Arizona Community Foundation: Arizona Grants

OVERVIEW: The Arizona Community Foundation manages charitable funds and engages in discretionary grantmaking in five priority areas: arts and culture, environment and sustainability, health innovations, community development and improvement, and quality education.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts and culture, community development, environmental sustainability, health innovations

IP TAKE: In recent years, health issues have taken top priority in Arizona Community Foundation grantmaking, with approximately 33 to 40 percent of grants going to this cause.

PROFILE: Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) has over 1,6000 separate charitable funds and has staff in six separate offices. It aims to “lead, serve, and collaborate to mobilize enduring philanthropy for a better Arizona.” The community foundation’s areas of interest are education, arts and culture, community development, environmental sustainability, and health innovations.

ACF provides funding year-around to community groups, educational institutions, and government agencies. It does this through donor-advised grantmaking, discretionary grantmaking, and competitive grant cycles. General operating support, program support, and capacity building support are all common. The foundation offers competitive grant opportunities each year through its six regional affiliates in Cochise, Flagstaff, Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, and Yuma. The foundation’s headquarters is in Phoenix. The funder typically provides workshops in each of these communities to help prospective applicants.

Grant amounts vary widely based upon the program and where the funds are coming from. ACF does not publish an online grants database on its website. Organizations throughout the state of Arizona receive this funder’s support. In a recent year, the foundation received and processed over 7,700 grant applications.

To apply for a grant, nonprofits must sign up for an account on the ACF Online Grant Portal. This is where grantseekers can find a link to the online grants center and apply for grants. Direct general questions to the staff at 602-381-1400 or


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