Stress from Arizona's affordable housing crisis affects our community at so many levels— even more so if you're struggling to escape homelessness, feed a family or pay back-to-school expenses.
Imagine wanting to escape a violent domestic situation and not being able to afford sky-high rents.
Season for Sharing can help. Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, Arizona nonprofits can apply for 2022-23 grants. The deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. (NOTE: The original 5 p.m. cutoff has been changed to 4 p.m. in case of any last-minute technical issues.)
This year, the grant review committee will give extra consideration to applications aimed at affordable housing relief.
Since Season for Sharing launched in 1993, the Arizona Republic-sponsored initiative has raised and given away almost $72 million to organizations around the state that help teachers and students, older adults and struggling children and families. Last year, Season for Sharing distributed $1.8 million to 164 charities.
To apply, an organization must have an online profile with the Arizona Community Foundation. To create or access profiles and apply, go to azfoundation.org and click on "Grantee Login."
Applications are given an initial screening by the Arizona Community Foundation before being presented to a grant review committee made up of employees of The Republic, the Community Foundation and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
Donations are accepted year-round, but the most focused period of fundraising will be mid-November through Jan. 31, 2023. Grant recipients will be notified by April 1.
Grants are funded with donations from subscribers to azcentral and The Republic, plus matching funds from the Pulliam Trust. Businesses that are interested in sponsoring Season for Sharing or supporting the campaign in any way should contact The Republic's Stacy Sullivan at email@example.com or 602-444-8749.
Here are some guidelines for those considering applying for a Season for Sharing grant:
Children and families
Grants in this category will:
Help with emergency short-term shelter and long-term affordable housing.
Help prevent child abuse, find permanent placements and provide support for children in the foster care system.
Help with emergency shelter, housing, counseling and other services for domestic violence victims.
Solve short-term emergency needs, including personal care or hygiene items, clothing, rental or utility assistance or disaster relief.
Help with job training, and support underemployed youth and adults.
Offer free or low-cost food, including food banks and kids' meal programs.
Arts and education
Arts and education grants will support programs that:
Enhance K-12 curriculum, including tutors and academic after-school programs.
Provide back-to-school clothing, supplies and food programs.
Ensure that students graduate from high school prepared for college or work.
Support adult and family literacy programs.
Promote arts and culture education.
Grants in this category will support programs and services for the elderly, including supportive services, assisted living services, Alzheimer’s disease support, access to free or low-cost in-home or congregate meal programs, nutrition assistance and recreational services.
If asking for an amount larger than last year, the increase must not be more than 50% higher. First-year grants will be no more than $7,500. And no grant requests for less than $7,500 will be considered.
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Priority is given to agencies that serve low-income and underserved families and children.
Primary geographic focus areas are Maricopa and Pinal counties, and all grants must be for programs in the state of Arizona.
The agency must be providing services in Arizona for a minimum of three years and, as a rule, have a minimum operating budget of $300,000 (can include in-kind support and must be reflected in profile budget or latest 990).
The agency must not request more than 5% of the total annual operating budget (including in-kind donations), and no more than 10% of total contributed annual income (excluding in-kind donations).
The agency must be receiving income for proposed projects from multiple sources; Season for Sharing cannot be the only source of funding.
Apply for one category only.
Programs that primarily support a specific disease, disability, illness or addiction and with a mission of funding medical or scientific research.
Agencies that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
Religious organizations, churches and programs that are purely denominational in purpose.
Sports teams or sporting programs that are primarily recreational in purpose.
Schools, including charter schools.
Camps or other summer programs (which are supported separately through the Summer Youth Program Fund).
Projects that solely pay salaries or for capital projects.
There is no guarantee of funding. Grants are competitive and funding varies based on fundraising success. Also:
Agencies should not request an increase larger than 50% higher than the most recent grant.
Traditionally, pilot programs are not funded.
Requests that can show measurable results and outcomes are more likely to be funded.
How to apply
Season for Sharing grants are submitted through the Arizona Community Foundation grants portal. Season for Sharing is a collaborative fund of the Arizona Community Foundation (nonprofit tax ID# 86-0348306).
For assistance or questions about Season for Sharing, regarding the online application, contact ACF's Competitive Grants Management Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-381-1400. For guidance about The Republic's Season for Sharing initiative, contact community relations director Stacy Sullivan at 602-444-8749 or email@example.com.
Do not wait until the deadline date to apply.
During the last week of any grant cycle’s duration, access to ACF technical support will be limited.
Prepare the application offline in a text editor such as Microsoft Word to ensure a duplicate exists.
Update your browser. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. Avoid Internet Explorer.
Be sure to update and complete the entire profile before submitting your proposal.
The word count for narrative responses is limited, but you do not have to use all of the words. Only provide information that is pertinent.
Review applications for spelling and grammar errors.
Check for an email notification indicating that your application has been submitted.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona nonprofits can now apply for 2022-23 Season for Sharing grants