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, 2018, 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 nearly $21.7 million in grants and scholarships to Flagstaff nonprofit organizations and students.

2019 Competitive Grants Process

Flagstaff Grant Cycle

The annual competitive grant process for the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff will provide financial support to the programs serving Flagstaff residents. The online applications are now closed. Grant recipients will be announced in the summer of 2019.

Northern Arizona Community Health Grant

The Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation provides funding for organizations who are addressing northern Arizona's healthcare needs, including access, behavioral health, and chronic medical conditions. Proposals may be submitted with a minimum request of $5,000. The grant cycle opens on Monday, May 20 with final applications due no later than Friday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. Attending a grant application workshop is mandatory in order for an organization to apply for a grant in 2019; register here. Consult the 2019 Grant Guidelines for more information. 

View Grant Guidelines

Northern Arizona Regional Grant Cycle

The annual competitive grants process for the Northern Arizona Regional Grants, facilitated by the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, will provide financial support for projects and programs serving Tuba City, Williams, and Page/Lake Powell residents.

The online application is now closed. Grant recipients will be announced in the summer of 2019.


2018 Competitive Grants

As part of the annual application process, grants totaling $1,773,819 were awarded to 118 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with these generous supporters and Grant Collaborators:

  • American Society of Civil Engineer's Northern Arizona Younger Member Group
  • Capstone Health Fund
  • Ernest & Evelyn Chilson Fund
  • Forest Highlands Foundation
  • Full Circle Charities
  • 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