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. 

Our communities benefit from collaboration and generosity

During the 12-month period ending March 31, 2015, the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise awarded nearly $450,000 in grants through the competitive grants process and through the advice of donors who have established funds with ACF of Cochise.

Thanks to the partnership of the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, an additional $40,000 in grants were awarded through the annual competitive grants process to support projects and programs to enhance community wellness.

Since inception, ACF of Cochise has awarded nearly $7 million in grants and scholarships.

2016 Competitive Grants

The annual competitive grants process for the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise will provide opportunities for funding to nonprofit organizations serving the area's residents. The process begins with interested organizations submitting letters of interest to propose their project and request funding. These letters are reviewed by a panel of local volunteers, and the strongest candidates are invited to submit a more thorough application. Organizations invited to submit a full proposal will be notified June 1. The online application portal will open to these invited organizations on June 6, and completed applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 20 to be considered. Download the grant guidelines for your reference.

2015 Grants 

The competitive grants process for 2015 concluded with the awarding of $100,000 in grants to 30 nonprofit organizations, thanks in no small part to the new partnership between the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise and the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona.

Grants were awarded to organizations that provide valuable social services, artistic organizations, environmental groups and community health organizations. See below for a full list of organizations that received support through the 2015 competitive grants process. Italicized projects were funded collaboratively by ACF of Cochise and the Legacy Foundation.

2015 Grantees

  • Arizona Theatre Company
  • Arizona Wilderness Coalition
  • Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee
  • Central School Project, Inc.
  • Chiricahua Trails Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
  • City of Bisbee, Bisbee Police Department Explorer Post
  • Civil Air Patrol - Cochise Composite Squadron
  • Cochise Area Network of Equine Therapeutic Resources
  • Douglas Area Food Bank
  • Douglas Historical Society
  • Douglas Unified School District #27
  • Food Bank of Tombstone
  • Friends of the S. V. Animal Shelter, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeastern Arizona
  • Northern Cochise Community Hospital
  • San Simon Valley Literacy Organization
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center, Inc.
  • Tombstone Small Animal Shelter
  • Tucson Symphony Orchestra
  • We Are One Family/Somos La Misma Familia
  • Willcox Historic Theater Preservation, Inc

Legacy Foundation Grantees

  • Alcoholism Council of Cochise County
  • Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter - Southern AZ Region
  • Bisbee Coalition for the Homeless
  • Douglas ARC
  • Easter Seals Blake Foundation
  • Naco Wellness Initiative
  • Soldier's Best Friend
  • University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

2016 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 next competitive grant process will begin in the spring of 2016.

Carol Huddleston Volunteer of the Year Award

The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise honored Javier "Shorty" Fimbres of Douglas with the Carol Huddleston Volunteer of the Year award. The award is named for the first Cochise County resident to be honored as Volunteer of the Year, Carol Huddleston. Fimbres has worked tirelessly to combat food insecurity in rural communities as President of the Douglas Area Food Bank.

Copper Ambassador Award

The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise is only able to award grants because of the generosity of the region’s residents who give to the causes they care about. Two groups gave generously to make Cochise an even better place to live. The Legacy Foundation offered its trust, partnership and financial resources to support the competitive grants process, and Chuck Hoyack, who chairs the Grants Committee, has regularly given his time and energy to ensuring the grants process moves smoothly for both nonprofit organizations and volunteer application reviewers. For this, both Chuck and the Legacy Foundation received the Copper Ambassador Award.