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Thunderbirds Charities Grant

Grants to Maricopa County, Arizona Nonprofits for
Programs that Benefit Children, Families, and the Needy

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Thunderbirds Charities

Deadline Date:

03/01/18 5:00 PM MST


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Grants typically starting at $5,000 to Maricopa County, Arizona nonprofit organizations for programs that help people in need, assist children and families, and improve the quality of life for local residents. Proposals can support education, at-risk youth and families, improve the lives of the physically and mentally challenged, and work to eliminate domestic violence, homelessness, and poverty.

Grants are made for both programming and capital support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175534

Estimated Size of Grant:

Thunderbirds Charities grants typically range in size from $5,000 to $500,000, depending on revenues.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year grants are not made.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, a charity must hold a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and be based in Arizona. A nonprofit organization’s 501 (c) (3) status must have been in operation for a minimum of three years in Arizona.

Thunderbirds Charities only accepts requests from organizations serving Maricopa County, unless the project/program serves primarily Maricopa County residents.

Thunderbirds Charities does not support sectarian religious activities or sectarian religious facilities. However, churches and other religious organizations may submit proposals if their activities benefit the larger community and decisions to accept clients are not made on the basis of religious belief and/or affiliation.

Thunderbirds Charities will accept only one proposal per year from individual branches or clubs of larger entities, such as Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, or Boys and Girls Club. For these purposes, the “parent organization” generally refers to that entity to which the IRS has issued a Section 501(c)(3) determination letter.

Not funded:

- Individuals
- Political, labor, or fraternal organizations
- Advocacy or lobbying activities for issue-related topics
- General operating needs and ongoing support
- Colleges and universities
- Individual schools and their support organizations (including Booster Clubs, PTOs/PTAs, athletic teams, bands, performing arts groups, alumni associations, reunions, or school foundations)
- Foundations and organizations which are themselves grant-making entities distributing funds to other nonprofit agencies
- Endowments, fellowships, and scholarships (for college purposes)
- Debt reduction campaigns
- Medical or scientific research

Pre-Application Information:

How to apply:


Funding Cycle Deadlines:

Organizations may submit a proposal only once a year. Once the funding deadline has occurred, it takes approximately 3 ½ months for notification to occur.

Fall Cycle
Application process opens: August 1, 2017
Application submission deadline: September 1, 2017
Funding decision notification: Late November 2017

Spring Cycle
Application process opens: February 1, 2018
Application submission deadline: March 1, 2018
Funding decision notification: Late April 2018

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Cheryl Ruggiero

Thunderbirds Charities
7226 N. 16th Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Phone: 602-870-0163

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: Maricopa County