With more and more organizations seeking external funds to keep their activities moving forward, personnel at the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) of Yavapai County have a dauting task ahead in the next few weeks.
They must decide from among dozens of applications from throughout the county who will get how much during the forthcoming grant cycle.
Carol Chamberlain, regional director for the ACF, said more than 120 applications were submitted in 2019, and collectively requested almost $1.4 million in grant funds. Of the 120 applications, 68 were approved last year for a cumulative $$469,809 in grants awarded.
She said in 2020, she hopes to award almost $500,000 as grants.
Those decisions will be announced publicly during the annual “Joy of Giving” event on Aug.14 at the Prescott Resort, Chamberlain said.
Lisa Sahady, ACF regional philanthrop0ic adviser, said the application period for 2020 grants had closed Feb.21. ACF personnel are now reviewing applications. Among funding categories for which grants have been submitted as the following: children’s visual fund, healthcare, animal friends, environment, music and art, children’s fund, social services and unrestricted.
She noted that applications came from communities and organizations from throughout the county. Sahady said the funding range to support grants ranges from $1,000 to $20,000.
She concluded, “It is only because of the generosity of persons from throughout Yavapai County, coupled with the power of endowment, that the ACF in our county can support so many deserving organizations. We are confident that 2020 is going to be a good year.”
For more information about the Arizona Community Foundation in Yavapai County, go to azfoundation.org/Yavapai.