Grants of up to $5,000 to Arizona nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal entities, schools, and faith-based organizations in eligible locations to address a range of community needs. Applicants must attend a workshop prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to benefit residents of Cochise County.
The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise, DACF and NCF will be accepting proposals that benefit and support:
Bob Holcombe Fund for Educational and Vocational Success: Established in March of 1999 to support at-risk students pursuing education in Cochise County. Consideration will be given to any program or project which provides support for the educational and/or vocational success of Cochise County residents who may be at risk of not graduating from high school. Preference may be shown to programs or projects which provide in-person assistance to students in grades 7-12 and college level vocational education students in their first year, in their efforts to obtain a vocational education and a high school diploma, with an emphasis on support for students who may be at risk of not graduating from high school.
Borderlands Fund: Established in March of 2011 to improve quality of life in Cochise County by investing in projects that may also provide benefit in Mexico.
Cochise Arts and Culture Fund: Established in 2012 to support arts, culture and historic preservation in Cochise County.
Cochise Community Foundation General Endowment Fund: Established in December of 1998 to support programs and services for the residents located in the geographic area of Cochise County in Southeastern Arizona.
Cochise Environmental Fund: Established in December of 1999 to benefit organizations whose purpose it is to address environmental issues and environmental education in Cochise County. Grants from this fund will be used to support, nurture and initiate programs which further environmental causes and education.
Cochise Health and Wellness Fund: Established in July of 2011 to support health and wellness programs that address physical and mental health needs.
Cochise Lifelong Learning and Literacy Fund: Established in December of 1998 to benefit organizations whose purpose it is to promote lifelong learning and literacy including, but not limited to, support of programs encouraging adult/parent computer literacy; Spanish/English language programs; mentoring programs; skill development programs; early childhood development programs and other programs that support border issues in Cochise County.
Cochise Veterans Fund: Established in March of 2012 to provide a permanent source of funding dedicated to the needs of Cochise veterans and their families.
Douglas Area Community Fund: Established in April of 2007 to support programs and services for residents located in Douglas, Double Adobe and McNeal.
John Lawrence Kurdeka Fund for the Environment: Established in October of 2008 to support environmental education and outreach; preservation and restoration of habitat and wildlife in Cochise County.
Northern Cochise Fund: Established in September of 2009 to serve the Sulphur Springs and San Simon Valleys in Northern Cochise County; specifically the communities of: Bowie, Cochise, Dos Cabezas, Dragoon, Pearce, San Simon, Sunsites, and Willcox.
Science, Math and Technology Innovation Fund: Established in September of 1999 to benefit public school teachers throughout Cochise County whose purpose is to teach, to organize classroom projects or to continue their own education in Science, Mathematics and Technology by using or learning innovative methods in these curriculum.
Funds can be used to:
Build the capacity of the organization
Support direct service projects and programs
Support capital expenditures
Provide general operating support and indirect/direct administrative costs
Support one-year and/or renewable funding proposals
To be eligible to apply for grants, your organization (or fiscal sponsor) must belong to one of the following categories: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, schools, municipality or tribal entity. Religious organizations may apply for funding of non-sectarian programs.
- ACF requires all applicants for grants to comply with its non-discrimination policy. Please confirm that the organization applying for this grant does not unlawfully discriminate against employees, volunteers, board members, or the members, clients, or students it serves 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.
- Applicants must have tax-exempt status.
- Projects or programs must serve residents of Cochise County.
- Organizations are required to have a completed and visible profile on ACF’s grant portal. Incomplete organizational profiles will result in immediate declination of the submitted application.
- Organizations uncertain of their eligibility may inquire by sending an e-mail to staff.
- Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to review by the grant committee.
Applications from organizations with a non-exempt status at the time of submission will be declined.
In preparation for the 2023 grant application process, the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise and the Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley will host grant application workshops throughout April and May.
If your organization serves Cochise County, attendance at one of the grant workshops is mandatory.
The workshops will include an overview of the new and revised grant application, the ACF online grants portal, grant guidelines, and elements of an effective application.
The same information will be provided at each workshop; organizations can attend the one that works best with their schedule.
Tuesday, April 25
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Tuesday, May 2
10:30 a.m. to noon
Elsie S. Hogan Community Library,
100 N. Curtis Avenue
Tuesday, May 9
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative
311 E. Wilcox Dr., Sierra Vista
Tuesday, May 9
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Tuesday, May 23
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
City of Douglas Visitor Center
345 E. 16th St., Douglas
Timeline for 2023 Grant Making
- Grant cycle opens Monday, May 15, 2023 at 9:00am.
- DEADLINE: Applications are due Monday, June 5, 2023 at 4:00 PM; no exceptions.
- Grant applications will be reviewed June 12 - July 14, 2023
- Grant awards and decline letters tentatively sent by July 31, 2023
- Grant award checks presented in person at the Cochise Celebrates Giving event tentatively scheduled for October 19, 2023
- If funded, 2023 Final Report Due by October 22, 2024.