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, 2019, the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff awarded more than $2 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 over $24 million in grants and scholarships to Flagstaff nonprofit organizations and students.

2020 Competitive Grant Cycles

Grant Cycle for organizations serving Page/Lake Powell, Tuba City, and Williams residents

In preparation for the 2020 grant cycle, the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff will host a grant application workshop for organizations who serve Page/Lake Powell, Tuba City, and Williams. Three workshops will be offered; attend whichever one works best for your schedule.

Attendance is highly encouraged for any organization wishing to apply for grants in 2020. Topics to be discussed during the workshop include application timelines, eligibility requirements, guidelines, and instructions for the ACF online grants center. 


The grant cycle will open Monday, March 9 at 9:00 a.m. with final applications due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30. 

Grant Cycle for organizations serving Flagstaff residents

Grant application workshops will be available to nonprofits serving Flagstaff residents in the spring of 2020. Check back for dates and more information.

2019 Competitive Grants

As part of the annual application process, grants totaling $1,853,365 were awarded to 114 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with these generous supporters and Grant Collaborators:

  • American Society of Civil Engineer's Northern Arizona Younger Member Group
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Capstone Health Fund
  • Ernest & Evelyn Chilson Fund
  • Forest Highlands Foundation
  • Geile Charitable Fund
  • GeoFund
  • Molly and Joseph Herman Foundation
  • McClanahan Family Unrestricted Fund
  • Northern Arizona Healthcare
  • Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation
  • W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. 

Grants were awarded to organizations in the area of healthcare, youth, arts and culture, social services, education, the environment, and animal welfare. The contributions from ACF of Flagstaff bring the total philanthropic impact to over $3.1 million distributed in the past year to support area nonprofit organizations and provide scholarships for local students.

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:


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