African American Initiative Announces $50,000 grant round in Tucson

Tucson, ARIZ. – The African American Initiative (AAI), a program of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), today announced its plans to award up to $50,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations providing services in the area of education that addresses a need or gap identified in Pima County. Organizations have until March 10, 2015 to submit an application. Instructions and guidelines are available at

“The Board members of the African American Initiative are excited to be directing dollars to organizations doing collaborative work in the community,” said Joseph Blair, Chair of the AAI.  “We are looking forward to reading the proposals and gaining deeper insight into the work being done by dedicated staff and volunteers associated with local nonprofits.”

A group of African American community leaders, led by Dr. Anna Jolivet, met with CFSA in 2012 to develop more current and future charitable resources for the African American community. Launched in November 2013, the past year has been spent surveying the community, fundraising and writing grant guidelines.

“The guidelines were developed through a very thoughtful process, “said Barbara Brown, VP/Program Services and Community Initiatives with the Community Foundation. “Applicants must attend one of two mandatory meetings, scheduled for February 4 and February 10. Details are online on our website.”

CFSA and its affiliates granted more than $1 million to regional nonprofits last year in competitive grants.  To learn more, please visit To learn more about the AAI grant round, please contact