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USA: Arizona: Primary geographic focus areas are Maricopa and Pinal Counties

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Season for Sharing Grant

Arizona Community Foundation (ACF), Arizona Republic, and Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #126185

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Arizona nonprofit and faith-based organizations for programs that address community needs. Focus areas include arts and education, children and families, and older adults. Priority will be given to applicants serving low-income or underserved populations. Primary geographic focus areas are Maricopa and Pinal counties, and all grants must be for programs in the state of Arizona. This year, the grant review committee will give extra consideration to applications aimed at affordable housing relief.

Grants will be made to organizations that match the criteria:

Children and Families

  • Support of programs that focus on preventing child abuse, protecting children from abuse, finding permanent appropriate placements, and providing support for children in the foster care system.
  • Programs that offer access to free or low-cost food including food banks and meal programs for children.
  • Programs that help people receive emergency short-term shelter and long-term affordable housing.
  • Programs that provide for short-term emergency needs including personal care or hygiene items, clothing, rental or utility assistance, or disaster relief.
  • Programs that help disadvantaged populations with job training and support for the under-employed and unemployed youth and adults.
  • Programs that help victims of domestic violence.

Arts and Education

  • Programs that support early childhood education and quality child care for disadvantaged populations.
  • Programs that enhance and/or improve K-12 core curriculum including tutoring and academic after-school programs.
  • Programs that provide for school readiness (back-to-school clothing, supplies, school food programs).
  • Programs that ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college or the workforce.
  • Programs that support adult and family literacy programs.

Older adults

  • Programs and services for the elderly including supportive services, assisted living services, Alzheimer’s support, access to free or low-cost in-home or congregate meal programs and nutrition assistance, and recreational services.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits may apply for Season for Sharing grants. Religious organizations may apply for funding of non-sectarian programs.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Priority is given to agencies that serve low-income and underserved families and children.
- Primary geographic focus areas are Maricopa and Pinal counties, and all grants must be for programs in the state of Arizona.
- Agency must be providing services in Arizona for a minimum of three years and have a minimum operating budget of $300,000 (can include in-kind support and must be reflected in profile budget or latest 990).
- Agency must not request more than 5% of the total annual operating budget (including in-kind donations), and no more than 10% of total contributed annual income (excluding in-kind donations).
- Agency must be receiving income for proposed projects from multiple sources; Season for Sharing dollars cannot be the only source of funding.
- Agency can apply for one category only.

Please note the following are ineligible for Season for Sharing funding:
- Agencies or programs that primarily support a specific disease, disability, illness, or addiction and with a mission of funding medical or scientific research.
- Agencies that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
- Religious organizations, churches, and programs that are purely denominational in purpose.
- Sports teams or sporting programs or programs that are primarily recreational in purpose.
- Schools, including charter schools.
- Project cannot be a summer camp. Season for Sharing is a collaborative funder for the Summer Youth Program Fund which solely funds summer camps.
- Exclusive support for salaries and capital projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.

Giving Committee will make final recommendations by the end of February 2023. Grant awards and decline letters will be emailed out in April 2023.

Due to the high volume of calls and inquiries as the deadline nears, organizations are encouraged to contact staff well in advance of the deadline with any questions. During the last week of any grant cycle’s duration, applicants will have limited access to ACF technical support.

Applicants must create a new account in the grant application system in order to access the guidelines.

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants will range from $7,500 to $50,000.
- First-year grants will be no more than $7,500.
- No new grants for less than $7,500 will be considered.
- Please limit requests to increase grant amounts to no more than 50 percent higher than the last grant received.

Contact Information:

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For assistance with technical questions regarding the online registration and application, please contact the Competitive Grants Management Team at or 602-381-1400.

Arizona Community Foundation
2201 E. Camelback Road, Suite 405B
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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