Shaaron Kent End of Life 2017-2018 Grant Round

When Shaaron Kent designated in her will that a part of her estate be allocated to hospice programs, a group of volunteers with interest and expertise in end-of-life issues were assembled to help her carry out her wishes. Since 2012, CFSA has granted almost $512,000 from the Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund for education on end-of-life issues and programs providing direct care/services at the end-of-life.


As Baby Boomers enter their third stage of life in Southern Arizona, we have seen and supported the beginnings of a consumer movement that engages individuals and their families, the faith community, health care practitioners and others in advancing end of life care. We want to continue to expand the awareness, understanding, and availability of end of life care-particularly for underserved and vulnerable communities.

Application Information and Guidelines

The End-of-life Grants Committee is utilizing a two-step process during the 2017 grant round. As a first step, the committee is inviting the nonprofit community to submit a Letters of Inquiry Application for programs and projects that align with one or more of the following focus areas:

1. Programs or projects that provide or enhance direct end-of-life services to low-income and people of color, and their families.

2. Programs or projects that help educate and bring awareness to low-income individuals, people of color and their families, caregivers, medical personnel and the community about end-of-life direct care and planning services, including palliative care and hospice.

3. Requests for core operating support from organizations already providing effective end-of-life services in one or both of the above areas.

The committee will review all letters of inquiry and will notify those organizations whose programs we want to learn more about. This phase of the process is not a guarantee of funding.

The Letter of Inquiry application deadline is Friday, March 10, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. MST.  

The second part of the process includes submission of a final application and a site visit.

The committee will consider requests up to $80,000 over a two year period. 

Basic Eligibility Requirements

1. The applicant must be a 501(c) (3) in good standing, conducting charitable work in Southern Arizona.

2. The organization must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support, and local program management and accountability. In the case of nationally sponsored organizations, no portion of the grant can be used to support the national, State or regional entity.

3. The proposed program must directly benefit the people of Southern Arizona, defined as that portion of the State located south of the Gila River. We welcome applicants from the Foundation’s entire service area including Tucson, Yuma, Safford, Douglas, Sierra Vista, Bisbee and other Southern Arizona communities.

4. Grants are not made to individuals, for profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, agency endowments, individual schools or for sectarian purposes.

5. The grant period is for two years in duration. An agency can not apply for funding until all reports required for previous awards have been received.

6. One of our guiding principles is to honor the rich diversity of our community and to promote equal opportunities for all people. Awards made by the Foundation’s various grant panels support organizations that do not discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, marital status, familial status, gender identity, economic circumstances and/or veteran status.

How to apply

If you are a first-time user of Common Grant, please click here to register and complete the application. Additionally, we have developed a video tutorial on how to apply that will assist you in the process.

If you already have an account, please click here to access your account.


Contact Kelly Huber at or by phone (520) 209-2858