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Grants to Arizona Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organizations to Provide Summer Activities for Children and Youth

Summer Youth Program Fund

GrantWatch ID# 131946
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Arizona Community Foundation (ACF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Arizona: Maricopa County

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/13/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Arizona nonprofit and faith-based organizations to provide summer activities for children and youth. Funding is intended for youth development programs in the areas of arts and culture, physical activity and recreation, nature and the environment, disability, and academic and educational programming. Funded activities must primarily serve youth in Maricopa County.

The purpose of the SYPF is to supplement existing programs in order to enrich, enhance, and expand summer offerings for children and youth.

Organizations with a focus on artistic and academic programs are encouraged to apply with innovative ways to decrease sedentary activities and increase knowledge of healthy lifestyles. Recognizing that youth-serving organizations shape the environment of our youth, the SYPF will encourage all applicants to play a role in addressing the trend of childhood obesity through the implementation of proper nutrition practices and opportunities to be physically active.

The SYPF encourages collaborative efforts among organizations with similar goals to increase service capacities and expand outreach to touch the lives of more youth of Maricopa County.

Specific Funding Priorities
  • Serve disadvantaged youth from neighborhoods with limited access to organized activities
  • Serve youth with disabilities or special health needs
  • Exhibit stable history of community support, outreach, and partnerships
  • Demonstrate ability to increase the number of youth served
  • Provide age-appropriate, enriching activities and education components
  • Identify areas to improve program quality and increase the positive impact on participants
  • Establish realistic outcomes for the program participants
  • Create innovative methods to reach youth and instill healthy lifestyle behaviors
  • Collaborate among fellow grant seekers


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
SYPF applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Applicant organizations must reside in Arizona and have documentation from the Internal Revenue Service of its charitable status (e.g. IRS Code Sections 501(c)3 and 170(b)(1)(A)). Organizations may not submit proposals under the 501(c)3 umbrella of another agency.
- Applications from schools and municipalities will not be accepted.
- The proposed summer program must primarily (at least 80 percent) serve youth who are Maricopa County residents, although the service and/or activities may be provided outside of Maricopa County.
- When two or more organizations are collaborating on a program, all organizations must meet eligibility criteria, while one organization would be the responsible applicant. The responsible applicant must submit the application and will be the designated contact organization for all communication purposes.
- The program for which the organization is requesting funds must have a minimum history of two years.
- Organizations are required to have a completed and visible profile on the ACF website: Incomplete organizational profiles will result in the declination of the application.
- Daily programs must be conducted for at least four hours per day, and residential programs must be conducted for more than one night.
- Faith-based organizations may apply, but the main purpose and content of the proposed summer program must not consist of overt and inherently religious activities.

The intent of the SYPF is to fund programs rather than capital costs such as equipment, vehicles, facility enhancements, building repair, and maintenance.

SYPF funds may not be used for youth employment programs.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline for 2023 Grant Making:
- Grant cycle opens Monday, Nov. 28, 2022
- Deadline: Applications are due Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, by 5 p.m.
- Grant review panel will make final recommendations by March 10, 2023
- Grant awards and decline letters out by Friday, March 24, 2023
- If funded, Final Report is Due by Friday, Sept. 22, 2023.

An organization may request up to 50% of the total project budget.

Some funders have restrictions on multiple annual requests. If you believe this may be applicable, please contact the funder directly.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000. The maximum grant is $25,000.

Term of Contract
Programs may be conducted when school is not in session, between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Contact Information
Apply online (from November 28):

Direct questions to 602.381.1400 or

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

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