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Season for Sharing Grant

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits to Support Educational
Programs, Older Adults, Children, and Families

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) and Arizona Republic

Deadline Date:

10/18/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $7,500 to $50,000 to Arizona nonprofits for educational programs and programs that benefit older adults, children, and families. Funding is intended primarily for organizations serving Pinal and Maricopa Counties. Priority is given to organizations serving low-income and underserved children and families.

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.
  • Offer free or low-cost food, including food banks and kids' meal programs.
  • 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.


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:

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.

The following are ineligible for Season for Sharing funding:
- 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.

Also ineligible:
- 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.

General guidelines
There is no guarantee of funding. Grants are competitive and funding may vary each year based on the annual campaign’s fundraising success. Also:
- Agencies previously funded may ask for more money. However, do not request an increase larger than 50% higher than the most recent grant.
- Traditionally, pilot programs are not funded.
- Requests that most effectively address one or more defined criteria in each category that can show measurable results and outcomes are more likely to be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications are due 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2019; no exceptions.
- Grant awards and decline letters will be emailed out by March 16, 2020.
- Thank You Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online beginning Monday, Sept. 9:

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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