Comunidad Grants

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is proud to expand its efforts to provide unrestricted operating grants to local nonprofits with the launch of the Comunidad (Community) Grants Program. This grants program was created to provide unrestricted funding to Southern Arizona nonprofits with annual operating budgets under $100,000.

Applications will be accepted between November 6 and December 1, 2023.

Comunidad Grants will support organizations working at the local level with their communities to address emerging or systemic issues. The program is dedicated to supporting grassroots nonprofits who are often most in need of unrestricted funding. Rooted in mutual trust, this program gives nonprofits autonomy over how resources are best utilized to achieve their mission.

Applicant Criteria

  • The organization must have an annual operating budget under $100,000.
  • The organization must be located in or conducting charitable work in Southern Arizona (defined as Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Yuma counties – south of the Gila River ONLY).
  • The maximum grant award is $10,000.
  • The organization must be a 501c3 in good standing or apply using a fiscal sponsor.
    • The fiscal sponsor must be 501c3 in good standing, located in Southern Arizona, and provide a letter confirming fiscal sponsorship.
    • University programs may apply using the university foundation as a fiscal sponsor.
  • The organization must have an established board of directors.
  • The organization must have a clear commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.
  • The organization must be current in all grant reporting to CFSA.
  • Grants are generally not made to individuals, for-profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, agency endowments, debt reduction, individual schools, religious organizations for sectarian purposes, or pure sports teams.


Applicants will be scored according to a rubric representative of the following characteristics:

  • Awareness of community needs.
  • Response to community needs.
  • Financial impact of the grant on organizational mission.
  • Operational sustainability.

Required Application Documents

  • Organizational Annual Operating Budget (for the current fiscal year – templates will be available in application).
  • Fiscal Sponsor Letter (if applicable).


CFSA values community. As a permanent community resource, we understand that transformative impact takes time and trust. We promote inclusion and dignity for all. All applicants meeting the criteria are welcome and will be considered for funding. However, funding priority will be given to the following:

  • Organizations located in or conducting charitable work in rural areas.
  • Organizations whose charitable work directly impacts historically marginalized communities.

Important Dates:

  • November 6, 2023 – Application opens via Common Grant Application
  • November 6, 2023 – Grant Information Session
  • December 1, 2023 – Application due (5:00 PM Arizona Time)
  • December – February – Application Review
  • February 2024 – Award Notifications
  • May 15, 2024 – Grantee Celebration

Questions? Contact our Community Impact Team at or by phone at 520-770-0800.

To Apply

The application will open in Common Grant Application on November 6, 2023, and close on December 1, 2023.

All applications must be submitted online through the Common Grant Application. We strongly encourage you to review the tutorial video, which contains important information on how to register/login and submit an application. To view the video, click here.

  • First-time users of the Common Grant Application, click here to register for an account.
  • If you have already applied for a grant using the Common Grant Application, you should have an account.  Returning users, click here.
En Español

Desde 2017, CFSA ha otorgado $4.7 millones a 115 organizaciones sin fines de lucro a través de su programa CORE Grants para brindarles el capital de trabajo necesario para maximizar su impacto y mejorar la calidad de vida en el sur de Arizona. En 2023, CFSA ampliará su concepto de subvenciones CORE por primera vez con el lanzamiento de Community Grants, un programa dedicado a proporcionar subvenciones en dólares sin restricciones a organizaciones sin fines de lucro con presupuestos operativos anuales inferiores a $100 000.

Community Grants proporcionará a las organizaciones que trabajan a nivel local con sus comunidades para abordar problemas emergentes. El programa está dedicado a apoyar a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro de base que a menudo son las que más necesitan financiamiento sin restricciones. Arraigado en la confianza mutua, este programa tiene como objetivo brindar a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro autonomía sobre cómo utilizar mejor los recursos para lograr su misión.

Las solicitudes para Comunidad Grants 2024 se abren el 6 de Noviembre de 2023. Únase a nosotros para una sesión informativa sobre todo lo relacionado con Comunidad el Lunes 6 de Noviembre – seleccione aquí para más información.

Fechas importantes:

  • 6 de Noviembre de 2023: la solicitud se abre a través de la Solicitud de subvención común
  • 6 de Noviembre de 2023: sesión informativa sobre subvenciones
  • 1 de Diciembre de 2023: fecha límite para la solicitud (5:00 p. m., hora de Arizona)
  • Diciembre – Febrero – Revisión de la solicitud
  • Febrero de 2024 – Notificaciones de premios
  • 15 de Mayo de 2024 – Celebración de los beneficiarios


Todas las solicitudes deben presentarse a través de un proceso en línea con Common Grant Application. Le recomendamos encarecidamente que revise el vídeo tutorial que contiene información importante sobre cómo registrarse/iniciar sesión y enviar una solicitud. Para ver el vídeo: haga clic aquí.

Usuarios nuevos de la Common Grant Application, hagan clic aquí para registrarse y obtener una cuenta.

Si ya solicitó una subvención mediante la Common Grant Application, debería tener una cuenta. Usuarios recurrentes: haga clic aquí.

*Si necesita ayuda para completer en español,o si tiene preguntas sobre el proceso, póngase en contacto con Jeaiza Quiñones Ivory, Directora de inversiones comunitarias, llamando al 520-447-8927 o mandándole un correo electronico a

Previous Comunidad Grant Recipients

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