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CFSA's COVID-19 Response Funds Grants

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and its community partners have established two funds to support nonprofits in our southern Arizona service area during this difficult time. Our pledge as a foundation is that 100% of these funds will go directly to support nonprofits in our community. Grant applications are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Many thanks to the generous donors, fund holders, local foundations and corporations, and community partners who have contributed to these funds!

Application Process 

Based upon the charitable structure of our COVID-19 Response Funds, grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations. If you are an individual or business who is seeking support, please see CFSA’s COVID-19 Community Resource Guide.

A short application must be submitted through our online grant portal Common Grant Application.  If you do not have a Common Grant log-in, please click here to register.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be kept on file as funding is identified and available until the COVID-19 crisis subsides.

CFSA staff will contact organizations when funding becomes available. Organizations are encouraged to contact CFSA staff at any time should they have questions about their application. 

Please Note:
  • Grants will be distributed on a rolling basis, but applications will remain active throughout the process.  Therefore, organizations will only be notified should they receive an award. If you do not hear anything from CFSA your application is still being considered.  Thank you!
  • If you are a nonprofit located in a UniSource Energy Services territory outside of Pima and Santa Cruz Counties, please click here to visit the Arizona Community Foundation to apply to their COVID-19 Relief Funds.

About the Funds

CFSA’s COVID-19 Community Support Fund
The COVID-19 Community Support Fund provides flexible resources to southern Arizona nonprofit organizations that are serving individuals and families impacted by this outbreak. The COVID-19 crisis will be felt throughout our community for months to come and this fund offers long-term assistance to those most affected.

The COVID-19 Community Support Fund is designed to complement other available resources and to expand our local capacity to address the needs of vulnerable populations disproportionately stressed by the outbreak.

Funds will be distributed to nonprofit organizations serving Arizona’s most vulnerable with a focus on providing basic human needs and access to healthcare to affected populations, including low-income individuals, residents without access to healthcare, older adults, health care workers, first responders, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabled residents and communities of color. Funds may be available for other populations and needs as they emerge.

CFSA’s COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund

**To ensure that our current applicants receive full consideration, we are suspending applications to our COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund at this time.**

The COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund provides a one-time grant award to organizations that, due to COVID-19, have had to cancel critical fundraising events and programming, resulting in a significant hardship on the organization. This general operating support grant can replace lost revenue and non-recoverable expenses.

Grant Guidelines & Basic Eligibility

The CFSA’s COVID-19 Community Support Fund will provide grants to organizations in the range of $3,000-$20,000. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and, if accepted, processed within two-weeks of award notification.

Click here to apply for a COVID-19 Community Support Grant.

Applicants must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) in good standing, based in and doing charitable work in Pima County or Santa Cruz County.
  • 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.
  • Offer programs that directly benefit people living in Pima County or Santa Cruz County.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona honors the rich diversity of our community and promotes equal opportunities for all people. Awards made by the Foundation’s 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, gender identity, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, marital status, familial status, gender identity, economic circumstances, and/or veteran status.

Priority will be given to organizations that provide basic human needs and access to healthcare to disproportionately affected populations, including low-income individuals, residents without access to healthcare, older adults, health care workers, first responders, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabled residents, communities of color, and other populations and needs as they emerge.

Questions & Contact

Please contact CFSA staff should you have any questions.