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Grants to Arizona Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and
Tribal Entities for Programs and Projects to Benefit Communities

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Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) - Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County (ACFYC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

02/26/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Arizona nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and tribal entities for projects and programs to benefit communities in eligible regions. Applicants must attend one application workshop prior to submitting a grant application. Funding areas of interest include supporting the local community, social services, music and art, law enforcement canine units, healthcare, pediatric eye care, the environment, children's projects, and animal welfare. Eligible organizations serve the residents of Yavapai County.

For more details about funding areas of interest, see:

ACFYC encourages proposals that:

  • Leverage matching funds
  • Engage strategic, mission-driven collaborations/partnerships
  • Build capacity of the organization
  • Support the underserved and unrepresented populations
  • Support direct service projects and programs
  • Support capital expenditures related to equipment necessary to carry out a program, project, or service
  • Support general operating budgets
  • Support one-year and/or renewable funding proposals; however, funding in this cycle does not imply nor guarantee funding for second/future year.
  • Support direct and indirect administrative costs associated with carrying out the program, such as staff salary/wages, project management, marketing, consultants, supplies, postage, travel, training, equipment, newly acquired information technology, etc. Direct costs can also include directly attributable administrative support, legal or accounting functions, with distinct and measured effort on the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151998

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposals may be submitted for a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $20,000. Total available funding will depend in part on funding amounts from the Foundation's Field of Interest funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Any Arizona 501(c)(3) organization, government agency, school, and tribal entity that operates with fiscal accountability and responsibility. Religious organizations may apply for funding of non-sectarian programs.
- Organizations must serve the residents within the Yavapai County geographic boundaries. Sedona agencies must use funding to benefit residents of Yavapai County outside of Sedona (defined as outside the Sedona city limits).
- Organizations must be in good standing with the IRS at the time of application submission or submitted application(s) will be declined.
- Organizations, government agencies, schools, and tribal entities that wish to apply for a grant through ACF of Yavapai County must attend a grant application workshop. If not, that organization's application will not be accepted.
- Organizations must demonstrate a non-discrimination policy regarding staff, employment governing board, and service delivery based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or national origin, and provide evidence of the policy.
- Organizations without 501(c)(3) status must use a fiscal agent to apply on their behalf. Fiscal agents must have a visible profile on the ACF website, and also be a 501(c)(3) organization. The fiscal agent will be allowed to submit one application.

- If your organization is a standalone organization, you may submit one application.
- If your organization is a chapter of a broader, national organization, you may submit one application per chapter.
- If your organization is a chapter or affiliate of a local nonprofit organization, the local nonprofit organization may submit one application. The chapters or affiliates need to be included within that one application.
- If your organization is a school district or a school within a district, you may submit one application per school.
- If your organization is a government, tribal entity, or a university, you may submit one application per department.
- If your organization is a fiscal sponsor for another organization, you may submit one application.

Please note that grant awards may not support "brick and mortar" capital expenditures or a capital campaign effort.

Applications that support event sponsorships or fundraising events cannot be considered.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In preparation for the 2021 competitive grant cycle, ACF of Yavapai County in partnership with ACF of Sedona will host virtual grant application workshops. Topics will include an overview of the new ACF online grant portal, eligibility requirements, and elements of an effective application.

Attendance is mandatory for organizations wishing to apply for funding in 2021. Organizations are encouraged to attend whichever session works best with their schedule; the same information will be provided at each.

Workshop #1
Friday, January 22
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Arizona time)

Workshop #2
Tuesday, January 26
4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (Arizona time)

Workshop #3
Thursday, January 28
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Arizona time)

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021. NO exceptions.

- Guidelines available: 9:00 AM, January 6, 2021
- Grant application workshops: January 22, 2021 from 9:00-11:00 PM; January 26, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 PM; January 28, 2021 from 11:00 AM-1:00PM
- Grant Cycle Open Date: 9:00 AM, February 1, 2021
- Close Date: 4:00 PM, February 26, 2021
- Grant Panels review applications by Friday, May 14, 2021
- ACFYC Board of Advisors will make final decisions June 2021
- The Joy of Giving Philanthropic Awards luncheon to be held on Friday, August 13, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

- Competitive grant applications are submitted online through the online grants portal during "grant cycles." To be eligible, applying organizations must first create a user account and link the account to their nonprofit organization.
- Submission of an incomplete profile will result in a declined application.
- If applicants do not have internet access, they are advised to contact local public libraries, which offer free public internet access.
- If you have submitted an application through the grant portal, but did not receive a confirmation email from the Foundation, please check your spam/junk mail first. If no email is found, please contact your affiliate officer or the ACF grants team.

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Contact Information:

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

Online grant portal:

Questions regarding your organization's eligibility:

Your contact for ACF of Yavapai County's competitive grants process:
Lisa Sahady
Regional Philanthropic Coordinator

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

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