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CORE Grants

Grants to Southern Arizona Nonprofits For
Operating Support to Leverage Community Impact

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Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA)

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to Southern Arizona nonprofits that enhance the quality of life for residents in eligible communities. Funding is intended to provide operating support to established and effective nonprofits by covering basic needs such as program expenses, salaries, and administrative costs. The Foundation welcomes applicants from CFSA's entire service area, including Tucson, Yuma, Safford, Douglas, Nogales, Sierra Vista, Bisbee and other regional communities.

The purpose of the CORE grants is to provide unrestricted operating support for high-impact nonprofits. The Foundation believes that in order for the nonprofit community to improve the life of people and places in Southern Arizona, they need the core unrestricted working capital to leverage their impact.

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

Community: Are continually evolving and growing, meeting the needs of the clients they serve. They are well networked and utilize the strengths of relationships and collaboration.

Organizational Sustainability: Have business models that provide on-going financial sustainability for their organization as well as the ability to leverage different forms of capital. A robust and balanced fundraising plan is in place and volunteers and staff are balanced in their roles. 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 their clients. High-impact nonprofits should be able to demonstrate methods for collecting and evaluating effectiveness.

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 clients that they serve.

Partnering with Donors As part of CFSA’s strategic approach to grantmaking, CORE grants will also be presented to donors who may have an interest in supporting general operating support grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185072

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests from $10,000 to $30,000 will be accepted from qualified nonprofit organizations.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is for one year in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing and have been operating for at least three years.

Organizations must have a total operating budget of $200K to $2M and be able to show a balanced budget for the past three years.

The grant period is for one year in duration. An agency can not apply for funding until all reports required are received.

Applicant's CEO, ED or equivalent must have been with the organization at least two years and management must work in the communities they serve.

Southern Arizona Presence:
- Applicant organizations must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support and local program management and accountability.
- Applicant organization must be conducting charitable work in Southern Arizona directly people and communities located south of the Gila River.
- Organizations programs must serve at least 100 annually.

Grants are generally not made to individuals, for profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, construction, or renovation (minor capital improvements required to implement programs are allowable), agency endowments, debt reduction, individual schools, religious organizations for sectarian purposes, or pure sports teams.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend an information session about CORE.

Please RSVP your attendance to Enedina Miller and please indicate which information session you would like to attend.

CORE Seminar- Wednesday, January 16, Dunbar Conference Room, 325 W. 2nd Street Tucson, AZ 85705, 9-10am
CORE Seminar- Tuesday, January 22, Tubac Center of the Arts , 10-11am
CORE Seminar – Friday, February 8, CF Campus Friday, 9-10am
CORE Webinar- Friday, February 15, 9-10:30am *Login Information will be emailed

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates
- January 7, 2019 Applications Open
- March 1, 2019 Applications Due
- March-April 2019 Applications Review
- June 10 Award Notifications
- Summer 2019 Awards Celebration

To view application guidelines and requirements for 2019:

All applications must be submitted through an online process with Common Grant Application:

Applicants are encouraged to review the tutorial video which contains important information on how to register/login and submit an application:

Contact Information:

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

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For questions contact Kelly Huber, Director, Strategic Grants and Initiatives, Community Investments, at or by phone (520) 209-2858

Enedina Miller, Program Manager, Awards
520-770-0800 ext 7111

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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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: Southern Arizona including Tucson, Yuma, Safford, Douglas, Nogales, Sierra Vista, Bisbee and other regional communities located south of the Gila River.