Collage of COVID grantees carrying out essential services during the pandemic

Week 25: COVID-19 Response Grants

In partnership with our generous donors and supporters, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is pleased to announce that an additional $57,000 was granted to six organizations in Week 25 of our COVID-19 Community Response Grants.

These funds will be used to provide essential services such as technology support for youth and children in foster care, technology support for healthcare professionals, rent support for families, operating support for healthcare facilities, and basic food and housing for vulnerable members of our community.

COVID-19 Community Support Fund Grant Recipients:

Community Investment Corporation 
HOPE, Inc.
MHC Healthcare
National Center for Youth Law (Foster Ed)
Pinal Hispanic Council 
We Care Tucson

Here are a few grantee highlights:

Community Investment Corporation (CIC) is serving as Pima County’s fiscal agent to distribute 3.65 million dollars in Eviction Prevention funding from the CARES Act. The funds will support assistance payments to landlords on behalf of tenants that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and have been unable to pay their rent.

Danny Knee, Executive Director of CIC, shared, “CIC and our community owes a debt of gratitude to the nonprofit service agencies who have been working tirelessly with both tenants and landlords to prevent evictions related economic hardships caused by COVID-19 in Pima County. We are so thankful for CFSA’s support of the nonprofit community through some of the most trying times imaginable. Over 900 families will remain in their homes this holiday season in part due to CFSA’s funding to support our amazing social service agencies.”

National Center for Youth Law’s FosterEd program provides essential technology needs and support to at-risk and low income youth who are attending school through distance learning.

Jennie Hedges, FostedEd Program Manger in Pima County, discussed that there are extra challenges facing foster care youth who don’t have access to required technology, are frequently moving, and have increased mental and emotional health struggles.

Hedges further shared, “Thanks to support from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, FosterEd Arizona staff continue to show up with compassion, a creative problem-solving spirit, and a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to ensuring youth receive the support they need and deserve. Despite the challenges of this pandemic, our team continues to advocate alongside young people, lift their voices, and ensure they shape their own educational plans so they can graduate on time and move on to higher education.”