Grants & Scholarships

Santa Cruz Community Foundation 

An affiliate of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), 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, 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 CFSA’s growing community endowment – which includes assets earmarked for Santa Cruz County – and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever. CFSA distributed over $15 million during FY17.

2018 Grant Round 

The Santa Cruz Community Foundation is proud to announce that they have awarded $40,000 in grants to 16 organizations serving Santa Cruz County. The following organizations were awarded funding:

2019 Grants – Now Open!

The Santa Cruz Community Foundation will open its 2019 grant round for nonprofit organizations in Santa Cruz County in October 2019. 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, 2019 – November 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.

Click here for details and to apply.


Contact Mark Montoya, Vice President of Operations at (520) 209-2868 or or Kelly Huber, Director, Community Investments 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.