Community Foundation for Southern Arizona announces CORE Grants 2022

Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) is seeking applications for its CORE Grants 2022 to provide nonprofits with the flexible working capital necessary to maximize their impact and improve the quality of life in Southern Arizona.

Donor Name: Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

State: Arizona

Counties: Cochise County, Graham County, Greenlee County, Pima County, Pinal County, Santa Cruz County, Yuma County

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/03/2021

Size of the Grant: $10,000 and $30,000


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, 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.

Characteristics of the high-impact nonprofit organizations that will receive funding are ones that meet the CORE values of:

  • Community: Are continually evolving and growing, meeting the needs of the communities they serve.
  • Organizational Sustainability: Have a business model that provides on-going 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: Demonstrate results and outcomes which help them improve over time as well as develop appropriate services to the community.
  • Effective Programs: Clearly articulate why their programs and mission are important; high impact nonprofits strategically align their programmatic work with the larger good of the communities that they serve.

Grant Information

The Foundation accepts grant requests between $10,000 and $30,000 from qualified nonprofit organizations.


In Round 1, their staff will make sure that your organization meets the following criteria in order to advance to the next round:

  • Applicant must be a 501(c)3 in good standing and have been operating for at least 3 years.
    • You will be asked to provide your EIN which will be used to verify this information.
  • The applicant must be current in all reporting to CFSA
    • They ask that applicants not have any outstanding reports due in any previous/current grant cycles with CFSA.
  • Organization must have a current annual budget between $100k – $2M
    • This number should be reflected in your current year-to-date profit and loss statement compared to approved operating budget as your total income expected for the year.
    • This budget can include things like in-kind income.
  • Organizations must have strong financial oversight and governance
  • Your current executive director/CEO/president or equivalent must have been with the organization for at least 1 year as of the application deadline.
  • 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.
    • Capital improvements required to implement programs and services are allowable.
    • Schools with 501c3 status may apply and individual colleges within universities may use their foundation as a fiscal agent.
  • Applicant must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support and local program management and accountability.
    • Must have some board representation in the southern Arizona region. This information will be verified in “Board List” document by the city of residence.
  • Applicants must be headquartered or providing services in Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal (South of the Gila River), Santa Cruz and Yuma counties.
    • Applicants must have headquarter/location/charter conducting charitable work in one of these counties. Grant funding cannot be used outside of southern Arizona region.
  • Have a clear commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access and encourage board and staff to reflect the communities they serve.
    • 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, Religion, Gender or Gender Identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), Gender Expression, Sexual orientation, Age, Ancestry, Citizenship, Ethnicity, Familial Status, Socioeconomic Status (economic circumstances), Color, Creed, Sex (including pregnancy), Phases of Parenthood, National Origin, Marital Status, Veteran Status (past, current, or prospective service in the armed forces), Genetic Information, Physical Characteristics or Appearance, Mental or Physical Disability, Any other status prohibited by applicable law.

For more information, visit CORE Grants.