Grant Opportunities

The Arizona Community Foundation awards grants year-round to support nonprofits, educational institutions, tribal entities, government agencies, and most religious organizations.

Open Grant Cycles

To be eligible to apply for the grants listed below, your organization must belong to one of the following categories: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, school, faith-based organization, tribal entity, or government agency.

Opens November 27th and closes January 12th
The Summer Youth Program Fund is an independent grantmaking program founded and managed by local funders who support, or are interested in supporting, agencies that provide summer programming for Maricopa County youth. The purpose of the SYPF is to supplement existing programs in order to enrich, enhance and expand summer offerings for children and youth.
Opens December 4th and closes January 5th
ACF will fund organizations in service to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community through four categories: capacity building, scientific research in the area of deafness and hearing loss, project support, and feasibility planning for capital projects.

Types of Grants

The Arizona Community Foundation performs the due diligence to ensure grantees are qualified, viable organizations in good standing.

Competitive Grants

Competitive grant applications are submitted online through the online grants portal during grant cycles. Unique competitive grant opportunities are available annually statewide and in each of our six regions:
Cochise and eastern Santa Cruz County, Flagstaff and northern Arizona, Graham and Greenlee counties, Sedona and the Verde Valley, Yavapai County, and Yuma and San Luis. Workshops are offered in each community to answer questions and assist applicants with their grant proposals.

Discretionary Grants

Awarded throughout the year from our Field of Interest Funds and Funds for the Common Good, in alignment with our Philanthropic Agenda and community needs. Proposals are solicited and evaluated by ACF board members, regional boards of advisors, community leaders, staff, and subject-matter experts.


Advised Grants

ACF reviews grants recommended by our donors from their charitable funds and then makes distributions to qualified organizations. These grants cannot be applied for and represent over half of ACF’s annual grant distributions.

Watch our virtual grant application workshop

Impact Areas

ACF’s grants support projects and programs in five key areas of impact.

Arts & Culture

We support a thriving arts scene and diverse cultural offerings in Arizona communities

Community Improvement & Development

We support affordable housing and other essential needs for Arizona’s underserved populations

Environment & Sustainability

We help protect, preserve, and responsibly manage Arizona’s natural resources

Health Innovations

We invest in community health, research, and human services to improve our shared quality of life

Quality Education

We support innovation and high-quality reforms for students from Pre-K through graduate school