The African American Legacy Fund (AALF), a fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, envisions a thriving community where people and resources converge to support the prosperity of all of its children, youth and families, today and in the future.
Their mission is to improve the quality of life of African Americans living in Southern Arizona by promoting philanthropy and strengthening the community through collaboration. Their core values are: Integrity, Empowerment, Community, Diversity and Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity.
AALF is working to improve the quality of life in Southern Arizona by:
- Strengthening relationship and fostering collaboration among community members, donors, and organizations serving the African American Community
- Enhancing the capacity of organizations that are working to improve the African American Community
- Encouraging greater giving from and to the African American Community
- Funding innovative, collaborative programs that improve the quality of life for Southern Arizonans of African heritage.
- Education: Holistic Approaches to Supporting and Improving Educational Outcomes
- Their grant making focuses on nonprofit organizations serving the African American community here in Southern Arizona. They invite applications from organizations with holistic and innovative approaches to support and improve educational outcomes within the African American community.
- Proposals must fall within established guidelines and funding priorities, and are limited to a maximum of $10,000 per application.
- Requirements Specific to the African American Legacy Fund
- A minimum of one Board Member on the organization’s board must identify as African American. PLEASE NOTE: If there is only one board member that identifies as African American that board member can NOT be a member of the AALF Advisory Board.
- The proposed program must directly benefit the African Americans living in Southern Arizona. The majority of program participants must identify as Black or African American.
- Basic Eligibility Requirements
- 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.
- 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.
- Maximum grant request is $10,000. Requests made for more than this amount will not be considered.
- Only one application can be submitted by any agency.
- Grants are generally not made to individuals, for profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, agency endowments, individual schools or for sectarian purposes.
- The grant period is one year in duration. An agency cannot apply for funding until all reports required for previous awards have been received.
- One of their guiding principles is to honor the rich diversity of their 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 race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, marital status, familial status, gender identity, economic circumstances and/or veteran status.
For more information, visit https://cfsaz.org/grants/african-american-legacy-fund/