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CORE Grants

Community Foundation For Southern Arizona

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #185072

Grant Description

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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 only), 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.

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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:
- Applicant must be a 501(c)3 in good standing and have been operating for at least 2 years
- The applicant must be current in all reporting to CFSA
- Organization must have an annual operating budget between $100K and $2M
- Organizations may apply utilizing a fiscal agent but must be able to provide required documents relevant to applicant organization.
- Must be able to demonstrate and clearly articulate CORE values.
- Have a clear commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access and encourage board and staff to reflect the communities they serve.

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, pure sports teams.
Please note schools with 501c3 status and individual colleges within universities using their foundation as the agent may apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information session on all things CORE will take place on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.

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Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- October 12, 2022 | 4:30 PM MST: CORE Grant 2023 Information Session
- November 7, 2022 | 12:00 AM MST : Application Opens
- December 2, 2022 | 5:00 PM MST: Application Due
- December 2022 – March 2023: Application Review & Applicant Interviews
- April 7, 2023 | 5:00 PM MST: Award Notifications
- May 4, 2023 | 9:30 AM MST: CORE Grantee Award Celebration

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

CORE grant requests must range between $10,000 and $30,000.

Term of Contract:

The CORE Grant period is for one year in duration.

Contact Information:

Apply online (first-time users):

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

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