Grants & Initiatives

The Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County 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 Yavapai County awarded $1.7 million in grants and scholarships through the competitive grants process and through the advice of donors who have established funds with ACF of Yavapai County. Since inception, ACF of Yavapai County has awarded more than $13.7 million in grants and scholarships to Yavapai County nonprofit organizations and deserving students.

2017 Competitive Grants Process

The annual competitive grants process for the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County will provide financial support for projects and programs serving the area's residents. The online application is now closed and the projects that receive funding will be announced in the fall. For more information contact Lisa Sahady.

Major literacy grant supports Arizona Reads Now

The Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County has partnered with the James Family Foundation and the Margaret T. Morris Foundtion to award the first of three $150,000 grants to Arizona Reads Now, a collaborative initiative of Prescott Unified School District and Yavapai County Education Services Agency. Over the next three years, two additional grants of $150,000 will be awarded by the funders, bringing the total investment to more than $450,000. Read more.

Grants awarded by ACF of Yavapai County

The competitive grants process for 2016 concluded with the awarding of $364,595 in grants to 61 nonprofit organizations serving Yavapai County. Grants were awarded to organizations that provide valuable social services, artistic institutions, environmental organizations and local law enforcement K-9 Units. 

The need for funding continues to outpace the funds available for grantmaking, leaving opportunities for people like you to make a difference. These 2017 Worthy Projects include opportunities to support Yavapai County with a gift to a deserving organization that will make an immediate impact.

Take a look at some of the ways in which nonprofit organizations are making a difference in Yavapai County.

Stories of Impact


Major grant opportunity in literacy

The Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County has announced a major grant opportunity to support area youth in reaching the critical educational milestone of reading proficiency by third grade. With support from three additional funders, the project will provide $125,000 to $150,000 annually to support the development and implementation of an early literacy program for three years.

Nonprofit organizations and colleges are invited to submit proposals for programs that serve students in Yavapai County public schools and employ evidence-based strategies to improve literacy rates for students from pre-kindergarten through third grade.

According to data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, many students in Arizona fall short of reaching this critical milestone. In 2013, only 28 percent of students were reading proficiently entering fourth grade and a full 40 percent were not reading at even basic proficiency.

Recognizing the great need for the promotion of early literacy in Arizona and Yavapai County, Chamberlain wanted to involve other community partners supportive of education and student achievement. The James Family Foundation, the Margaret T. Morris Children’s Foundation and the Arizona Community Foundation Venture Fund for Quality Education agreed to serve as collaborative funding partners in the three-year literacy initiative. Each organization has committed to fund a portion of the grant in its first year or to contribute annually for the entirety of the three-year project.

The Big & Little Kids Book

In partnership with First Things First, the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County produces The Big & Little Kids Online Directory, a free resource guide connecting the community to nonprofit organizations serving Yavapai County families. Visit or download the free app for Apple or Android today.

This directory contains detailed information on resources such as child care, clothing, counseling and support groups, disabilities and special needs, education, finances, food, health, hotlines, recreation/enrichment, service clubs, shelter and housing, teens and transportation. The guide includes directories for public and charter schools, libraries, emergency food service providers, and early care and education providers in Yavapai County.