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, 2021, the Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley awarded over $140,000 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 $4.6 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and students in the Gila Valley region.

2022 Competitive Grants

The Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley awards funding to a wide range of nonprofits, community organizations, educational institutions, tribal entities, and government agencies through a nonprofit competitive grant cycle. Organizations who attended a grant application workshop in April 2022 are invited to apply for funding through the 2022 ACF of the Gila Valley Competitive Grant Cycle. 

The grant application is now closed. Grantees will be announced in the summer of 2022. 

2021 Competitive Grants

The 2021 competitive grants process for the Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley concluded with the awarding of $38,000 in grants to nine nonprofit organizations.

Grants were awarded to organizations to support projects in social services, healthcare, environment, animal welfare, and more. See below for a full list of organizations that received support through the 2021 competitive grants process.

2021 Grantees

  • Aravaipa Watershed Conservation Alliance
  • Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona
  • Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona
  • Graham County Search and Rescue Squad
  • Mount Graham Safe House, Inc.
  • Nalwoodi Denzhone Community
  • Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry
  • Pima Volunteer Fire Department
  • Southeastern Arizona Community Unique Services