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The Community Food Bank offers grant and loan opportunities from $100 to $250,000 to small businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations in southern Arizona.

Grants and loans provide funding so that you can broaden your impact and be part of a collective effort to build a healthy, hunger-free community. We’re excited to invest in the people, organizations, and communities who are doing this work.

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Health and Food Entrepreneur Microloan

For Individuals and Small Businesses

A joint program with Community Investment Corporation (CIC), this program offers low interest loans (3-5% interest rate) to entrepreneurs looking to grow their health or food-related business.

Funding amount: Up to $5,000
Applications accepted any time

Agency Capacity-Building Loan

For Nonprofit Organizations

In partnership with Community Investment Corporation (CIC), this program offers low interest loans (4-10% interest rate) to nonprofits seeking to provide sustainable hunger relief, increase community food security, and improve community health.

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.

Thriving Communities Grant

For Nonprofit, Faith, School, and Tribal Organizations, Collectives, and Mutual Aid Groups

The purpose of Partner Capacity-Building Grants is to support organizations, collectives, and mutual aid groups 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.

2021 Thriving Communities Grant Recipients

Purpose

Purpose

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.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Funding is open to organizations and groups conducting projects in Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, and Santa Cruz Counties, AZ that are either a.) 501c3 non-profit, church, school, mutual aid, collective, and tribal organizations or b.) Organizations, mutual aid groups, collectives, and tribal organizations without an EIN/tax ID # with a fiscal sponsor organization. If an applicant group does not have an EIN/tax ID # or existing fiscal sponsor, they may apply for the Community Food Bank (CFB) to be a fiscal sponsor. Proposed projects should be planned to be completed within one year, with the possibility of application for an extension if necessary.

Award

The award amounts offered are:

  • Up to $5,000: Less extensive application and reporting process.
  • Up to $20,000: For individual organization applicants.
  • Up to $60,000: 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.

Requirements and Reporting

Requirements and Reporting

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

  • For proposals $5,000 and under: Upon end of project completion, provide photos and short description of project result.
  • For proposals greater than $5,000: 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.

Questions about funding opportunities or need help logging into our grants system? Contact our team!