affiliates in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County and Yuma weighed in on these recent awards, too.

In the most recent grant cycle, the health innovations program area saw $6.2 million in new grants spread across 476 programs and organizations. By a long shot, this was the largest funding category. These were some of the top health grant recipients:

  • Gompers Habilitation Center
  • American Red Cross-Grand Canyon Chapter
  • Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development
  • Senior Citizens of Patagonia

The second largest funding priority, which has also remained consistent over the last few years, is quality education. The funder awarded just over $3 million in education grants and scholarships in the most recent grant cycle. But unlike some other foundations in the area, ACF has also been awarding grants to private schools, including the $184,610 in recent awards to 34 K-12 private school students.

Local arts and culture, environment, and community improvement and development organizations saw some grant money too, but not at the level of the health and education categories. Each of these three categories tends to receive between 4 percent and 7 percent of the overall funding budget. To stay in touch with local needs in all parts of Arizona, ACF has an affiliate program the employs staff in regional offices in Cochise, Flagstaff, Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, and Yuma. Each of these affiliates has its own assets (for example, Cochise has $4.9 million), deadlines, and established funds.

To view open grant opportunities and apply for any ACF grant, you’ll need to sign up for an account on the online grant portal. To learn more about the history of the foundation and where it’s headed in the future, check out IP’s profile of the Arizona Community Foundation.