CORE Grants

Since 2017, CFSA has granted over $4.7 million to 115 nonprofits in Southern Arizona through its CORE Grants program.

CORE Grants provide nonprofits with the flexible working capital necessary to maximize their impact and improve the quality of life in Southern Arizona. CORE Grants provide flexibility for organizations to use dollars as they see fit to address emerging issues, boost salaries and benefits, invest in technology and infrastructure, and build communication and fundraising strategies, all leading to a healthier, innovative, and robust organization. Lastly and most importantly, CORE grants are rooted in mutual trust with the philosophy that organizations understand their unique needs and can demonstrate and achieve impact.

The next applications will open in the fall of 2024!

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

Application Information

Applicant Criteria

CORE Grants are scored according to a rubric representative of the following CORE characteristics.

  • Community: Nonprofits play an integral role in their local community, have a keen awareness of its needs, and are continuously evolving and growing to meet those needs.
  • Organizational Sustainability: Nonprofits have a business model that provides ongoing financial support for their organization. They have boards and staff that are skilled, diverse, and knowledgeable and have shown longevity and a desire to move the organization forward to achieve the best results. 
  • Results: Nonprofits utilize different methods of evaluation and information-gathering to inform decision-making and organizational improvement as well as develop appropriate services to the community OR expand organizational knowledge of advocacy issues (if relevant.) 
  • Effective Programs: Nonprofits can clearly speak to the importance of their missions and programs and strategically align their programmatic or advocacy work with the larger good of the communities that they serve.
Important Dates

The next applications will open in the fall of 2024!

To Apply

Coming soon!

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All applications must be submitted through an online process with Common Grant Application. We strongly encourage you to review the tutorial video, which contains important information on how to register/log in 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.

Previous CORE Grant Recipients


* These grants were made possible thanks to our generous 2022 CORE collaborators.

*These grants were made possible thanks to our generous 2023 CORE collaborators.

CORE is made possible in part by a grant from the Catalyst Fund, a grantmaking program of Fidelity Charitable ®

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