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Week 11: COVID-19 Response Grants

In partnership with our generous donors and supporters, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has awarded more than $1.5 million in COVID-19 relief funding over the last two months.

We are pleased to announce our eleventh round of COVID-19 Response Grants.

In week eleven, $89,800 was awarded to seven organizations and initiatives to provide PPE for healthcare professionals, ensure a volunteer fire station remains open, provide food and other basic needs to homeless and immunocompromised individuals, and more.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the hurdles faced by Santa Cruz County, the smallest and most economically vulnerable Arizona county, and the result is likely to have long-lasting repercussions for years to come,” shared Dr. Perez with the Santa Cruz Center Educational Foundation. “The generous funds and support provided by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona will ensure the Santa Cruz Center Educational Foundation is ready to serve students and community members, ensuring continued educational progress for economic recovery, now and into the future.”

“Hunger has no gender; hunger has no color of the skin; hunger has no religion. It all around us. It is our neighbor, the child walking the street, the elderly person or the homeless,” said Felicia’s Farm Executive Director, Marvin Kirchler. “The CFSA grant will help us cover immediate demands to pay field workers to plant, maintain, and harvest, and will help us continue our daily operations including paying for water, feed, and supplies,” Kirchler continued.

“We are so grateful to the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona for supporting Banner Health’s COVID-19 response efforts,” said Banner Health Foundation’s President & CEO, Andy Kramer Petersen. “As Arizona’s largest health care provider, Banner is working diligently to respond to escalating health care needs related to the pandemic while also addressing other health care needs throughout our communities. This support will allow Banner to secure much-needed resources to support patients and our care providers, and to continue educating the community during this rapidly changing pandemic.