Alliance Fund Announces 2019-2020 Grant Round-Now OPEN

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Alliance Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, is now accepting proposals for its 2019-2020 grant round from nonprofit organizations in southern Arizona. 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 application deadline is February 21, 2020. 

Application Information and Guidelines

Applications should be submitted through Common Grant Application, a web-based platform for online grantmaking. Only one application per agency will be accepted. However, if you are a fiscal agent for an organization, these applications will be considered separately.

The LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund makes grants in the following areas:

  • LGBTQ Community Building and Collaborations
  • Transgender Issues
  • Youth and Elder Issues
  • General Operating Support(Organizations whose mission/work is to primarily support the LGBTQ Community in Southern Arizona)

All applications 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 (you should have an account. Login at: Click Here

Grant Info Session to help potential grantees complete the form will be held on January 22, 2020, at the Community Foundation Campus. For more information and to RSVP contact Laci Lester at 

Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s CF Campus.
5049 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, Arizona 85711

After the workshop, a copy of the presentation will be uploaded here.


The mission of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & Straight (LGBTQ+) Alliance Fund is to foster charitable giving in support of innovative programs and initiatives that benefit the LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ community by expanding funding opportunities and resources for organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community in Southern Arizona, including Sierra Vista, Yuma, Tucson, and rural Southern Arizona.  Their belief in us was not misplaced: over the last 20 years, thanks to the generosity of our donors, a total of $809,597 has been distributed to support over 168 projects.

CFSA is the umbrella 501c3 for the LGBTQ+ 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 4, 2019            Application open
February 19, 2019          How to apply workshop at 3:00-5:00 pm
March 22, 2019              Application due
May 2-10, 2019               Site visits or interviews
Week of June 10th         Notification of award

Application Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements

The LGBTQ+ 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 Laci Lester at 520-770-0800 Ext. 7128 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.