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, 2016, the Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley awarded nearly $79,000 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 $645,000 in grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and students in the Gila Valley region.

2017 Competitive Grants Process

The annual competitive grants process of the Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley provides opportunities for funding to nonprofit organizations serving residents of Graham and Greenlee counties. The online application is now closed and the projects that receive funding will be announced during the annual celebration in September. For more information contact Colin Shannon.

2016 Grants

The competitive grants process for 2016 culminated in the awarding of more than $33,500 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving residents of Graham and Greenlee counties.

2016 Grantees

  • Boys & Girls Club of Gila Valley received $2,300 for its Opportunity Club. 
  • Duncan Public Library received $500 for its Lego Club. 
  • Easter Seals Blake Foundation received $4,400 to support Incredible Years Dinosaur School in Safford. 
  • Friend2Friend God’s Pantry received $4,300 for food and operating expenses for their Eliminating Hunger program. 
  • Gila Valley Arts Council received $3,000 to support the educational component of Tucson Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet. 
  • Gila Valley Chorale received $2,300 for operating expenses. 
  • New Life City Church received $2,300 to purchase bicycles for each child in Project Luke. 
  • Pride Society received $400 to replace globes in street lamps. 
  • Southeastern Arizona Clean and Beautiful received $4,300 to cover blight remediation activities in the Gila Valley. 
  • Southeastern Arizona Community Unique Services received $5,000 to increase the number of seniors they serve through their Meals Programs. 
  • Southeastern Arizona Dementia Friendly Communities received $4,300 to recruit and train education volunteers. 
  • University of Arizona Foundation received $400 to implement school gardens at Duncan Elementary and Duncan Head Start Schools.