The Arizona Community Foundation has announced grants and scholarship distributions totaling more than $19.3 million during the first quarter of its fiscal year, which ended June 30.
Awarded by the foundation and its statewide affiliates in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, and Yuma, discretionary and donor-advised grants and scholarships totaling $18,295,148 were awarded in five strategic priority areas, including $5.8 million to 624 organizations working in the areas of health, health care, medical research, medical research, and human services; $2.4 million to 169 programs in the area of community improvement; $1.16 million to 112 organizations and programs in the areas of environmental education, renewable resources, conservation, and animal welfare; $926,356 to 127 arts and culture organizations; and $6.5 million in scholarships and education-related grants. In addition, college scholarships totaling $333,770 were awarded to 182 students, while $1.4 million was awarded through the foundation's school tuition organization to help support nearly five hundred low-income, displaced, or disabled K-12 students.
ACF also will award a loan of $1.05 million to the Phoenix Art Museum through its community impact loan program. Funded through a partnership with Dignity Health and the Phoenix Community Development & Investment Corporation, the loan will be used to fund an expansion of the museum's vault and storage capabilities — critical upgrades that are out of the public eye and typically generate little interest among donors.