Arizona Republic Sponsored Community Thrives Grants Promote Community

Starting June 1, nonprofits working to help struggling Arizonans can apply for grants of up to $100,000 through this year’s A Community Thrives initiative.

The 6-year-old giving program is organized by the Gannett Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Gannett Co., Inc., owner of The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. Nationally, $2 million is expected to be awarded.

Last year, 16 Arizona nonprofits shared more than $330,000 in A Community Thrives grants. Among them is The Be Kind People Project, which received a $10,000 grant to teach students valuable life skills through musical performance, urban dance and spoken word.

“The Be Kind People Project has used every grant dollar from A Community Thrives to provide social, academic, health, emotional well-being and character education to Arizona youth,” said Founder Marcia Meyer. .

“Children have needed extra support – from academics and interpersonal skills, to coping and personal well-being, maintaining healthy habits – during pandemic changes in education and even post-pandemic transitions.”

The largest grant, $25,000, went to Tempe-based Lily’s Pad, which received $20,000 to help build a super-clean play facility for children with autoimmune diseases, cancer and heart defects .

Generally, grants are divided into two categories:

  • National grants of $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000 are awarded for specific projects with the theme of community building. These are decided by the Gannett Foundation National Board of Trustees.
  • Local Operating Grants can be used for specific projects or for operating costs In Phoenix, Local Operating Grant applications will be reviewed by some of the same dedicated Republic employees who review Season for Sharing grant applications each year. . A distinction between the two grant programs: crowdfunding. For final consideration, A Community Thrives asks nonprofits to do independent crowdfunding.

A Thriving Community 2022

Chronology:

  • June 1-30 — Application period.
  • July 18-August. 12 — Crowdfunding by qualified associations.
  • The grants will be announced on October 5.

Nonprofits can find more details on A Community Thrivs and, starting June 1, apply at: gannettfoundation.org/act.