Grant and Loan Opportunities

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We offer grant and loan opportunities from $100 to $250,000, some in conjunction with other community organizations. Look below to see ways that we can work together to expand opportunities in southern Arizona.

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For Individual and Small Businesses

Building our local food economy means supporting grassroots entrepreneurs who by the nature of their work improve food access, food justice, and food security. Through our partnership with Tucson-based nonprofit, Community Investment Corporation, we are happy to provide low-cost, short-term microloans to local entrepreneurs whose business goals complement the broader mission of the Community Food Bank.

Funding amount: Up to $5,000

Applications accepted any time

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For Nonprofit Organizations

The Agency Capacity-Building Loan provides funding to nonprofit agencies seeking to provide sustainable hunger relief, increase community food security, and improve diet-related community health and wellness. This program operates in partnership with Community Investment Corporation, a local Tucson nonprofit agency. Funding will be restricted to 501(c)(3) organizations located in Arizona, with preference granted to those operating in rural southern Arizona.

For information on this program, contact Brian Quijada, Director of Rural Economic Development for Community Investment Corporation, at (520) 529-1766 x204 or at

Funding amount: Up to $250,000

Applications accepted any time. For requests larger than $250,000, additional funding may be considered in coordination with other funding organizations.

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For Nonprofit Organizations

The purpose of the Community Food Security Grant offers funding for nonprofit organizations seeking to develop long-term solutions to hunger by building a strong and sustainable regional food system. Funding will be restricted to 501(c)(3) organizations located in Arizona, with preference given to those in southern Arizona.

Funding amount: Up to $5,000 individual or $15,000 collaborative

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For questions or more information, please contact our Grant Administrator.

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For Nonprofit, Faith, School, and Tribal Organizations

Partner Capacity-Building Grants provide funding opportunities to partners of the Community Food Bank within three categories: 1) Infrastructure, equipment, maintenence, and technology; 2) Training and development; and 3) Client and community health.

Funding amount: Up to $10,000 individual or $30,000 collaborative 

Purpose: The purpose of Partner Capacity-Building Grants is to support organizations in addressing various aspects of food security and community health. The grant can fund a wide array of projects, including supplies, infrastructure, training, educational projects, pilot projects, evaluation efforts, and more.

The primary goals of Capacity-Building projects are to maintain or increase services, quality, or community engagement for a healthy, hunger-free community. Capacity-Building projects qualify in 3 different categories:

1. Client and Community Health: These projects focus on improving health and sustainability through individual or community activities. Some examples include client choice models; community focus groups or evaluation; community-building activities; health-related pilot projects; policy, advocacy, or civic engagement; promoting sustainability or self-reliance; activities related to physical, mental, environmental, social, and economic well-being.

2. Infrastructure, Equipment, Maintenance, and Technology: These projects focus on the repair or purchase of items that support food security and community health. Some examples include building, vehicle, or land improvements; warehouse, kitchen, or food production equipment; shelving, gardening, or other supplies; computers or other technology.

3. Training and Development: These projects focus on educational opportunities for clients, community members, or organizational staff/volunteers. Some examples include conference, workshop, or course fees; educational classes or curriculum development; professional development activities; train-the-trainer models; travel associated with learning opportunities; coalition or cooperative development; evaluation.

While many projects may have components of more than one category, please select the category most related to the project’s goals, or comprising the majority of its proposed budget.

Eligibility: Funding will be restricted to 501c3 non-profit, church, school, and tribal organizations conducting projects in Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, and Santa Cruz Counties, AZ. Proposed projects should be planned to be completed within one year, with the possibility of application for extension if necessary. Priority will be given to organizations who have not received grant funding from CFB within the past 2 years.

Award: The award amounts offered are:

  • Up to $3,000: Less extensive application and reporting process.
  • Up to $10,000: For individual organization applicants.
  • Up to $30,000: For collaborations of 2 or more organizations. Collaborative projects bring together various stakeholders as part of the proposed project, and the proposal must include Letters of Commitment from each collaborating organization. The principal organization must be a 501c3 or church.

Successful requests will address a specific community need, and indicate how the effect of the project will extend beyond the initial investment. One-time expenses for personnel, food, or other consumable supplies will not qualify unless they are part of capacity-building or evaluation that will extend beyond the one year of award. Proposals will be assessed based on individual merit, as well as equitable dispersion of funds based on geography, population served, and project approach. The review committee may decide to fully fund, partially fund, or decline any proposal.

Requirements and Reporting:
Requirements will reflect the nature of the proposed project and project timeline.

  • For proposals $3,000 and under: Upon end of project completion, provide photos and short description of project result.
  • For proposals greater than $3,000: Upon end of grant year, provide brief report of project goals, benefits, challenges, and impact.
  • All awardees are asked to coordinate with CFB for a site visit related to grant-funded project if applicable, and acknowledge CFB funding in project promotion.