Grants & Initiatives

The Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma 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, 2017, the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma awarded nearly $917,000 in grants and scholarships through the competitive grants process and through the advice of donors who have established funds with ACF of Yuma. Since inception, ACF of Yuma has awarded over $7 million in total grants and scholarships to Yuma area nonprofit organizations and students.

2017 Grants

The annual competitive grants process for the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma provides opportunities for funding to nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies serving residents of Yuma County. The online application is now closed and projects that receive funding will be announced during Heart of Yuma in October. The Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma thanks the Sturges Charitable Trust for its generous support of Yuma communities through the 2017 competitive grants process. Contact Regional Philanthropic Coordinator Miguel Salcedo with any questions.

2016 Grants

The 2016 competitive grants process for the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma and the Sturges Charitable Trust culminated in the awarding of more than $117,200 in grants to 26 nonprofit organizations serving Yuma, Western Arizona and the community of San Luis. Funds were awarded to support projects and programs that serve youth, the arts, animal welfare and strong families.

The competitive grants process this year benefited from the generous support of the Sturges Charitable Trust, which contributed significant funds to pool of dollars available to be awarded.

2016 Grantees

  • American Red Cross in Arizona
  • Arizona Historical Society
  • Arizona Western College Foundation
  • Arizona's Children Association
  • Assistance League of Yuma
  • Ballet Yuma
  • Child & Family Services of Yuma, Inc.
  • Children's Museum of Yuma County, Inc.
  • Childsplay
  • Crossroads Mission
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
  • Healing Journey, Inc.
  • Humane Society of Yuma - Domestic Cat Spay/Neuter Program
  • Humane Society of Yuma - Feral Cat Program
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish and School
  • KIDS CuddleKit Closet
  • Mentally Ill Kids in Distress
  • Old Souls K9 Rescue and Retirement Home
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Special Olympics Arizona
  • Sun Sounds Foundation
  • Sunset Community Health Center
  • Western Arizona Community Alliance
  • Yuma Community Theater
  • Yuma County Library District
  • Yuma Elementary School District
  • Yuma Family YMCA
  • Yuma Orchestra Association

Donors that have established funds with the Community Foundation awarded their own grants to nonprofits of their choosing. Since inception, the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma has awarded nearly $17.3 million in grants and scholarships.


Supporting our Veterans: Yuma Veterans Fund

The Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma is building a charitable fund to support the needs of military veterans. Substantial gifts to ACF of Yuma presented an opportunity to leverage support for the Yuma Veterans Fund. An anonymous donor, a veteran, made a $10,000 challenge gift. Every two-dollar donation to the fund was matched with an additional dollar. A second $10,000 challenge gift was received from Southwest Gas corporation.

Because the Yuma Veterans Fund will be an endowed fund, it will exist in perpetuity, with grants made from the interest earned, always there to provide support for local veterans' needs. A local grant distribution committee will be responsible for grantmaking recommendations and dollars raised in the county for the fund will remain in the county. The committee will include individuals with a stake in veterans' issues, for example, a post chaplain, military spouses, and active and retired military.

Yuma Veterans Loan Project

The Yuma Veterans Recoverable Loan Project is a special loan fund that provides interest-free, short-term loans to any deserving Veteran with an honorable discharge. According to recent studies, claims through the Department of Veterans Affairs can take an average of 272 days to be processed, with some lingering for as long as a year. Loans from this charitable fund provide an interim financing solution, funding immediate needs such as trips to the VA Hospital, school expenses, medical emergencies, and rent and utility deposits. As a result of generous contributions from Yuma County residents and with support from our project partner, The Salvation Army Yuma, loans have already been made.

Give to a Fund for Yuma Veterans