The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has granted $392,000 to 20 Southern Arizona nonprofit organizations, and an additional $50,000 for technical support to strengthen the nonprofit sector, a release said.
The Community Foundation aims to support "effective nonprofits," which in turn create "visible, positive impacts for populations most impacted by the economic crisis."
By category, the foundation is granting $100,000 to aid victims of abuse and domestic violence, $100,000 to help at-risk homeless individuals, older adults, youth and families, $125,000 toward individuals and families needing financial empowerment, and $117,000 to nonprofit organizations needing additional capacity and technical assistance.
"While we are dealing with the short-term impact of the economy, each of these grants aligns with the Community Foundation's long-term funding priority areas: life-long learning; workforce development and skills training; arts, culture and heritage; and healthy people and quality of life," said Carmen Marriott, chair of the CFSA board of trustees.
Funding comes from the Economic Relief and Stability Fund started by CFSA in December 2008 in response to the then-recent market collapse, and the stress it imposed. All dollars in the Economic Relief and Stability Fund are being distributed into the community through the community investment grant round, CFSA's annual competitive grant process.
The Community Foundation is welcoming additional donations. Further information is available to at www.cfsoaz.org/communityinvestmentgrants.
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona was established in 1980. Its mission is "to work with charitably minded individuals and organizations to strengthen Southern Arizona communities, now and for generations to come.
For more information, call 770-0800 or www.cfsoaz.org.
Recipients of grant awards from The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona:
Administration of Resources and Choices, $30,000
Casa de los Ninos, $10,000
Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, $30,000
Mount Graham Safe House, $15,000
Planned Parenthood, $15,000
Desert Senita, $20,000
Elfrida Citizens Alliance, $10,000
El Rio Foundation, $7,000
Literacy Volunteers of Tucson, $15,000
Our Family Services Inc., $20,000
Primavera Foundation, $18,000
Skrappy's / Tucson Youth Collective, $10,000
Chicanos por la Causa, $14,000
International Sonoran Desert Alliance, $25,000
Pima Community College Adult Education, $11,000
Pima Council on Aging, $10,000
Southern Arizona Legal Aid, $15,000
Borderlands Theater, $12,000
Opening Minds Through the Arts, $20,000 (plus $15,000 grant from fund holder)
Southern Arizona Aids Foundation, $20,000