Grants & Initiatives

The Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff is a family of charitable funds created for the community, by the community. Some funds have a broad grantmaking focus while others target a specific organization or field.

During the 12-month period ending March 31, 2017, the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff awarded more than $2.1 million in grants and scholarships through the competitive grants process and through the advice of donors who have established funds with ACF of Flagstaff. Since inception, ACF of Flagstaff has awarded nearly $19.5 million in grants and scholarships to Flagstaff nonprofit organizations and students.

2018 Northern Arizona Grants Workshops

In preparation for their annual competitive grants processes, the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff invites representatives of Tuba City and Williams area nonprofit organizations, public schools, municipalities and Tribal entities to attend one of three upcoming grant application workshops in Tuba City and Williams. 

Topics to be discussed at the workshops include application instructions, eligibility requirements, guidelines and overview of the online grants center and application process, and the new Northern Arizona Community Healthcare Grant. 


The online application for grants will open Monday, March 5. Complete applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 26 to be considered. For more information, contact Gwen Groth. Additional information is also available by downloading the 2018 Grant Guidelines [PDF, 593 KB].

2017 Grants Process at ACF of Flagstaff

The annual competitive grants process of the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff provides opportunities for funding to nonprofit organizations serving the area's residents. The online application is now closed and the projects that received funding were announced during the annual celebration in September. For more information contact Gwen Groth or view the 2017 Grant Cycle--Timeline and Interview Schedule.

2017 Northern Arizona Grants Process 

Through a competitive application process facilitated by the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, grant funding will be awarded for nonprofit organizations and programs serving Tuba City, Williams, Page and other communities in Northern Arizona. The online application is now closed and the projects that receive funding will be announced in the fall. For more information contact Gwen Groth.

2017 Grants

The competitive grants process for 2017 culminated in the awarding of more than $1.3 million to nonprofit organizations, schools, government agencies and Tribal entities serving Flagstaff communities.

In addition to funds distributed through the competitive grants process, donors that have established funds with ACF of Flagstaff award their own grants and scholarships. Their contributions bring the total philanthropic impact to $3 million distributed to support area nonprofit organizations and provide scholarships for local students.

A total of 112 nonprofit organizations received grants this year. Collectively, they serve Flagstaff’s artistic, cultural and educational institutions, promote environmental stewardship, advance health care and support organizations providing valuable social services.

Collaborating for greater impact

The Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff’s collaborative funding model invites local philanthropic entities to leverage their grantmaking capacity in partnership with ACF of Flagstaff. This unique approach to community philanthropy allows local funders to work together and streamlines the grant application for nonprofit organizations by allowing one application to qualify an organization for financial support from multiple funders.

Collaborating partners for the 2017 competitive grants process include Capstone Health Fund, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, Ernest & Evelyn Chilson Fund, Forest Highlands Foundation, Full Circle Charities, Geile Charitable Fund, GeoFund, Molly & Joseph Herman Foundation, McClanahan Family Unrestricted Fund, Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation, Stone Soup Fund, and W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

Grants make a difference

Every year, the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff awards grants to nonprofit organizations to support the work they do to make Flagstaff great. To read about what different organizations have accomplished with funding support, read these stories of impact. 

 Stories of Impact

Current Grant Opportunities

Through strategic investments and partnerships, we support and collaborate with the organizations on the front lines working to meet community needs and enhance our shared quality of life throughout Arizona. Visit the web page at to find out more.

Applying for grants from the P-12 Educational Resources fund

These two posters illustrate the concepts that guide the allocation of grants from the P-12 Educational Resources fund. Click on an image to download the file.

Each year, the Flagstaff Community Foundation oversees the process for awarding grants from the P-12 Educational Resources fund, a field of interest fund established by Frances McAllister and funded both during her lifetime and with funds bequeathed after her death. The Distribution Committee for the P-12 Educational Resources fund is required to follow very specific guidelines that were recommended by Frances herself in collaboration with a steering committee.

While you complete your application and consider whether your organization should submit an application for evaluation, you should review all of the following documents related to the allocation of funding from the P-12 Educational Resources field of interest fund:


Colorado Plateau Foundation: Empowering Tribal Communities

One-third of the 130,000-square-mile Colorado Plateau lies within sovereign control of several tribes. Quite significantly, interests of tribal communities on the Plateau extend far beyond the politically designated boundaries of reservations.

Enormous pressure and stress from energy development and unchecked growth threatens the Colorado Plateau environment, its dependent life forms, and the cultures and traditions of tribal communities. Native-run grassroots initiatives are emerging as essential and potent partners in dealing with threats to the Plateau environment.

The Colorado Plateau Foundation is dedicated to indigenous cultures and protecting sacred environments of the Colorado Plateau while building organizational capacity and supporting innovative and high impact projects. Tribal communities served include Acoma, Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Kaibab Paiute, Navajo, Ute, Mountain Ute, White Mountain Apache, and Zuni.

In 2012, The Christensen Fund and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation made grants to the Arizona Community Foundation to manage and launch The Colorado Plateau Foundation.