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, 2016, the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise awarded nearly $380,000 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 $45,000 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 $7.5 million in grants and scholarships to Cochise area nonprofit organizations and students.

2017 Competitive Grants

The annual competitive grants process for the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise provides 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. The projects that will receive grants from ACF of Cochise will be announced during Cochise Celebrates Giving in October.

2016 Grants

The competitive grants process for 2016 concluded with the awarding of $107,000 in grants to 31 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 2016 competitive grants process. Italicized projects were funded collaboratively by ACF of Cochise and the Legacy Foundation.

2016 Grantees

  • Arizona Theatre Company
  • Bisbee Unified School District #2
  • Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista
  • City of Douglas - Public Library
  • Civil Air Patrol - Cochise Composite Squadron
  • Douglas Unified School District #27 - Douglas High School
  • Douglas Unified School District #27 - Stevenson Elementary
  • Fry Firefighter's Charities
  • Horse'n Around Rescue
  • Naco Wellness Initiative
  • Pollinator Corridors Inc.
  • San Simon Valley Literacy Organization
  • Sierra Vista Symphony Association
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center, Inc.
  • Sunsites Pearce Fire District
  • The Bisbee Radio Project
  • The Salvation Army, A California Corp.
  • University of Arizona Foundation
  • Volunteer Interfaith Caregiver Program
  • Willcox Historic Theater Preservation, Inc.

Legacy Foundation Grantees

  • Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter - Southern AZ Region
  • Bisbee Coalition for the Homeless
  • CASA of Cochise County
  • Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc.
  • Cochise Family Advocacy Center, Inc.
  • Douglas ARC
  • Friends of the S. V. Animal Shelter, Inc.
  • Soldier's Best Friend
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center, Inc.
  • Southeastern Arizona Consumer Run Services, Inc.
  • Southern Arizona Children's Haven