Collage of grantees from African American Legacy Foundation, Alliance Fund, and South32 Hermosa.

CFSA 2021 Grant Rounds Now Accepting Applications

CFSA is excited to announce the opening of our 2021 African American Legacy Fund Grant Round, LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund Grant Round, and South32 Hermosa Community Fund Grant Round!


 

The African American Legacy Fund (AALF), a fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, envisions a thriving community where people and resources converge to support the prosperity of all of its children, youth and families, today and in the future.

Founded in 2013 by esteemed educator, philanthropist, and civic leader Dr. Anna Jolivet, Ph.D., the African American Legacy Fund (AALF) works to address the educational and economic disparities faced by African Americans who call Tucson home.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of African Americans living in metropolitan Tucson by promoting philanthropy and strengthening the community through collaboration. Our core values are: Integrity, Empowerment, Community, Diversity and Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity.

AALF is working to improve the quality of life in metropolitan Tucson by:

  • Strengthening relationship and fostering collaboration among community members, donors, and organizations serving the African American Community
  • Enhancing the capacity of organizations that are working to improve the African American Community
  • Encouraging greater giving from and to the African American Community
  • Funding innovative, collaborative programs that improve the quality of life for Southern Arizonans of African heritage.

Grantmaking Priority

Education: Holistic Approaches to Supporting and Improving Educational Outcomes

Our grantmaking focuses on nonprofit organizations serving the African American Community here in southern Arizona. We invite organizations with holistic and innovative approaches to supporting and improving educational outcomes within the African American community.

AALF understands the definition of education is very broad. Examples include, but are not limited to, projects that focus on

  • Early childhood education,
  • Retention strategies to keep students in school,
  • Enrichment and other non-traditional opportunities,
  • Leadership and personal development,
  • acquisition of specific skills,
  • Preparation for higher education.

Proposals must fall within established guidelines, funding priorities and are limited to a maximum of $10,000 per application.

Please visit the African American Legacy Fund for full guidelines and requirements.

Important Dates:

  • Application Open: January 4, 2021
  • Application Deadline: February 12, 2021

Questions?

Contact Laci Lester or 520-770-0800 ext 7128


 

The mission of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ+) Alliance Fund is to foster charitable giving in support of innovative programs and initiatives that benefit the LGBTQ+ community in Southern Arizona. Our donors, board and staff envision a diverse and caring community where philanthropy meets the needs of all its members.

In 1999, members of the LGBTQ+ community in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) applied for and received a grant from the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership to establish the Alliance Fund. The National Partnership was interested in addressing the chronic pattern of under-funding for programs that benefit the LGBTQ+ community by expanding funding opportunities and resources for organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community in Southern Arizona, including Sierra Vista, Yuma, Tucson, and rural Southern Arizona. Their belief in us was not misplaced: over the last 20 years, thanks to the generosity of our donors, a total of $943,397 has been distributed to support 211 projects.

CFSA is the umbrella 501c3 for the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund. Established in 1980, CFSA provides expertise and skilled guidance to help donors give back in ways that are aligned with their charitable and financial goals. Donors establish charitable funds that join hundreds of other funds under one organizational roof and every year, a portion of each fund is used to make grants, scholarships, and awards in accordance with each donor’s interests. The Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever.

Application Guidelines

The LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund will consider applications for programs that fall into at least one or more of the following areas of interest and relationships to the LGBTQ+ Community:

  • LGBTQ+ Community Building and Collaboration
  • Transgender Issues
  • Youth and Elder Issues
  • General Operating Support.

Special consideration will be given to programs that: incorporate collaboration between two or more organizations; clearly articulate measurable outcomes; can provide a clear description of plans to sustain the project beyond the grant year.

Please visit the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund for full guidelines and requirements.

Important Dates:

  • Application Open: January 4, 2021
  • Application Deadline: February 12, 2021
  • Site Visits/Interviews: March 22 – April 9, 2021
  • Notification Emails Sent: Week of June 8, 2021
  • Grant Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
  • Awards Ceremony: Fall 2021

Questions?

Contact Laci Lester or 520-770-0800 ext 7128


The South32 Hermosa Community Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and its geographic affiliate, the Santa Cruz Community Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations based in Santa Cruz County.  Supported areas include arts, culture and history, environment, health and welfare, recreation, and civic enhancement.

South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company.  The South32 Hermosa project is located in the northern section of the Patagonia Mountains in Santa Cruz County.  The project is approximately six miles south of the town of Patagonia, 50 miles southeast of Tucson, 15 miles northeast of Nogales, Arizona.  The company’s purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come.

Providing grants since May 2019, this fund has awarded $303,350 to 38 organizations.

Nonprofit organizations based in Santa Cruz County are invited to apply.

Please visit the South32 Hermosa Community Fund for full guidelines and requirements.

Important Dates:

  • Application Open: January 4, 2021
  • Application Deadline: January 29, 2021

Please visit the South32 Hermosa Community Fund for full guidelines and requirements.

Questions?

Contact Kelly Huber at khuber@cfsaz.org for questions.