The annual competitive grants process for the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona will provide financial support to worthy projects and programs serving residents of Sedona and the Verde Valley. The online grant application is now open at azfoundation.org/grants. Completed applications must be submitted before 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to be considered.
Nonprofit organizations, public schools, municipalities and Tribal entities are invited to apply for funding to support projects and programs serving local communities. The Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona accepts funding requests in amounts ranging from $500 to $10,000. Grant funding may be awarded in interest areas including healthcare, arts and culture, environment and sustainability, animal welfare, social services, children’s programs, seniors and individuals with disabilities, community improvement, and diversity education and training. Projects must provide services within Sedona and the Verde Valley. Click here to download the 2017 ACF of Sedona Grant Guidelines [PDF, 572KB].
Last year, the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona awarded more than $181,000 in grants through its competitive grants cycle—plus an additional $100,000 in challenge grants—for a total of over $281,000 awarded to 45 nonprofit organizations serving residents of Sedona and the Verde Valley.
Local staff are available to answer questions and assist nonprofit organizations in the application process. If you have questions about the competitive grants process for the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona, contact Regional Philanthropic Advisor Tracey McConnell at 928.399.7218 or TMcConnell@azfoundation.org. For assistance in completing your application, contact the Arizona Community Foundation’s grants management team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first ever Cash for College scholarship awareness night in Clarkdale brought together 31 scholarship providers and more than 150 high school students and returning college students from Sedona and the Verde Valley to learn about scholarship opportunities. The event, hosted by the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona in partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and sponsored by Yavapai College, is part of an ongoing effort to increase awareness about financial support for higher education available to local students.
“There’s not much we can do to reduce the cost of higher education,” said Carol Chamberlain, Regional Director of ACF of Yavapai County. “But we can show students how to make higher education more accessible through financial aid. That’s why we introduced Cash for College last year in Prescott, and continue to highlight local scholarships and expand our reach through the addition of a second scholarship awareness night this year with our partners at ACF of Sedona.”
The event was organized much like an activity fair. Students and families explored different scholarship opportunities, met with representatives of the organizations offering scholarships, and learned about application deadlines and requirements.
“What I loved about this year’s event was the diversity of opportunities it brought to students’ attention,” said Chamberlain. “Many people think you either have to have straight A’s or a compelling financial need, but students’ interests and community involvement can be just as valuable in making them eligible for scholarship opportunities.”
Organizations presenting at Cash for College included the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation seeking to support students aspiring to obtain a degree in nursing, the Sedona Arts Festival seeking to support students planning to pursue a degree in the arts, as well as a number of scholarships open to students with a history of community involvement, pursuing vocational studies and many other unique opportunities.
The Arizona Community Foundation was also present, sharing information about scholarship opportunities available to students in Sedona and the Verde Valley and the organization’s unique online application portal that automatically matches students with more than 150 scholarships for which they qualify. ACF is the largest private provider of scholarships in the state and the application portal will open on January 1, 2017.
Many of the scholarship opportunities presented at Cash for College have their application deadlines in the early spring. To receive a digital copy of the local scholarship directory provided at the event, contact Tracey McConnell at TMcConnell@azfoundation.org and include “Scholarship Directory” in the subject line.
The Mouth Project, a touring play developed by Red Earth Theatre has been named the winning project in the Healthly Challenge. After three nonprofit presentations and deliberation by five expert panelists, Bill Cammock, Board of Advisors Chair of the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona, made the announcement of the Healthy Challenge grant—the largest grant ever awarded by ACF of Sedona.
Equally funded by ACF of Sedona, Northern Arizona Healthcare, and Delta Dental Foundation of Arizona, the $75,000 Healthy Challenge grant was created with the goal of improving overall health in Sedona and the Verde Valley by focusing on oral health and its systemic impact.
The Mouth Project will be produced and tour with scripts to be made available both in English and Spanish. It is a collaboration of several creative Sedona locals. Kate Hawkes, Executive Director of Red Earth Theatre, leads the project. The team includes former Disney writer Dev Ross, registered dental hygienist Mei Wei Wong, video producer and cameraman Angelo LeMarco, high school Spanish teacher Sarah Reynolds, and audio/photography/lighting/special effects expert Dexx Negron.
Script development will begin this summer with production getting underway in the fall. Stay tuned for the Mouth Project, coming to a stage, school, or computer near you.
If you are engaged in our community or the work of area nonprofit organizations, mark September 29 on your calendar! You will want to be in attendance at the 16th Annual Spirit of Sedona event, presented by the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona.
More than 40 area nonprofits who have received grants this year for their work in the community will be recognized.
One nonprofit, the Sedona Historical Society, will be honored as the Nonprofit Organization of the Year. Perhaps best known for operating the Sedona Heritage Museum, the historical society welcomes more than 10,000 visitors annually at events and exhibitions that focus on historical aspects of life in Sedona and Oak Creek.
The recipient of the Philanthropist of the Year Award is Barbara Vickers, who created the Sedona Wish List as her personal, charitable, part-time, retirement project.
Inspired by the rugged beauty of red rock country, Pink Jeep Tours began offering their off-road and more formal tours in and around Sedona in 1960. Well known in tourism, their quiet philanthropy and involvement in the community may be less well known. Deservedly, Pink Jeep Tours will be honored as the Business Benefactor of the Year.
This year’s Volunteer of the Year is Doug Copp, a long-time resident known for his quiet efforts to make this a better place to live. Lauded by his nominator, Doug is said to have his imprint on “essentially anything and everything that is associated with bicycles in Sedona.”
Having been awarded only twice before, the Community Collaborator Award goes this year to the Sedona Public Library. Far more than a place to read magazines and check out books, the Sedona Public Library collaborates with so many area nonprofits that listing them all would be impossible.
Our final award this year is also not always given. However, when there is a force of nature like Millicent “Mille” Leenhouts, the Lifetime Achievement Award is a solid fit. A longtime resident, Millicent moved here with her husband Tom when he moved his ophthalmology practice to Sedona. Their mutual love of the arts has kept her involved with the Sinfonietta, Chamber Music Sedona and many, many other nonprofit organizations. She is especially pleased with her work as a board member for the Benefactors of the Red Rock State Park. Additionally, she was a founding member of the advisory board for this ACF affiliate.
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