COVID-19 Grant Recipients

In just six weeks, CFSA has awarded $998,982 in COVID-19 Response Grants to support our vital nonprofit partners in Pima and Santa Cruz Counties.

This includes a $300,000 grant awarded to Tucson-based Business Development Finance Corporation (BDFC), a nonprofit SBA Certified Development Company, to help minority and women-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations access the Paycheck Protection Program.

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

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

Week 1: COVID-19 Grant Recipients ($120,000 in grants)

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 ($130,000 in grants)

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 ($138,700 in grants)

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 ($100,000 in grants)

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 ($110,000 in grants)

COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund

Week 6: COVID-19 Grant Recipients ($100,282 in grants)

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.