LGBT&S Alliance Fund  Grant Round for 2017, now closed.

The 2017 Grant Round is now closed. The 2018 grant round will open in January or February 2018.

Below are the guideline and application process for 2017-2018 to reference.

All application must be submitted through an online process with Common Grant Application.

To begin, view the video first: Click Here

-First-time users of Common Grant Application register at: Click Here

-If you have already applied for a grant using Common Grant Application (for example: through the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona or the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s Poverty Grant Round 2015) you should have an account.Login at: Click Here

LGBT&S Alliance Fund Handy Hints 2017-18

A grant writing workshop will be held on March 3, 2017 at 10:00am-noon at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. You must RSVP to to attend. Poweroint will up uploaded after March 3rd.

If you missed the workshop you can download  2017-18 Grant Workshop Presentation

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight (LGBT&S) Alliance Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, is accepting proposals for its 2016-2017 grant round from nonprofit organizations. Proposals must fall within established guidelines, funding priority areas and are limited to a maximum of $5,000. However, in rare instances, when an organization is able to amply demonstrate that their agency or programs will have an extraordinary impact on the LGBTQ community, the Alliance Fund may consider awarding grants up to $10,000.


The mission of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & Straight (LGBT&S) Alliance Fund is to foster charitable giving in support of innovative programs and initiatives that benefit the LGBT community in Southern Arizona.  Our donors, board and staff envision a diverse and caring community where philanthropy meets the needs of all its members.

In 2000, members of the LGBT community in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) applied for and received a grant from the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership to establish the Alliance Fund.  The National Partnership was interested in addressing the chronic pattern of under-funding for programs that benefit the LGBT community by expanding funding opportunities and resources for organizations serving the LGBT community in Southern Arizona, including Sierra Vista, Yuma, Tucson and rural Southern Arizona.  Their belief in us was not misplaced: over the last 16 years, thanks to the generosity of our donors, a total of $640,000 has been distributed to support over 162 projects.

CFSA is the umbrella 501c3 for the LGBT&S Alliance Fund. Established in 1980, CFSA provides expertise and skilled guidance to help donors give back in ways that are aligned with their charitable and financial goals. Donors establish charitable funds that join hundreds of other funds under one organizational roof and every year, a portion of each fund is used to make grants, scholarships and awards in accordance with each donor’s interests. The Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever.

February 1, 2017-Application open
March 3, 2017-Grant writing workshop
March 24, 2017-Application due
May 8, 9, 10, 2017-Site visits or interviews
Week of May 29th-Notification emails go out
June 27, 2017-Awards ceremony, location TBD
July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018-Grant period

Application Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements

The LGBT&S Alliance Fund will consider applications for programs that fall into at least one or more of the following areas of interest. Special consideration will be given to programs that: incorporate collaboration between two or more organizations; clearly articulate measurable outcomes; can provide a clear description of plans to sustain the project beyond the grant year.

1) LGBTQ Community Building and Collaborations

  • Projects that bring the LGBTQ community together and enhance it as a whole
  • Programs that work in collaboration with each other to benefit the LGBTQ community in southern Arizona
  • Work that creates equity, solidarity, increases the well-being of LGBTQ communities, and advances gender, racial, and economic justice

2) Transgender Issues

  • Projects that provide information and assistance to help transgender individuals gain access to informed medical professionals.
  • Projects that provide economic empowerment, education and training programs to/or regarding the transgender community.

3) Youth and Elder Issues

  • Projects that aid LGBTQ elders in finding satisfactory basic support (housing, nutrition, health), in establishing good social networks, and in planning for the future (estate and end-of-life issues)
  • Projects that aid LGBTQ youth who are particularly disenfranchised, e.g., youth of color, rural youth, low-income youth, gender non-conforming or questioning youth, young women, and other youth in need of assistance in the areas of homelessness, education, human service, and safety

4) General Operating Support

  • Organizations whose mission/work is to primarily support the LGBTQ Community in Southern Arizona may apply for general operating support.

Other eligibility requirements:

  • One of our guiding principles is to honor the rich diversity of our community and to promote equal opportunities for all people. Awards made by the Foundation’s various grant panels support organizations that do not discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities or delivery of programs and services on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, marital status, familial status, economic circumstances and/or veteran status.
  • The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing, conducting charitable work in Southern Arizona. Grassroots groups that have identified a 501(c)(3) that will act as the fiscal agent may be eligible to apply. Please contact Kelly Huber at 520-209-2858 or to determine if you are eligible.
  • The applicant must have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support, and local program management and accountability. In the case of nationally-sponsored organizations, no portion of the grant can be used to support the national, state or regional entity.
  • The proposed program must directly benefit the people living in Southern Arizona.
  • Grants are not made to individuals, for profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, agency endowments, individual schools or for sectarian purposes.
  • The upper limit for grants from the Alliance Fund is generally $5000. Agencies are advised to stay within this $5000 limit when submitting an application. However, in rare instances, when an organization is able to amply demonstrate that their agency or programs will have an extraordinary impact on the LGBTQ community, the Alliance Fund may consider awarding grants up to $10,000.