Grants & Initiatives

The Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley 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. Grants are awarded year-round either through donor advice or through a competitive process overseen by our local Board of Advisors. 

During the 12-month period ending March 31, 2017, the Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley awarded over $108,000 in grants and scholarships through the competitive grants process and through the advice of donors who have established funds with ACF of the Gila Valley. Since inception, ACF of the Gila Valley has awarded more than $754,000 in grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and students in the Gila Valley region.

2017 Competitive Grants Process

The annual competitive grants process of the Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley provides opportunities for funding to nonprofit organizations serving residents of Graham and Greenlee counties. The competitive grants process for 2017 culminated in the awarding of more than $32,993 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving residents of Graham and Greenlee counties.

2017 Grantees

  • Arts Guild of Eastern Arizona received $1,000 for its Youth Art, Featured Artist and Workshop Programs.
  • The City of Safford received $2,500 for the Give from the Heart program.
  • Gila Valley Arts Council received $3,000 to support Gila Valley Sounds.
  • Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona received $2,500 for their Pollinator Conservation Education Project.
  • Graham County Interfaith Care Alliance, Inc. received $4,493 to support vehicle procurement for their Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry program.
  • Graham County Special Services received $2,500 to support the Special Needs Preschool Playground Shade program.
  • Javelina Chase Omnium received $1,500 for the Javelina Chase Cycling Event.
  • Mt. Graham Safe House, Inc. received $2,500 to fund a driver.
  • Southeastern Arizona Clean and Beautiful received $4,500 to cover blight remediation activities in the Gila Valley.
  • Special Olympics Arizona received $3,000 for Special Olympics in Graham County.
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society received $3,000 for their Bring up the Lights program.
  • Tooth B.U.D.D.S., Inc. received $2,500 for their Bringing Understanding of Dental Disease to Schools summer pilot program.