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.
Donor Name: Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
County: Cochise County (AZ), Gila County (AZ), Graham County (AZ), Greenlee County (AZ), Pima County (AZ), Pinal County (AZ), Santa Cruz County (AZ), Yuma County (AZ)
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $10,000 to $100,000
Grant Duration: 1 Year
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 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 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: 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.
CFSA accept grant requests between $10,000 and $30,000 from qualified nonprofit organizations.
CORE grant periods are for one year in duration.
- Applicants must be a 501(c)3 in good standing and have been operating for at least 2 years.
- You will be asked to provide your EIN which will be used to verify this information.
- In the application, organizations who were conducting programming before the acquisition of a 501(c)3 will have the opportunity to provide context on the nature of that work.
- Applicants must be based in Southern Arizona.
- CFSA welcomes applicants from all counties south of the Gila River, including Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Santa Cruz, Yuma, and some of Pinal County.
- Statewide organizations serving Southern Arizona must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, 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.
- The applicant must be current in all reporting to CFSA.
- CFSA asks 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.
- CFSA will ask you to input your current fiscal year annual operating budget in the application.
- Additionally, applicants will be asked to submit their most recently filed Form 990.
- Applicants will be asked to provide context within the application if their current annual operating budget varies greatly from the last reported Total Expenses (Line 18) in their most recently filed Form 990.
- CORE Grants will not be 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.
For more information, visit CFSA.