The We Are One | Somos Uno CARES Act Continuity Grants program was created by the mayor and council of Tucson to help small businesses, workers and families, and nonprofits with additional expenses stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.
In March 2020, funding was made available to the City of Tucson under section 601(a) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act). The CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and appropriated $150 billion to distribute to states and certain local governments; the District of Columbia; U.S. territories; and tribal governments.
The City of Tucson has selected the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to administer a portion of this funding to support local nonprofits via continuity grants. The Women’s Foundation for Southern Arizona has been selected to administer grants to support workers and families, and the YWCA of Southern Arizona has been selected to administer grants to small businesses.
To that end, the program will provide one-time grants to nonprofit organizations up to $20,000 per organization. Applications will be reviewed and, if accepted, processed within a week of award notification.
Based on the charitable structure of CFSA, grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The foundation is not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or (c)(4), (c)(5) or (c)(6) organizations. (Individuals and businesses seeking support should contact the Women’s Foundation for Southern Arizona or the YWCA.)
Organizations applying for a grant should 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.
CFSA honors the rich diversity of our community and promotes equal opportunities for all people. Awards made by CFSA's 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, religion, gender or gender identity (including gender non-conformity and status as a transgender individual), gender expression, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, familial status, socioeconomic status (economic circumstances), color, creed, sex (including pregnancy), phases of parenthood, national origin, marital status, veteran status (past, current or prospective service in the armed forces), genetic information, physical characteristics or appearance, mental or physical disability, or any other status prohibited by applicable law.
Grant applications will be accepted starting July 31. Deadline to submit an application is August 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm.