Arizona Grant Resources

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The Large Binocular Telescope, located atop Emerald Peak near Safford, AZ, is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It peers into the star-spangled night sky looking for exceptional astronomical features to explore. If you want funders to spot your nonprofit organization among the galaxy of competitors, attend our Grantsmanship Training Program and we’ll show you how to make your proposals sparkle!

Comprehensive and inspiring, this 5-day workshop will teach you the skills and strategies you need to shine above and beyond the competition. Come join us and you’ll participate in the experience of writing and reviewing powerful grant proposals written by you and your stellar classmates. But that’s not all! Finding the right potential funders is just as important as writing the best proposals for them. Intensive research is the key, and we’ll show you how to do that, too.

Want to start looking for promising funders right away? Look below and check out our list of foundation, community, corporate and government grantmakers in Arizona. Click on their links to make sure that they support your type of organization in your part of the state before contacting them.

In addition, we’ve included three essential steps for writing effective proposals below. Just click on “Read More” and explore!

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Government offices:

Governor Katie Hobbs - (602) 542-4331 Phoenix, AZ

Senator Mark Kelly - (202) 224-2235 Washington, DC

Senator Kyrsten Sinema - (202) 224-4521 Washington, DC

Attorney General Kris Mayes - (602) 542-5025 Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne - The agency offers Grant Applications and Grant Management Support to schools.

Arizona Commission on the Arts - Awarding grants to arts organizations and schools is at the center of the Commission’s service, providing funding opportunities that enable schools, organizations and community groups to carry out projects and to maintain ongoing, high-quality public arts programming.

Department of Economic Security (DES) - Serves more than 2 million Arizonans annually through more than 40 programs that address the social and economic needs of those requiring support. DES serves Arizonans from Phoenix to Tucson, Yuma to Flagstaff and from Douglas to Page.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) - Arizona - Distributes scholarships and manages volunteer activities within the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs. Interested in hosting a few of their participants? Click on the link above and give them a call.

HandsOn Greater Phoenix - Provides recruitment and placement of volunteers from all backgrounds with Phoenix-area nonprofit organizations and schools.

If you’d like to know the names and addresses of other elected officials that represent you and your area, click here to locate them: Arizona Elected Officials.


Other helpful organizations:

Looking for a grant-making organization that knows your community as well as you do? Check this out: The Arizona Community Foundation in Phoenix, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, and their six affiliate foundations provide funding year-round to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions in every county in the state for general operating support (yeah!), programmatic support, capital expenses, and capacity building. Click on the links below to find the community foundation closest to you:

CochiseFlagstaff; Gila ValleySedonaYavapaiYuma 


Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation - Need to train nonprofit staff members, administrators, and Board members? ASU offers workshops, University degree programs and certificate training programs for nonprofit Board members and professionals -- or those hoping to become one. The Center also provides guidance on starting new nonprofit organizations.

Arizona University McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and Eller Social Innovation - Confused by all the changes affecting nonprofit organizations these days? AU’s McGuire Center offers a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate providing participants with the business skills and innovative mindset necessary to lead their organizations through the challenges.

Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Arizona Chapter (AFPGAC) - Designed to support experienced fundraisers, newcomers to the field and everyone in between, AFPGAC offers training workshops, mentoring, webinars, networking, and scholarships to its almost 300 members in Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale, and other Phoenix Metro areas.

Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern AZ Chapter (AFPNAZ) - Provides similar services as AFPGAC to its members in all of Northern Arizona, including Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Kingman, Prescott, Payson, the Hopi Reservation, the Navajo Reservation, Show Low, and the Verde Valley.

Association of Fundraising Professionals Southern Arizona Chapter (AFPSOAZ) - Also affiliated with AFPGAC and AFPNAZ, the core activities of this Chapter are education and training, promoting credentialing, providing resources, networking, mentoring, advocacy, and recognition. Chapter members are from Tucson, Marana, Green Valley, and other Southern Arizona communities.

Fractured Atlas Arizona - Provides Fiscal Sponsorship support to individual artists and arts organizations in the areas of performance, visual arts, literature, design, media, and everything in between. Arizona members include ArtHub Residency Program in Kingman, Black Poet Ventures in Phoenix, Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale, ChamberLab in Tucson, and Summer Youth Musical Theatre Program in Globe.

Mesa United Way - Fights for the health, education, and financial stability for every person in the community. Its Community Allocation Panels (CAP) oversee the annual allocation of funding to eligible non-profit human service agencies in the area.

Navajo United Way - To empower and support Human Care organizations that deliver services to improve the lives of the Navajo Nation and neighboring communities, with a vision of “Giving, Caring and Sharing the Navajo Way.”

United Way of Northern Arizona -  Brings together the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address serious community problems as a team. Funding is provided toselect nonprofit organizations identified by donors and UWNA to support community efforts.

United Way of Pinal County - Is dedicated to changing the conditions that lead to hunger and violence before they occur. UWPC works together with businesses, government, schools, faith groups, the media, individual community members, and nonprofits, because it takes the whole community to get the kind of results they seek. They maintain a strategic focus on the building blocks of a good life - education, financial stability, health, and basic needs.

United Way River Cities - Works diligently to improve the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the Bullhead, Kingman, La Paz, Lake Havasu, Laughlin and Needles communities by mobilizing the best resources, and inspiring individuals to join the fight against each community’s most pressing issues.

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona - Provides funding and volunteer support to nonprofit organizations, schools and community projects working to building stronger neighborhoods. Specific areas of focus include education, financial stability and healthy communities, while addressing basic needs. In addition to Tucson, communities served include Catalina Foothills, Florence, Green Valley, Marana and Sierra Vista.

United Way Valley of the Sun -  Brings together donors, volunteers, and partners to help break the cycle of poverty in Maricopa County by fighting for children, families, and neighborhoods. Cities include Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Sun City, Wickenburg and several other towns and communities.

United Way of Yavapai County - UWYC identifies unmet needs and addresses them by funding programs and networking with our agencies to bring the most positive impact to the greatest number of people throughout its communities.

United Way Yuma County - In addition to its roots as a fundraising organization, UWYC has become a critical community convener that mobilizes local partners, businesses, key community leaders and Yuma County residents to expand opportunities for all people to live a good life. Its new goal is to help 10,000 families break the cycle of poverty by 2025.


New Year's Proposal Writers Resolutions

As the developer, writer and steward of funding proposals, you might consider approaching 2024 with new ideas and new energy for the task. It’s a wonderful/terrible tradition that we make resolutions at this time of year, so why not think about these for your proposal-writing list.

A Classical Approach to Grant Proposals

Before campaign advisors, spin doctors, influencers or ad men, there was the Greek philosopher, Aristotle. His treatise, The Rhetoric, laid out a durable blueprint for creating persuasive arguments and the elements he described are as useful today as they were in 4th century BC Greece. As proposal writers, we sometimes get lost in the weeds of data, logic models, detailed methods and other granular stuff. Preparing persuasive proposals can benefit from reviewing these classical principles.

Logic Models, in Plain English

There comes a time when a proposal needs to include a logic model. Many foundations don’t require one but an increasing number are asking applicants to go beyond objectives and show, in a descriptive chart, the route you plan to take to get to the destination.

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