Grants & Initiatives

The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise 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. 

2015 Competitive Grants Process

The competitive grants process for 2015 provides an opportunity for financial support to nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies serving the area's residents. Nonprofit organizations from across Southeast Arizona have submitted letters of interest to be considered by a team of local leaders. Grant recipients will be announced in the fall.

For applicants

Organizations pursuing a full application in the 2015 grants process are invited to download these tips and tools, workshop materials and other resources for reference.


During the 12-month period ending March 31, 2014, the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise awarded a total of $57,200 in grants to local nonprofits. Donors who have established funds awarded an additional $294,752 in grants and scholarships, bringing the total impact to $351,952.

Since inception, the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise has awarded more than $6.5 million in grants and scholarships. 

Volunteer of the Year Award

The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise honored Jim and Carol Huddleston of Douglas with the first ever Volunteer of the Year award. The Huddlestons host the monthly meeting, Turning Point, which rallies community members to make Douglas a better place. The Huddlestons and Turning Point have been fixtures in their community since 1988, and they are nearing the hosting of their 200th Turning Point meeting. Nominees for the award were solicited from around Cochise County and were recognized at the annual Cochise Celebrates Giving event. 

Copper Ambassador Award

The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise is only able to give grants because of the generosity of the region’s residents who give to the causes they care about. Endowed gifts to the Community Foundation nurture our charitable landscape and make a difference forever. Ron Wagner has been a champion of this mission and has helped his friends and neighbors achieve their charitable goals. For his service to the Community Foundation and to Cochise County, he received the first ever Copper Ambassador Award.

2015 Grants

The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise accepts funding requests from qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools, municipalities and Tribal entities in amounts ranging from $250 to $5,000. Grant applicants must provide services within Cochise County geographic boundaries. The Letter of Interest phase of the 2015 competitive grant process will begin May 11, 2015.