2017-2018 Grantees

Alliance Fund Board Members
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BICAS project provides safe, supportive and non-patriachal space to work on bikes and to build community and discussion opportunities for those who identify as women, trans and femme. Funding by Sylvia Mulka Award and Alliance Fund Donors..
BBBS  Project is focused on a review of current practices, staff knowledge, and procedures and the provision of training for staff and mentors and modification of procedures to increase quality of services to LGBTQ youth.  Funding by Alliance Fund donors.
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation’s Extension of long-time support by the Alliance Fund for the EON youth lounge and the many support services provided there to LGBTQ youth, straight allied youth, and youth of color by its host SAAF.  The move to the Center on 4th Avenue is fulfillment of a long-time community goal and is made possible by a SAAF-led funding campaign that allowed purchase and staffing of the Center.  Funding by Noel Matkin-Jim Sincox Tribute Endowment Award.
This special allocation contributes funds to a PFLAG program that seeks to provide a minimum of eight $1000 scholarships to LGBTQ students with financial need and special talent who reside in southern Arizona.
The Tucson Jewish Community Center will present four LGBT themed films that promotes cultural diversity, encourages community conversations and embraces the full range of Jewish experience, including issues affecting LGBT individuals. Funded by Alliance Fund donors.
The UA Museum of Art‘Program grew out of a collaboration between the University of Arizona Art Museum and SAAF’s Project ALLY (Arizona Life Links for Youth—an anti-suicide project).  It features a 10-week program of museum and art-making activities as well as a public exhibition of art—all centered on validating LGBTQ identities, gender diversity, and self-worth.   Funding from Alliance Fund donors.
 This year’s second Alliance Fund grant for general operating support to Southern Arizona Senior Pride  The organization has a strong record of celebrating, supporting, and uniting LGBTQ seniors through creation of volunteer, social, advocacy, and educational opportunities and events.  Its community forums have informed and entertained the entire Southern Arizona LGBTQ community.  Funding from the Miki Odawa Award and the Roger Funk-Doug Noffsinger Award.
El Rio Foundation An extension of local participation in an ongoing national effort to transform the quality of primary care for LGBTQ people.  Last year’s learning and best practices are provided to patients, health care providers, and community stakeholders via one-on-one training and community workshops.  Funded by Alliance Fund donors.
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance: The Alliance Fund sometimes provides general operating support to organizations whose mission, strategy and track record demonstrate the wisdom of such an investment.  SAGA has a 20-year history of achievement in pursuing its vision of fairness, safety, and inclusion for transgender individuals through a strategy involving support, education, and advocacy, and has been a full participant in building and supporting the Southern Arizona LGBTQ community.  Funding from the Sylvia Mulka Award and by Alliance Fund donors.
Pima Council on Aging gives cultural competency training on elder LGBT issues to long-term care providers, including staff at nursing homes, assisted living, home health and other agencies serving older adults. Funding from the Gloria Devore-Marge Sloan Award and by Alliance Fund Donors.
Camp Born This Way is a camp for gender creative and transgender youth and their families of all races, ethnicities, and economic levels that include support groups and full-family activities. Funding by Alliance Fund Donors.
Program involves a partnership between Mariposas Sin Fronteras and Border Links that bridges the divide between LGBTQ immigrants held in detention centers and the public through visitation and letter writing.  Funding from the Roger Funk-Doug Noffisinger Award and the Miki Odawa Award.

Past Grants


  • 2001: Twelve grants were awarded for a total of $99,525.
  • 2002: Twelve grants were awarded for a total of $81,500.*
  • 2003: Ten grants were awarded for a total of $50,000.*
  • 2004: No grants were awarded.
  • 2005: Eight grants were awarded for a total of $24,040.
  • 2006: Seven grants were awarded for a total of $24,265.
  • 2007: Eight grants were awarded for a total of $25,725.
  • 2008: Fifteen grants were awarded for a total of $41,308.
  • 2009: Eleven grants were awarded for a total of $30,000.
  • 2010: Seven grants were awarded for a total of $28,600.
  • 2011: Fifteen grants including six Queer youth Initiative Grants for a total of $43,300.
  • 2012: Fifteen grants including six Queer youth Initiative Grants for a total of $42,000.**
  • 2013: Sixteen grants including eight Queer Youth Initiative Grants for a total of $48,500.**
  • 2014: Fifteen grants will be awarded for a total of $56,000.
  • 2015-16: Fifteen grants will be awarded for a total of $52,500.
  • 2016-17: Fifteen grants will be awarded for a total of $53,200.
  • 2017-18: Thirteen grants were awarded for a total of $52,835

*Included $50,000 in matching funds from the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership
**Co-funded by matching dollars from the Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Past Grantees Have Included:

  • ACLU of Arizona
  • American Red Cross, Southern Arizona chapter
  • Arizona Children’s Association Safe Streets (Devore-Sloan and Leos Awards winner)
  • The Arizona Human Rights Fund
  • Arizona Theater Company
  • Arizona OnStage Productions
  • Beowulf Alley Theatre Company
  • Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage (BICAS)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson
  • Bisbee Coalition for the Homeless
  • Bisbee Pride Celebration
  • Bisbee Women’s Transition Project, Inc.
  • Borderlands Theater
  • Casa Libre en la Solana (Devore-Sloan and Leos Awards winner)
  • Camp Born This Way
  • Central School Project/Bisbee Pride
  • CODAC City of Tucson Commission on LGBT Issues
  • Ethica LGBT Adoptions (Matkin-Sincox Award Winner)
  • El Rio Community Health Center
  • Family Counseling Agency
  • Jewish Community Center (Matkin-Sincox Award Winner)
  • LGBT Alliance/Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
  • Habitat for Humanity: Tucson (Matkin-Sincox Award Winner)
  • HOPE Inc.
  • Kore Press
  • KXCI Radio
  • LGBTQ Behavioral Health Coalition (Matkin-Sincox Award Winner)
  • La Frontera Center
  • Lesbian Cancer and Health Program
  • Loft Cinema
  • Mariposas Sin Fronteras
  • New ARTiculations Dance Theatre
  • Open Inn, Inc.
  • Our Family Services
  • OUR TOWN Family Center
  • Pan Left Productions
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. (PFLAG)
  • Pima Community Access Program
  • Pima Council on Aging (PCOA)
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona
  • Pride Family of Cochise County
  • Reveille Men’s Chorus
  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) (Devore-Sloan and Leos Awards winner)
  • Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault
  • Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA)
  • Southern Arizona Senior Pride
  • TGNet Arizona
  • Tucson Centers for Women and Children
  • Tucson Jewish Community Center
  • Tucson Metropolitan Community Chorus/Desert Voices
  • University of Arizona Foundation: Institute for LGBT Studies
  • University of Arizona Foundation: Office of LGBTQ Affairs (Devore-Sloan and Leos Awards winner)
  • University of Arizona Museum of Art
  • Voices (Matkin-Sincox Award Winner)
  • Wingspan, Inc. (Devore-Sloan Award winner)
  • YWCA
  • Zuzi Move-it Dance Company