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2020 Competitive Grant

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
for Programs that Benefit Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) of Cochise - Douglas Area Community Fund (DACF) and Northern Cochise Fund (NCF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

05/04/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Arizona nonprofits, schools, government agencies, and tribal entities in eligible locations for programs that benefit local residents. Applicants must attend a virtual grant workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended for activities in a range of focus areas, including education, community development, historical preservation, literacy, health, arts and culture, environment, and sustainability. Eligible applicants are located in and serve 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 that 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 that 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.

The Foundation encourages proposals that:

  • Leverage matching funds
  • Engage strategic, mission-driven collaborations/partnerships
  • Build the capacity of the organization
  • Support direct services projects
  • Support capital or program projects
  • Support one-year or renewable funding proposals
  • Support direct costs associated with carrying out the program, such as staff salary or wages, project management, marketing, consultants, supplies, postage, travel, training or equipment, newly-acquired information technology, etc. will be allowed. 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#: 155551

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposals may be submitted for a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation encourages proposals that support one-year or renewable funding proposals.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise including the Douglas Area Community Fund and the Northern Cochise Fund are seeking applications in key areas of community need from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

Any Arizona 501(c)(3) organization, school, government agency, and tribal entity that operates with fiscal accountability and responsibility is eligible. Religious organizations may apply for funding of non-sectarian programs.

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 are required to have a completed and visible profile on ACF’s website. Incomplete organizational profiles will result in the immediate declination of your application.

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.

Organizations must be in good standing with the IRS at the time of review or else the submitted application(s) will be immediately declined.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If your organization is interested in applying for funding, register for one of the upcoming virtual grant application workshops. Attendance is required if your organization wishes to apply for a grant in 2020.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Thursday, April 16, 2020
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Additional information:

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4 to be considered.

Due to the high volume of calls and inquires as the deadline nears, organizations are encouraged to contact staff well in advance of the deadline with any questions. During the last week of any grant cycle’s duration, you will have limited access to ACF technical support.

Arizona Community Foundation:

Additional information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Colin Shannon, Regional Philanthropic Coordinator - Cochise

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: Cochise County

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