African American Legacy Fund 2019-2020 Grant Round

Education: Collaborative Approaches to Innovation
2019-2020 Grant Round

“Young people, don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education… then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.” – Michelle Obama

The African American Legacy Fund (AALF), a fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, envisions a thriving community where people and resources converge to support the prosperity of all its children, youth and families, today and in the future. Started in 2013 by renowned educator, philanthropist, and civic leader, Anna Jolivet, Ph.D., AALF addresses the educational and economic disparities faced by African Americans who call Tucson home.

The mission is to improve the quality of life of African Americans living in metropolitan Tucson by promoting philanthropy and strengthening the community through collaboration. Its core values are integrity, empowerment, community, diversity and inclusion, and equal opportunity.

Established in 1980, CFSA provides expertise and skilled guidance to help donors give back in ways that are aligned with their charitable and financial goals. Donors establish charitable funds that join hundreds of other funds under one organizational roof and every year, a portion of each fund is used to make grants, scholarships and awards in accordance with each donor’s interests. The Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever.

Nonprofit organizations serving the African American Community here in Pima County are invited to submit grant applications that focus on collaborative, innovative programs designed to improve educational outcomes. AALF understands the definition of education is very broad. Examples include, but are not limited to, projects that focus on:

  • early childhood education
  • retention strategies to keep children in school
  • enrichment and other non-traditional opportunities
  • leadership development
  • acquisition of specific skills
  • Preparation for higher education

Nonprofits interested in applying are encouraged to join us for the Grant Information Session on July 29, 2019, at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and Grant Writing Workshop on August 1, 2019, at the Tucson Urban League. Please click here to RSVP for one or both events. 

Important Dates:

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 | Grant Information Session
    Community Foundation for Southern Arizona | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 | Application opens on Common Grant Application
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 | Grant Writing Workshop
    Tucson Urban League | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, August 30, 2019 | Applications Due
  • October 21 – November 8, 2019 | Site Visits or Interviews
  • Week of December 9, 2019 | Notifications of Award
  • January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 | Grant Period
  • January 2020 | Award Event

Questions? Contact Laci Lester at or (520) 770-0800 ext. 7128.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  1. The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing, conducting charitable work in Southern Arizona.
  2. The applicant 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. Maximum grant requests are $10,000. Requests made for more than this amount will not be considered.
  4. Only one application can be submitted by the lead agency.
  5. The proposed program must directly benefit people living in Pima County.
  6. Grants are generally not made to individuals, for-profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, agency endowments, individual schools or for sectarian purposes.
  7. The grant period is one year in duration. An agency cannot apply for funding until all reports required for previous awards have been received.
  8. 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.