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 January 30th and closes February 24th
Representatives from nonprofits, public schools, municipalities, and tribal entities serving residents of Yavapai County are invited to attend. In order to apply for funding through the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County's annual competitive grant cycle, a representative from your nonprofit needs to attend a mandatory grant application workshop. Download the grant guidelines for more information.
Opens January 10th and closes March 10th
ACF, in cooperation with the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, is seeking applications from nonprofits, educational institutions, along with local, state, tribal, and government agencies in Arizona. Grants will be awarded to projects that aim to preserve, promote, and protect Route 66 in Arizona. ACF will accept proposals that benefit and support preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation projects as well as planning, educational, and research projects that focus on Route 66 in Arizona.
Opens February 6th and closes March 6th
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Foundation for Community & Health Advancement partners with organizations that are transforming health in Arizona. Projects that include mental health as a primary focus will be considered.

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