Grants & Initiatives

The Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma 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 Yuma awarded nearly $917,000 in grants and scholarships through the competitive grants process and through the advice of donors who have established funds with ACF of Yuma. Since inception, ACF of Yuma has awarded over $7 million in total grants and scholarships to Yuma area nonprofit organizations and students.

2018 Grant Workshops

In preparation for their annual competitive grants process, the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma invites representatives of local nonprofit organizations, public schools, government agencies and Tribal entities to attend one of two upcoming grant workshops. Topics to be covered at the workshops include application instructions, eligibility requirements, guidelines and an overview of the online grants center and application process. Both workshops will take place in July, and the content to be delivered at each will be the same; attend whichever workshop works best for your schedule. 

The online application for grants will open on Monday, July 23rd. Complete applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17th, to be considered.

Register for July 17 Workshop!

Register for July 26 Workshop!

2017 Grants

The 2017 competitive grants process for the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma and the Sturges Charitable Trust culminated in the awarding of $126,000 in grants to 24 nonprofit organizations serving Yuma, Western Arizona and the community of San Luis. Funds were awarded to support projects and projects that serve youth, the arts, animal welfare and strong families. 

The competitive grants process this year benefited from the generous support of the Sturges Charitable Trust, which contributed significant funds to pool of dollars available to be awarded.

2017 Grantees

  • American Red Cross in Arizona
  • Arizona Friends of Foster Children
  • Arizona Historical Society
  • Arizona's Western College Foundation
  • Ballet Yuma
  • Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, Inc. 
  • Children's Museum of Yuma County, Inc.
  • Comite De Bien Estar, Inc. 
  • Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
  • Goodwill
  • Healing Journey, Inc. 
  • Humane Society of Yuma
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish and School
  • Love Tree Farm, Inc. 
  • Mentally Ill Kids in Distress
  • NexGen Leadership Council, Inc. 
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Special Olympics Arizona
  • United Way of Yuma County
  • Yuma Community Theater, Inc. 
  • Yuma Conservation Garden
  • Yuma County Library District
  • Yuma Orchestra Association


Supporting our Veterans: Yuma Veterans Fund

The Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma is building a charitable fund to support the needs of military veterans. Substantial gifts to ACF of Yuma presented an opportunity to leverage support for the Yuma Veterans Fund. An anonymous donor, a veteran, made a $10,000 challenge gift. Every two-dollar donation to the fund was matched with an additional dollar. A second $10,000 challenge gift was received from Southwest Gas corporation.

Because the Yuma Veterans Fund will be an endowed fund, it will exist in perpetuity, with grants made from the interest earned, always there to provide support for local veterans' needs. A local grant distribution committee will be responsible for grantmaking recommendations and dollars raised in the county for the fund will remain in the county. The committee will include individuals with a stake in veterans' issues, for example, a post chaplain, military spouses, and active and retired military.

Yuma Veterans Loan Project

The Yuma Veterans Recoverable Loan Project is a special loan fund that provides interest-free, short-term loans to any deserving Veteran with an honorable discharge. According to recent studies, claims through the Department of Veterans Affairs can take an average of 272 days to be processed, with some lingering for as long as a year. Loans from this charitable fund provide an interim financing solution, funding immediate needs such as trips to the VA Hospital, school expenses, medical emergencies, and rent and utility deposits. As a result of generous contributions from Yuma County residents and with support from our project partner, The Salvation Army Yuma, loans have already been made.

Give to a Fund for Yuma Veterans