COVID-19 Grant Recipients

In partnership with our generous donors and supporters, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has awarded over $1.6 million in COVID-19 relief funding over the last 14 weeks.

This includes $300,000 to help minority and women-owned small businesses and nonprofit organizations access PPP loans and $25,000 to provide pivot grants for local artists and arts organizations.

CFSA’s COVID-19 Response Grants directly support those most affected by the crisis with access to basic necessities like food for youth, families, and seniors, childcare for medical workers, legal services and rent assistance for low-income community members, diapers for infants and incontinence supplies for seniors, and protective equipment for first responders.


Many thanks to the generous donors, fundholders, local foundations and corporations, and community partners who contributed to these funds!

CFSA COVID-19 Community Response Funds Sponsors

All COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Recipients

  • Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Amphi Foundation
  • Arivaca Helping Hearts
  • Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Banner Health Foundation
  • Beacon Group, Inc.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona
  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz Co.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson
  • Boys to Men Tucson
  • Bright Star Community Development Corporation
  • Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona
  • Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers
  • Children’s Clinic
  • Circles of Peace
  • Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
  • Community Gardens of Tucson
  • Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (CHRPA)
  • Compass Affordable Housing
  • Desert Spring Children’s Center
  • Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona
  • DIRECT Center for Independence
  • El Rio Foundation
  • Emerge Center for Domestic Abuse
  • Family Health Care Amigos
  • Family Housing Resources, Inc.
  • Fountain Youth Ministries
  • Friends of Pima Animal Care Center
  • Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Joseph’s Pantry)
  • Green Valley Assistance Services Inc. dba Valley Assistance Services
  • Habitat for Humanity Tucson
  • Herencia Guadalupana Lab Schools
  • Imago Dei Middle School
  • IMPACT of Southern Arizona
  • Interfaith Community Services
  • Intermountain Centers for Human Development
  • International Indian Treaty Council/Consejo Internacional de Tratos Indios
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Iskashitaa Refugee Network
  • Izi Azi Foundation/Felicia’s Farm
  • JobPath, Inc.
  • Literacy Connects
  • Mercy Housing Southwest
  • Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona
  • More Than A Bed
  • Native American Advancement Foundation
  • Nogales Community Development Corporation
  • Old Pueblo Community Services
  • Our Family Services
  • Owl & Panther
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe Charitable Organization
  • Patagonia Volunteer Fire and Rescue
  • Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center
  • Pima County Community Land Trust
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc.
  • Primavera Foundation, Inc.
  • Rebuilding Together Santa Cruz County
  • Rialto Theatre Foundation
  • Sahuarita Food Bank
  • San Miguel High School
  • Santa Cruz Council on Aging
  • Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College District
  • Santa Cruz Training Programs, Inc.
  • Sister Jose Women’s Shelter
  • Sonoran Art Foundation dba Sonoran Glass School
  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
  • Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
  • Southern Arizona Land Trust
  • Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation
  • Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome
  • Southern Arizona Senior Pride (SAAF Fiscal Agent)
  • Southwest Folklife Alliance, Inc.
  • St. Andrew’s Preschool and Child Care Center
  • St. Francis Shelter
  • Step Up to Justice
  • Sunnyside Unified School District Foundation
  • Support Education and Employment for Vets
  • The Haven
  • The Protection Network Action Fund
  • The Salvation Army
  • Thrive in the ’05 Project
  • Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN)
  • Tucson Symphony Orchestra
  • UA Campus Pantry (UA Foundation)
  • United Way of Santa Cruz County
  • Youth On Their Own
  • YWCA Tucson

Week 1: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

  • Boys & Girls Club of Tucson is providing kits to youth who typically benefit from their in-person program, particularly in service of children who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches and are racial or ethnic minorities.
  • Catholic Community Services is providing access to emergency and basic need resources including rent, utility, and food assistance to low-income individuals and families in addition to childcare for essential employees that have lost care due, refugees who have lost jobs and may not be eligible for government programs and support to older adults who may live alone.
  • Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona will buy stock supplies for evaporative coolers and personal protective equipment (PPE). Pre-purchasing materials and coolers will limit exposure by minimizing the number of trips to stores.
  • Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center switched their afterschool youth program to offer cooked meals for impacted families.
  • Primavera Foundation is supporting individuals by providing basic survival needs such as food, water, hygiene, and shelter as well as safe, affordable housing
  • Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation is utilizing its grant funds to provide necessary supplies such as masks and gloves to the first responders who risk their health to keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome is assisting individuals with down syndrome and medical complications with rent, utilities, food, clothing, and medical equipment.

COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund

  • Arivaca Helping Hearts services include financial assistance for basic needs and individuals in crisis, and improving the health and sustainability of our entire community.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County is providing childcare for essential workers and Club Kit to Go! activity bags with supplies and activities for members and their families.
  • Step Up to Justice is providing free legal assistance, particularly for domestic violence survivors, guardianship and housing issues, employment, end of life planning, and consumer protection.

Week 2: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

  • Interfaith Community Services is providing shut-in seniors with a 14-day supply of emergency food boxes and distributing food to people in need at two food banks.
  • Intermountain Centers for Human Development is purchasing software to support online learning for 110 students who attend Intermountain Academy and providing Chromebooks for students who do not have access to computers at home.
  • JobPath, Inc. can immediately increase and prolong the financial assistance they provide to students for food, housing assistance, childcare, and other emergency expenses.
  • Our Family Services offers a 20-bed crisis shelter serving homeless youth ages 12 to 17, many of whom identify as LGBTQ+, live below the poverty level, are people of color, or are victims of abuse and trafficking.
  • United Way of Santa Cruz County is providing diapers to seniors living on a fixed income and families with infants in need.

COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona was forced to cancel several critical fundraising events due to the uncertain times; grant funds will help keep Littles connected to their Big Brothers or Sisters in new ways during the crisis.
  • Parent Aid Child Abuse Prevention Center, Inc. can continue helping families manage their stress, develop positive routines, and promote health and wellness for themselves and their community.
  • Salvation Army Tucson provides housing and shelter services in addition to necessities including food and clothing to individuals in need of support.

Week 3: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

  • Circles of Peace will provide prevention services for people at risk including those struggling with substance abuse and domestic violence victims.
  • Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona is supporting the increased community demand for diapers, incontinence products, and period supplies to low-income individuals and families.
  • El Rio Foundation is offering emergency childcare for school age and preschool children.
  • International Rescue Committee will be supporting those facing housing insecurity, lack of medical care, food insecurity, loss of wages, unemployment, and a lack of resources for distance learning and education for children.
  • Native American Advancement Foundation is the only nonprofit organization serving the GuVo District in the Tohono O’odham Nation; funds will support basic human need provisions including youth meals and supplies for families.
  • Santa Cruz Council on Aging will relaunch their pick-up lunch program.
  • Sister Jose Women’s Shelter is providing safe isolation for 21 homeless adult women and distributing food, water, clothing, and hygiene products at the door.

COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund

  • Boys to Men Tucson cancelled several fundraising events due to COVID19; grant funds will help support their mentoring program for teenage boys.
  • Children’s Clinic was forced to cancel critical fundraising that supports basic school needs for families.
  • Native American Advancement Foundation’s fundamental programming supporting the Tohono O’odham Nation was cancelled, resulting in a loss of funds to serve the community.

Week 4: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

  • Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture is distributing and delivering free food boxes to vulnerable populations in Ajo, AZ.
  • Sahuarita Food Bank expects requests for food to increase by at least 100%. Grant funds will be used to meet this demand with food purchases, hiring temporary staff, and more.
  • Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse is experiencing an increase in services needed and is providing clients with financial assistance for COVID-19 healthcare, medical, and childcare costs.
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona anticipates an increase in need for patient care funds dedicated to covering medical expenses due to unemployment and loss of insurance.

COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund

  • Southern Arizona Aids Foundation cancelled one of their three major fundraising events to help keep our community safe. Funds will support their healthcare programming and allow them to maintain their level of support for clients.
  • The Haven was also forced to cancel a fundraising event due to the pandemic; granted funds will help support their high-quality addiction recovery and prevention services.

Week 5: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund

Week 6: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

  • Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will use grant funds to purchase additional food and food delivery supplies.
  • Family Housing Resources will use grants funds to support its Emergency Rental Assistance program for households experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
  • Green Valley Assistance Services will be able to offer additional services to senior citizens and other affected populations in Pima and Santa Cruz Counties.
  • More than a Bed will be able to purchase clothing for foster children using grant funds.
  • Old Pueblo Community Services will be able to provide additional emergency housing for those in need.
  • Santa Cruz Training Programs will use funds to purchase goods to be used in three group homes supporting 12 residents experiencing mental and emotional difficulties
  • UA Campus Pantry will be able to purchase food for food-insecure students and faculty at the University of Arizona.

Week 7: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

  • DIRECT Center for Independence will use funds to increase services to some of the community’s most vulnerable residents.
  • Iskashitaa Refugee Network will utilize grant funds to supplement the decrease in their intern and volunteer time for harvesting and to support their full-time employee’s healthcare needs.
  • Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center is serving 525 family meals each night to the youth and their families in Patagonia, Arizona.
  • San Miguel High School is utilizing funds to provide an online chemistry program with waived application fees to freshman and sophomore high school students and provide additional financial assistance to families of students in need.
  • Southern Arizona Senior Pride will be able to increase digital outreach to more effectively support clients living in outlying areas.

Week 8: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

  • Bright Star Community Development Corporation will utilize funds to purchase commercial freezer and refrigeration units to increase their capacity to maintain and safely store food.
  • Friends of Pima Animal Care Center  will be able to offer shelter for companion animals for individuals experiencing housing instability and homelessness due to COVID-19.
  • Imago Dei Middle School will use funds to support the Sewing United Securring Income Project, currently utilizing their school property. This project is providing income to refugees for sewing masks to help keep our community safe.
  • International Indian Treaty Council will be able to respond to the food crisis caused by COVID-19 by planting family and community gardens to ensure access to healthy and traditional foods.
  • Southern Arizona Gender Alliance will use funds to sustain their Trans Care Packages program, helping to maintain pride in identity, while mitigating the impact of gender dysphoria and economic hardship.
  • The Protection Network Fund will support six different organizations responding to the disproportionally high impact of COVID-19 on undocumented and mixed-status families.

Week 9: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

Week 10: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

Week 11: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

 Week 12: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

 Week 13: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

  • Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) will implement additional emergency support, including 2,000 meals, grocery store gift cards, and no-contact systems of pickup and deliveries.
  • Thrive in the ’05 Project is working to support community transformation efforts for seniors and disabled adults who live at Tucson House in the Old Pascua community, one of the most impoverished areas of Pima County.
  • Literacy Connects will use funds to expand access to education for adult students during, and in the wake of, the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Week 14: COVID-19 Grant Recipients

  • YWCA Tucson will use funds to provide financial, emotional, and wellness support to lower-income women.
  • Step Up To Justice will use funds to offer free legal services to lower-income community members.
  • Compass Affordable Housing will continue to provide access to stable, affordable housing.