The Foundation Announces Grant Round, Guidelines and Instructions

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is pleased to announce a new grant round created to help combat poverty in Southern Arizona, including programs that help children.

Image via Arizona Daily Star. Photo credit: Mike Christy.

Image via Arizona Daily Star. Photo credit: Mike Christy.

After studying statistics compiled by the US Census Bureau, which indicate that Tucson ranks as the sixth poorest major metropolitan area in the country, and listening to others who dispute those findings, the staff at the Arizona Daily Star decided to look at the issue for itself.  The result was a series of articles on poverty that ran in the paper August 4 through August 13, 2013.  

Titled Losing Ground, the articles focused on government support, teen pregnancy, low-wage jobs, housing, life on the local reservations, the growing prison population and day care.

This methodical look at poverty, particularly its effects on children, along with a survey of CFSA’s donors who identified poverty as their top community concern, made an impression on the Community Investment Team, the Board-appointed committee assigned to oversee the organization’s grant processes.

In an effort to learn about the breadth and depth of the response to this issue and provide support to organizations working hard on solutions, this new grant round, launched with the release of these guidelines, starts with a letter of inquiry.  A total of $200,000 is available; grant requests up to $25,000 will be considered.

CFSA Letter of Inquiry Guidelines 2013.

Questions? Contact Barbara Brown, VP of Programs and Community Initiatives, at