Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Grants

OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is Tucson-based community funder that awards regional grants in the fields of animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services.

FUNDING AREAS: Animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services

IP TAKE: Much of CFSA’s money flows through its individual funds. These are specific to certain regions in the state, as well as LGBT, African American, and women’s issues.

PROFILE: Established in 1980 and originally named the Greater Tucson Area Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) is a community funder based in Tucson. As with many community funders, there are many different program and initiative areas, award programs, and funding topics here. The funder aims to “create a stronger community by connecting donors to causes they care about now and forever.” Funding areas include animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services.

The foundation has several award programs established by donors who have a particular area of interest. These include the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award, the Igor Gorin Memorial Award, the Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award, the Excellent Educator Recognition Award and the Hiremath Student Integrity Prize. The foundation also awards Culture of Learning grants to local nonprofits that are making an effort to continuously improve, evaluate, and stay current in the nonprofit world. Meanwhile, the funder’s CORE grants provide unrestricted funding to nonprofits for operating support. Some of the topical initiatives and funds that local groups should know about are the LGBT&S Alliance, the African American Initiative, the Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare, and Social Venture Partners. Other entities that may be able to apply directly to through CFSA are the Howard V. Moore Foundation, the Nonprofit Loan Fund of Tucson and Southern Arizona, the three community foundations noted above, and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona.

Foundation grants vary by program but often range from $3,000 to $10,000. The funder lists past grantees on the pages of its various grant programs. Grantmaking is focused on Tucson and elsewhere in the Southern Arizona region. The community funder’s geographic affiliates are the Howard V. Moore Foundation, Oro Valley Community Foundation, Santa Cruz Community Foundation, and Stone Canyon Community Foundation. Each competitive grant round has its own set of guidelines and qualifications. CFSA also awards scholarships through several donor funds.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant requests for certain programs at certain times of the year. Learn about current funding opportunities on CFSA’s grants schedule page. Direct grantmaking questions can be directed to individual staff members by email or by phone at (520) 770-0800.

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