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Locations for Operational Support

CORE Grants

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Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA)

Deadline Date:

12/03/21 5:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Arizona nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for operational support. Funding is intended to improve fundraising strategies, increase salaries and benefits, and strengthen infrastructure in order to assist grantees in serving their communities more effectively. Applicants must be headquartered or providing services in Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal (South of the Gila River), Santa Cruz, or Yuma counties.

CORE grants provide flexibility for organizations to use dollars as they see fit to address emerging issues, boost salaries and benefits, invest in technology and infrastructure, build communication and fundraising strategies, all leading to a healthier, innovative, and robust organization. Lastly and most importantly CORE grants are rooted in mutual trust with the philosophy that organizations understand their unique needs and can demonstrate and achieve impact.

Characteristics of the high-impact nonprofit organizations that will receive funding are ones that meet the CORE values of:

  • Community: Are continually evolving and growing, meeting the needs of the communities they serve.
  • Organizational Sustainability: Have a business model that provides on-going financial support for their organization. They have boards and staff that are skilled, diverse, and knowledgeable and have shown longevity and a desire to move the organization forward to achieve the best results.
  • Results: Demonstrate results and outcomes which help them improve over time as well as develop appropriate services to the community.
  • Effective Programs: Clearly articulate why their programs and mission are important; high impact nonprofits strategically align their programmatic work with the larger good of the communities that they serve.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185072

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests between $10,000 and $30,000 are accepted.

Term of Contract:

The CORE Grant period is for one year in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In Round 1, program staff will make sure that your organization meets the following criteria in order to advance to the next round:
1. Applicant must be a 501(c)3 in good standing and have been operating for at least 3 years.
2. The applicant must be current in all reporting to CFSA
3. Organization must have a current annual budget between $100k - $2M
4. Organizations must have strong financial oversight and governance
5. Your current executive director/CEO/president or equivalent must have been with the organization for at least 1 year as of the application deadline.
6. Grants are generally not made to individuals, for-profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, agency endowments, debt reduction, individual schools, religious organizations for sectarian purposes, or pure sports teams.
a. Capital improvements required to implement programs and services are allowable.
b. Schools with 501c3 status may apply and individual colleges within universities may use their foundation as a fiscal agent.
7. Applicant must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support and local program management and accountability.
8. Applicants must be headquartered or providing services in Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal (South of the Gila River), Santa Cruz and Yuma counties.
9. Have a clear commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access and encourage board and staff to reflect the communities they serve.

For more information, please see

Pre-Application Information:

- October 22, 2021: CORE Webinar
- November 1, 2021: Application Open
- December 3, 2021 | 5 p.m. MST: Application Closes
- December 6-12, 2021: Application Eligibility Review
- December 21, 2021: 1st Round Finalists Notified (via email)
- February 14, 2022: 2nd Round Finalists Notified (via email)
- March 1 – 4, 2022: CORE Grant Presentations (Virtual or In Person TBD)
- April 7th, 2022: CORE Grantees Notified (via email)
- May 3, 2022: CORE Grants Awards Ceremony

1. Round 1 – December 2021
a. After the application deadline CFSA staff will review all submitted applications for eligibility to ensure all applicants meet the criteria and that applications are complete.
b. Applicants may be asked for clarifications and edits to their applications during this round.
c. At the end of this round applicants who do not meet criteria or failed to meet criteria will be declined – all other applicants will be advanced to the next round.

2. Round 2 – January/February 2022
a. In this round the applications are released to our CORE Grants Review Committee for scoring.
b. Scores are averaged from multiple reviewers and based on CORE values.
c. At the end of this round the committee will meet to discuss the results of this scoring and decide on finalists for Round 3. Applicants will be notified of their status by February 14, 2022.

3. Round 3 – March 2022
a. Finalists in this round will participate in 15-minute presentations for the review committee, donor collaborators, and CFSA staff.
b. These presentations are also scored by our CORE Grants Review Committee.
c. These presentations do not include PowerPoints, or any external materials.
d. Presentations allow the committee to get to know the organization, their mission, their work and their teams.
e. At the end of this round the committee will meet once again to discuss the results of their scoring and make final recommendations for CORE Grantees for 2022.
f. Donor Collaborators will separately make their recommendations for organizations they have chosen to fund.
g. All applicants will be notified by email of the final results on April 7, 2022.

Organizations may receive up to 3 consecutive CORE Grants. If your organization has received 3 consecutive CORE grants, you must wait for a period of at least 1 year before applying again and must meet all eligibility requirements upon applying.

To view a recording of the CORE Webinar, please see the URL for Full Text.

Common Grant Application Tutorial:


Contact Information:

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

Register Online (First-time users of Common Grant Application):

Apply Online (Returning users):

For more information:
Jeaiza Quiñones Ivory, Program Manager or 520-447-8927

Kelly Huber, Senior Director of Community Investments, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona or 520-209-2858

David Gardner– – x7128
Enedina Miller – –x7111

Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
5049 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 201
Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: (520) 770-0800
Fax: (520) 770-1500

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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