Grant Update – 10/22/20

Following more than twenty weeks of grantmaking to nonprofits in the Southern Arizona region, the application to the COVID-19 Community Support Fund will close at 5:00 PM on October 30, 2020.

In an effort to complete the screening of all pending applications and review current applicants’ needs, a decision was made by the Community Review Committee to stop accepting new applications. Grants will continue to be awarded on a weekly basis until available funds have been expended. Our goal is to continue responsive COVID grantmaking through December. We will launch additional strategic response efforts in January 2021.

Remaining grant funds will be directed to organizations providing basic human needs and access to healthcare to populations heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including low-income individuals, residents without access to healthcare, older adults, health care workers, first responders, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabled residents, communities of color, and other populations and needs as they emerge.

If your organization does not provide support for these needs and populations, we are no longer able to accept your proposal.

CFSA staff will be contacting organizations who currently have a pending application in the coming weeks, however please email khuber@cfsaz.org if you have any questions.

About The Funds

In March 2020, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and its community partners established two funds to support nonprofits in our southern Arizona service area during this difficult time.  Our pledge as a foundation is that 100% of donations to these these funds will go directly to support nonprofits in our community.

CFSA’s COVID-19 Community Support Fund
The COVID-19 Community Support Fund provides flexible resources to Southern Arizona nonprofit organizations that are serving individuals and families impacted by this outbreak. Funds will be distributed to nonprofit organizations serving Southern Arizona’s most vulnerable with a focus on providing basic human needs and access to healthcare to affected populations, including low-income individuals, residents without access to healthcare, older adults, health care workers, first responders, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabled residents and communities of color. Funds may be available for other populations and needs as they emerge.

Click here to view the nonprofit organizations funded to date.

NOW CLOSED: CFSA’s COVID-19 Nonprofit Event Relief Fund
Many nonprofit organizations in Southern Arizona organizations were forced to cancel fundraising events and programming as a result of COVID-19 and the impact of that lost revenue was significant. CFSA is proud to have provided $233,000 total in event relief funding to 41 nonprofits in Pima and Santa Cruz County from the COVID-19 Nonprofit Relief Fund. This Fund is now closed.

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

CFSA COVID-19 Community Response Funds Sponsors


Grant Guidelines + Basic Eligibility

The CFSA’s COVID-19 Community Support Fund will provide grants to organizations in the range of $3,000-$20,000. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and, if accepted, processed within two-weeks of award notification.

Applicants must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) in good standing, based in and doing charitable work in Pima County or Santa Cruz County.
  • Have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support, and local program management and accountability. In the case of nationally sponsored organizations, no portion of the grant can be used to support the national, state, or regional entity.
  • Offer programs that directly benefit people living in Pima County or Santa Cruz County.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona honors the rich diversity of our community and promotes equal opportunities for all people. Awards made by the Foundation’s grant panels support organizations that do not discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, marital status, familial status, gender identity, economic circumstances, and/or veteran status.

Priority will be given to organizations that provide basic human needs and access to healthcare to those effected populations, including low-income individuals, residents without access to healthcare, older adults, health care workers, first responders, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabled residents, communities of color, and other populations and needs as they emerge.

Application Process 

Based upon the charitable structure of our COVID-19 Response Funds, grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations. If you are an individual or business who is seeking support, please see CFSA’s COVID-19 Community Resource Guide.

A short application must be submitted through our online grant portal Common Grant Application.

If you do not have a Common Grant log-in, please click here to register.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be kept on file as funding is identified and available until the COVID-19 crisis subsides. CFSA staff will contact organizations when funding becomes available. Organizations are encouraged to contact CFSA staff at any time should they have questions about their application. 

Click here to apply for a COVID-19 Community Support Grant.