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 Grants

The 2018 competitive grants process for the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma and the San Luis Community Fund will provide financial support for projects and programs that serve Yuma County and San Luis residents. The online application is now open and completed applications must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17 to be considered. For more information on the grant application process, view the 2018 Yuma Grant Guidelines [PDF, 636 KB] or the 2018 San Luis Grant Guidelines [PDF, 660 KB]. 


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