Opus Community Foundation: Arizona Grants

OVERVIEW: The Opus Community Foundation provides grants to Arizona nonprofits in the areas of affordable housing, community revitalization, education, youth development, community health, human services, and the arts.

FUNDING AREAS: Affordable housing, community revitalization, education, youth development, community health, human services, arts

IP TAKE: Arizona nonprofits should ensure that they are within the service area of Opus Bank before contacting this funder.

PROFILE: Established in 2010, the Opus Community Foundation (OCF) is the grantmaking arm of Opus Bank. This foundation supports nonprofits in the areas in which it does business, including Arizona. OCF aims “to improve the quality of life for those that are less advantaged in our neighborhoods by providing financial support to nonprofit organizations that make a positive and meaningful impact in our communities.” Grantmaking areas of interest are affordable housing, community revitalization, education, youth development, community health, human services, and the arts.

Opus’ affordable housing and community revitalization grants go toward the creation of safe neighborhoods in the local community and economic self-sufficiency for the residents that live here. Education and youth grants often go toward after-school activities, literacy, and mentoring programs. Health grants usually assist children, the elderly, and underserved populations in the community by supporting community health clinics, free meal providers, food banks, and safety net services. A sizable portion of Opus art grants to towards arts education programs for children.

The average OCF grant is $5,000, but the funder accepts grant requests for up to $10,000. Review the foundation’s success stories page on its website to learn more about past grantees. OCF supports regions of Washington, Arizona, Oregon, and California. The foundation’s Arizona giving is largely focused on the city of Phoenix. OCF commonly conducts site visits before a funding decision is made and gives preference to proposals that serve low- to moderate-income communities.

OCF accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits, and in the past, it has accepted proposals in February-March and again in July-September. Submit applications via the bank’s online application portal. Grantseekers should direct general questions to the OCF staff at GrantApps@opuscf.org.

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