Grants & Scholarships

NOW OPEN: The Santa Cruz Community Foundation 2017 Grant Round

The Santa Cruz 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.

Requests up to $5,000 will be considered. Only one application will be accepted per organization. NOTE: this is not a grant for general support. Choose a specific program as the focus of this request. Application deadline is September 29, 2017.  All applications must be submitted through an online process with Common Grant Application.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  1. The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing, conducting charitable work in Santa Cruz County.
  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 people living in Santa Cruz County.
  4. Grants are generally 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 one year 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, gender identity, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, marital status, familial status, gender identity, economic circumstances and/or veteran status.

We strongly encourage you to review the tutorial video which contains important information on how to register/login and submit an application.  Click here to view the video.

If you are a first time user of Common Grant Application, click here to register.

If you have already applied for a grant using Common Grant Application you should have an account. Click here to log in.


Contact Kelly Huber, Program Officer at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona at (520) 209-2858 or

Scholarship Opportunities

Through the generosity of our donors, we offer a wide variety of scholarship opportunities to students seeking higher education. Information regarding our scholarships will be available in the Fall.