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Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF) Grant

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

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Funding Source:

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Arizona Community Foundation (ACF)

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 5:00 PM


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

The Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF) is an independent grantmaking program founded and managed by local funders who support, or are interested in supporting, agencies that provide summer programming for Maricopa County youth. The purpose of the SYPF is to supplement existing programs in order to enrich, enhance, and expand summer offerings for children and youth. Grants will be made to organizations that match the criteria of individual funders participating in the collaboration. 

For the purpose of this grant program, "youth" is defined as school aged, kindergarten through grade 12. "Summer", which is the time when programs must be conducted, is defined as the period of time when school is not in session between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The SYPF recognizes that summer programs, particularly those serving economically disadvantaged youth, require financial assistance to provide creative and recreational outlets while fostering personal development and life-long learning.

During out of school time, young people tend to engage in the highest levels of health-harming behaviors. Targeted programs provide a continuum of care during the summer months and offer opportunities for youth to develop and sustain enriching and healthy lifestyle activities that will divert them from negative behaviors.

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 implementation of proper nutrition practices and opportunities to be physically active. 

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 number of youth served
  • Provide age-appropriate, enriching activities and education components
  • Identify areas to improve program quality and increase positive impact to participants
  • Establish realistic outcomes for the program participants
  • Create innovative methods to reach youth and instill healthy lifestyle behaviors
  • Collaborate among fellow grant seekers

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131946

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000. The maximum grant is $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, the applicant organization must belong to one of the following categories: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, faith-based organizations. 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 2021 Grant Making:
- Grant cycle opens Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.
- DEADLINE: Applications are due Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, by 5 p.m.
- Grant review panel will make final recommendations by March 8, 2021.
- Grant awards and decline letters out by Friday, March 26, 2021.
- Site visits will be conducted in June and July 2021.
- If funded, Final Report Due by Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

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.

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

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For general questions regarding the SYPF, please email

For technical assistance with the website, including organizational profile and the online application, please contact a member of the ACF Grants Management Team at 602.381.1400 or

For any grant related questions or information, you may also contact the Foundation at the above email address or phone number.

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

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