In March of 2020, our world changed forever due to COVID-19.
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona quickly responded to the needs of our community and the nonprofits who serve them by providing financial resources in the form of grants. In collaboration with CFSA’s funding partners and generous donors, we have awarded over $3.7 million to date in COVID relief funding.
Many thanks to the generous donors, fund holders, local foundations and corporations, and community partners who have contributed to these funds!
COVID-19 Stories of ImpactNews
CFSA's COVID-19 Response Strategy: Cumulative Giving Analysis
CFSA Provides Additional $50,000 in COVID-19 Relief Funding for Rural Food Insecurity
CFSA Announces Additional $10,000 in COVID-19 Support
CFSA Announces Additional $10,000 in COVID-19 Support
CFSA Announces Additional $25,000 in COVID-19 Support
New Partnership Established to Increase Access to COVID-19 Vaccine
CFSA Announces Additional $20,000 in COVID-19 Support
February 2021 COVID-19 Response Grants
CFSA's COVID-19 Capacity Building Programs
Week 25: COVID-19 Response Grants
We Are One | Somos Uno Nonprofit Continuity Grants: Round Four Recipients
CFSA + Santa Cruz Community Foundation Awards Over $240,000 to Local Nonprofits
Week 23 & 24: COVID-19 Response Grants
We Are One | Somos Uno Nonprofit Continuity Grants: Round Three Recipients
Week 22: COVID-19 Response Grants
CFSA Announces Partnership with Eller College of Management
CFSA's COVID-19 Response Grants: 20 Weeks of Impact
We Are One | Somos Uno Nonprofit Continuity Grants: Round Two Recipients
Week 21: COVID-19 Response Grants
Week 20: COVID-19 Response Grants
Week 19: COVID-19 Response Grants
We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Fund Nonprofit Continuity Grant Recipients
Week 18: COVID-19 Response Grants
Week 17: COVID-19 Response Grants
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 funds will go directly to support nonprofits in our community.
NOW CLOSED: 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.
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.
- 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.
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.