Week 5 Update: COVID-19 Response Funds

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is pleased to announce our fifth round of COVID-19 Response Grants.

In partnership with our generous donors and supporters, CFSA has awarded $698,700 from our COVID-19 Response Funds over the last five weeks to support nonprofit organizations serving Pima and Santa Cruz Counties.

CFSA’s COVID-19 Response Grants provide general operating support to Pima County and Santa Cruz County nonprofits serving Arizona’s most vulnerable residents with a focus on providing basic human needs and access to healthcare.

In week five, $110,000 was awarded to eight organizations working to provide safe, affordable housing for low-income families, support for homeless youth, meal delivery to homebound seniors, and much more.

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund
Southern Arizona Land Trust, provides safe and affordable housing options for low-income individuals and families in Tucson. “Affordable housing provides critical stability for low-income households who might otherwise be spending over half of their income on housing. Housing insecurity can have serious negative health effects on both adults and children,” shared Gregg Sasse, Interim Executive Director of SALT. “This grant from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona will enable us to continue to invest the time and effort necessary to maintain our homes in excellent condition for the health and safety of our wonderful tenants.” 

Youth On Their Own’s CEO, Elizabeth Slater, shared that, “COVID-19 has significantly affected youth experiencing homelessness.” Youth On Their Own provides homeless teens with support to stay healthy, safe, and in school. “The grant from CFSA’s COVID-19 Response Fund is making it possible for us to provide Summer Stipends to over 1,000 high school students in Pima County. This emergency funding is ensuring that these youth are safe, fed, and healthy this summer so they are able to return to school in the fall. We are incredibly grateful for your support of YOTO students!”

As we continue to respond to the immediate needs of our local nonprofits through our COVID-19 Response Grants, CFSA is also looking ahead and developing a long-term strategy for rebuilding the sector with additional listening opportunities and focused investments that are most impactful for our diverse Southern Arizona community.