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Grants to Arizona Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organizations to Provide Summer Activities for Children and Youth

Summer Youth Program Fund


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Geographic Focus
USA: Arizona: Maricopa County

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/12/24 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Arizona nonprofits and faith-based organizations to provide summer activities for children and youth in eligible locations. Funding is intended for programs in the areas of environment and nature, recreation and physical activity, disability, education, and personal youth development. Funded activities must primarily serve youth in Maricopa County.

The Summer Youth Program Fund is an independent grantmaking program founded and managed by local funders who support or are interested in supporting agencies that provide summer programming for Maricopa County youth. The purpose of the SYPF is to supplement existing programs in order to enrich, enhance, and expand summer offerings for children and youth.

Specific Funding Priorities

  • Serve disadvantaged youth from neighborhoods with limited access to organized activities
  • Serve youth with disabilities or special health needs
  • Exhibit stable history of community support, outreach, and partnerships
  • Demonstrate ability to increase the number of youth served
  • Provide age-appropriate, enriching activities and education components
  • Identify areas to improve program quality and increase the positive impact on participants
  • Establish realistic outcomes for the program participants
  • Collaborate among fellow grant seekers

Focus Areas

    • Education
    • Health/Nutrition
    • Arts and Culture
    • Environment and Nature
    • Personal Development
    • Physical Activity

    The SYPF encourages collaborative efforts among organizations with similar goals in order to increase service capacities and expand outreach to touch the lives of even more youth in Maricopa County.

    Programs must be conducted when school is not in session, between Memorial Day and Labor Day.


    Additional Eligibility Criteria
    SYPF applicants must meet the following criteria:
    - Organization(s) seeking funds must reside in Arizona and have documentation from the Internal Revenue Service of charitable status (e.g., IRS Code Sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A).
    - Must be in good standing with the IRS at the time of review
    - The program for which funding is requested must have a minimum history of two years.
    - The program for which funding is requested must have daily programs that are conducted for at least four hours per day, and residential programs that are conducted for more than one night.
    - The proposed summer program will serve a minimum of 80% youth who are Maricopa County residents
    - Organizations may not submit proposals under the 501(c)(3) umbrella of another agency.
    - Organization may not unlawfully discriminate against employees, volunteers, board members or the members, clients, or students it serves on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

    - Schools and municipalities do not qualify to apply for funding from SYPF.
    - The intent of the SYPF is not to fund capital costs such as equipment, vehicles, facility enhancements, building repair and maintenance.

    Pre-Application Information
    Timeline for 2024 Grant Making
    • Grant cycle opens: November 27, 2023, at 9:00 am.
    • Deadline: Applications are due January 12, 2024, at 4:00 pm; no exceptions.
    • Grant review panel will make final recommendations by March 8, 2024.
    • Grant awards and decline notifications will be sent out by the end of March 2024. Grant checks will be disbursed in mid-May 2024.
    • If funded, the Final Report is due by September 30, 2024.

    An organization may request up to 50% of the total project budget.

    A 501(c)(3) organization with multiple branches is allowed one application for each eligible program site.

    Additional Funding Information

    Estimated Total Program Funding:


    Estimated Size of Grant
    Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. The maximum grant is $25,000.

    Applicants should not request more than 50% of their total program budget from the SYPF.

    Term of Contract
    Final Report must be submitted on or before September 30, 2024.

    Contact Information
    Apply online (from November 28):

    Direct questions to 602.381.1400 or

    For technical assistance with the website, including organizational profile and the online application, please contact a member of the ACF Grants Management Team at 602.381.1400 or

    Arizona Community Foundation
    2201 E. Camelback Road, Suite 405B
    Phoenix, AZ 85016

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