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CORE Grants

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits for Operating Support

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Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA)

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Grants of up to $30,000 to eligible Arizona nonprofit organizations for organizational support. Funding is intended to support basic operational expenses, salaries, program expenses, and administrative costs in order to assist grantees in serving their communities most effectively. Eligible organizations may apply from Yuma, Santa Cruz, Pinal, Pima, Greenlee, Graham, and Cochise Counties.

CFSA developed CORE Grants in 2016 to achieve greater impact through their grantmaking. Providing general operating support can quicken the arc of change, creating better results in less time. Through CORE Grants, CFSA provides nonprofits with the flexible working capital necessary to maximize their impact and improve the quality of life in southern Arizona. 

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

Community: Are continually evolving and growing, meeting the needs of the clients they serve. They are well networked and utilize the strengths of relationships and collaboration.

Organizational Sustainability: Have business models that provide on-going financial sustainability for their organization as well as the ability to leverage different forms of capital. A robust and balanced fundraising plan is in place and volunteers and staff are balanced in their roles. 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 their clients. High-impact nonprofits should be able to demonstrate methods for collecting and evaluating effectiveness.

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 clients that they serve.

Partnering with Donors:   Donors who have an interest in CORE grant support can participate with CFSA to select grantees according to their charitable budget and personal choice.

General operating and CORE funding can be used interchangeably to describe support that is not awarded for specific projects or programs. As the name suggests, CORE grants can support fundamental needs, including administrative costs, program expenses or salaries.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185072

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests from $10,000 to $30,000 will be accepted from qualified nonprofit organizations.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is for one year in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing and have been operating for at least three years.

Organizations must have a total operating budget of $200K to $2M and be able to show a balanced budget for the past three years.

Organization should not have had an operating deficit in the past 3 years.

Applicant's CEO, ED or equivalent must have been with the organization at least two years and management must work in the communities they serve.

Southern Arizona Presence:
- Applicant organizations must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support and local program management and accountability.
- Applicant organization must be conducting charitable work in Southern Arizona.
- Applicants are welcome from Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Yuma counties

Grants are generally not made to individuals, for profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, construction, or renovation (minor capital improvements required to implement programs are allowable), agency endowments, debt reduction, individual schools, religious organizations for sectarian purposes, or sports teams.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates
- December 2, 2019 Application Open
- January 15, 2020 Applications Due
- February-March, 2020 Applications Review
- March 2020 Applicant Presentations
- April 15, 2020 Award Notifications
- May 8, 2020 Awards Celebration

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

First-time users of Common Grant Application:

For questions contact Kelly Huber, Director, Strategic Grants and Initiatives, Community Investments, at or by phone (520) 209-2858

Enedina Miller, Program Manager, Awards
520-770-0800 ext 7111

Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
5049 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 201
Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: (520) 770-0800
Fax: (520) 770-1500

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: Southern Arizona including Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Yuma counties