Phoenix Grants Available in the Valley of the Sun

| December 5, 2013 | 2 Comments

Phoenix GrantsThe fast growing City of Phoenix is now the nation’s 6th largest metro with almost 1.5 million residents. As you would probably expect, a great deal of grants are available to support local efforts. These Phoenix grants are provided by the city itself, area businesses, religious groups and even by the local zoo. For the most part, these grants are only offered to area non-profit organizations as is the case with most local grants. If you’re involved with a Phoenix non-profit, check out these sources for grants that are right under your nose. Funding is available for work with underserved populations, children, religious causes, arts and culture and even conservation efforts. If your community organization is based in Phoenix, there is most likely something here to apply for.

Catholic Community Foundation
A group of clergy and laymen from the Diocese of Phoenix founded this religious foundation in 1983 led by local Bishop Thomas O’Brien. Twenty years later in 2003, the foundation became its own separate non-profit organization as it continues to operate to this day. It’s main focus is to support charitable work inside Arizona. In addition, it awards around a half million in scholarships each year. Since this is a faith-based organization, it looks to fund work that is in line with the organization’s principles and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Funding is available for groups that work with youth, education, the poor and religious causes. Every fall, the foundation hosts several grant workshops for local non-profit organizations looking to apply for funding. The annual deadline for the competitive grants program is January 15. If you have any questions about this local grant program, call Pam Hammond at 602-354-2407.

City of Phoenix Neighborhood Grants
The city’s Neighborhood Services Department administers federal funding derived from the Community Development Block Grant program. This federal money is used in a number of ways to improve the neighborhoods of Phoenix. Grants are available yearly for public services, public facilities, neighborhood improvement, housing projects, housing counseling services, small business assistance, economic development, work with the homeless and more. For a full list of neighborhood grants available from the City of Phoenix and to view current grant deadlines and guidelines, visit the website. For more information contact the Grants Administration office by calling 602-256-3378 or by sending an email to

City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Grants
In addition to neighborhood grants, the City of Phoenix also offers grant funding to local non-profit organizations involved in the arts for a number of uses. This funding is available for several levels of operating support, facility rentals, festival projects and art education programming. Operating support grants are issued over three categories based on each organization’s annual operating budget. Categories for those with as little as $25,000 to as much as $2.5 million are available. For more information about the types of art grants offered by the City of Phoenix, visit the link above and check each specific grant for information on how to apply.

Phoenix Suns
Phoenix’s professional basketball franchise supports the work of local non-profit organizations through its own foundation Phoenix Suns Charities. Grants generally range in size from $1,000 to $10,000 and are offered for local work with children and families. Applications are submitted through an online process with an annual deadline of May 15. Applications are then reviewed over the Summer months with grant funding issued in October. In addition to these smaller program grants, the foundation also offers a yearly $100,000 grant called the Playmaker Award. This funding can be used for capital projects, programs or a mix of both. All organizations applying for the smaller program grants are considered for this once a year award with the same application process and deadline.

Phoenix Zoo Conservation and Science Grants
The Phoenix Zoo offers small grants of up to $3,000 each through its Conservation and Science Grants program. This funding is to be used as seed money for local start-up conservation efforts. Grant funding can not be used to pay for operating expenses, tuition, salaries or travel. Priority is given to proposals that offer realistic and measurable conservation efforts that highly involve the local community. Applications are accepted annually between November 1 and December 1. And funding must be used within one year. For more information, call the Phoenix Zoo at 602-273-1341.

Wal-Mart State Giving Program
The number one big box retailer offers a fairly extensive amount of support nationwide through its State Giving Program including a large bit of help inside Arizona. In one recent grant cycle, well over $600,000 was given by Wal-Mart to area non-profits. Grants issued by the program range in size from $25,000 to $250,000 for each non-profit organization selected. And applications are handled twice a year through two grant cycles. These run from January to March and from June to August. Applications are accepted online. For more information, click the link above to visit the Wal-Mart Foundation website.

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  1. Pamala Michael says:

    I just applied to the Catholic Community Foundation’s Competitive Grants Program. Thank you for the information.

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