South32 Grant Round Now Open

Up to $50,000 will be available each cycle; requests up to $10,000 will be considered. Only one application will be accepted per organization per year. Cycles are currently scheduled to open on September 2, 2019, January 6, 2020, and May 4, 2020. Organizations will be not eligible to reapply until current grant and reporting are completed.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  1. The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing, based in and doing charitable work in Santa Cruz County
  2. The organization must 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.
  3. The proposed program must directly benefit people living in Santa Cruz County.
  4. Grants are generally not made to individuals, for-profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, agency endowments, individual schools, or for sectarian purposes.
  5. Organizations will be not eligible to reapply until the current grant cycle and reporting is completed.
  6. One of the guiding principles of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is to honor the rich diversity of our community and to promote equal opportunities for all people. Awards made by the foundation’s various 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:

  • are working collaboratively with other agencies in the planning and implementation of the project.
  • have involved staff, volunteers, and current/potential participants in the planning and implementation of the proposed program.
  • enable individuals to identify, contribute and enhance their skills, abilities, capacities, and assets, focusing on strengths rather than problems or deficiencies.
  • can clearly articulate the outcomes the program/participants will achieve and be able to collect the data to demonstrate measurable progress toward the accomplishment of those outcomes.
  • can provide a clear description of plans to sustain the organization and/or program beyond the grant period.

Other Important Dates:

  • Site visits will be scheduled as needed with agencies. Please email Kelly Huber at khuber@cfsaz.orgwith questions.
  • All grantees will be required to submit a final report at the end of the grant cycle or project completion.

Application Deadlines:

  • Friday, September 27, 2019, by 5:00 pm through Common Grant Application
  • Friday, January 31, 2020, by 5:00 pm through Common Grant Application
  • Friday, May 29, 2020, by 5:00 pm through Common Grant Application

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through an online process with Common Grant Application. We strongly encourage you to review the below tutorial video containing important information on how to register/login and submit an application.  You may also click here to view the video.

First-time users of Common Grant Application: click here. If you have already applied for a grant using Common Grant Application, you should have an account.  Returning users click here.


Contact Mark Montoya, Vice President of Operations at (520) 209-2868 or or Kelly Huber, Director, Community Investments at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona at (520) 209-2858 or