Santa Cruz Community Foundation

Who we are

An affiliate of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, The Santa Cruz Community Foundation (SCCF) is a permanent charitable resource that was founded in 2001 by area residents to empower their community to invest in itself. SCCF assists Santa Cruz County to prepare for the future by strengthening the community through the awarding of scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations.

As SCCF’s umbrella organization, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) provides expertise and skilled guidance to help donors give back in ways that are aligned with their charitable and financial goals. The Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment – which includes assets earmarked for Santa Cruz County – and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever. Last fiscal year, the Foundation distributed over $7 million.

2017 Grant Round

The Santa Cruz Community Foundation is proud to announce that they have awarded $40,000 in grants to 12 organization serving Santa Cruz County. The following organization were awarded funding:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County, Inc.
  • Construyendo Circulos de Paz/Circles of Peace
  • Green Valley Assistance Services
  • Literacy Connects
  • Lowe House Project
  • Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
  • Our Family Services
  • Santa Cruz Council on Aging, Inc.
  • Santa Cruz Training Programs, Inc.
  • SCCFRA Foundation, Inc.
  • Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc.
  • Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum

2018 Grants

The Santa Cruz Community Foundation will open its 2018 grant round for nonprofit organizations in Santa Cruz County in August 2018. Requests up to $5,000 will be considered. Proposals must fall within established guidelines; only one application will be accepted per organization.  The grant period is for one year: December 1, 2018 – December 30, 2019. The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing, conducting charitable work in Santa Cruz County. 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.