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Season for Sharing Grant

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits for
Programs to Benefit Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) and Arizona Republic

Deadline Date:

10/23/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Arizona nonprofit organizations for programs to benefit local residents. Focus areas include 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, applicants will be asked whether their proposal is directly COVID 19 related or addressing a social justice issue. 

Children and Families - Grants in this category will:

  • Help prevent child abuse, find permanent placements, and provide support for children in the foster care system.
  • Help with emergency shelter, housing, counseling, and other services for domestic violence victims.
  • Help with emergency short-term shelter and long-term affordable housing.
  • Solve short-term emergency needs including personal care or hygiene items, clothing, rental or utility assistance, or disaster relief.
  • Help with job training, and support under-employed youth and adults.
  • Offer free or low-cost food, including food banks and kids' meal programs.

Education - Education grants will support programs that: 

  • Enhance K-12 curriculum, including tutors and academic after-school programs.
  • Provide back-to-school clothing, supplies, and food programs.
  • Ensure that students graduate high school prepared for college or work.
  • Support adult and family literacy programs.

Older adults: Grants in this category will support 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 126185

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants will range from $7,500 to $50,000.
- If asking for a larger grant than last year's, the increase must not be more than 50% higher.
- First-year grants will be no more than $7,500.
- No grant requests for less than $7,500 will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits may apply for 2020-21 Season for Sharing grants.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Priority is given to agencies that serve low-income and under-served 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, as a rule, have a minimum operating budget of $200,000 (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.

This year, Season for Sharing will not fund individual summer camp requests. Instead, Season for Sharing supports those programs as a collaborative funder for the Summer Youth Program Fund.

These types of programs will not be considered for a Season for Sharing grant:
- 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 that are primarily recreational in purpose.
- Schools, including charter schools.
- Camps or other summer programs.
- Traditionally, pilot programs are not funded.

Pre-Application Information:

- Starting Monday, Sept. 21, groups can begin applying for 2020-21 grants.
- The deadline to apply for this year's grants is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.
- Grant recipients will be notified by April 1.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For assistance or questions about Season for Sharing, regarding the online application, contact ACF's Competitive Grants Management Team at or 602-381-1400.

For guidance on whether your agency is qualified, contact Republic community relations director Stacy Sullivan at 602-444-8749 or

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