The Arizona Community Foundation and its donors are pleased to announce grant and scholarship distributions for the second quarter of its fiscal year. Between July 1 and September 30, 2023, a total of $26,186,667 was awarded from funds of the Arizona Community Foundation and its six statewide regional offices in: Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, and Yuma.
The $26.2 million in both discretionary and advised grants and scholarships were awarded in five strategic priority areas: Health Innovations, Community Improvement & Development, Environment & Sustainability, Arts & Culture, and Quality Education.
Health Innovations: A total of $7.3 million was awarded to 609 organizations and programs in the areas of health, health care, medical research, and a variety of human services.
Community Improvement & Development: A total of $2.1 million was awarded to 171 programs in this category, which includes housing, community and neighborhood development, financial literacy training, legal assistance, and crime prevention programs.
Environment & Sustainability: A total of $913,322 was awarded to 120 organizations and programs in the areas of environmental education, renewable resources, conservation, and animal welfare.
Arts & Culture: A total of $1.3 million was awarded to 143 artistic and cultural organizations across Arizona.
Quality Education: During this quarter, a total of $13.9 million was awarded in scholarships and education-related grants.
College scholarships accounted for $5 million of the quarter’s total and were awarded for the benefit of 1,389 students pursuing higher education. College scholarships are awarded to Arizona students to attend a wide range of colleges, universities, and technical schools in Arizona and across the United States.
In addition to these grants, 33 nonprofit organizations with agency endowments managed by the Arizona Community Foundation received their annual distributions during the second quarter of ACF’s fiscal year, accounting for $749,395 distributed during the quarter.
The $26.2 million awarded across all categories represents 2,759 grants and scholarships. Some grants are awarded at the discretion of the Arizona Community Foundation with input from board committees and diverse community panels, while others are awarded through donor advice. All grants are approved or ratified by ACF’s Donor & Community Engagement Committee whose members include ACF board representatives and other community leaders.