Human services-centered nonprofit organizations across Maricopa County are getting a financial boost thanks to a new investment approved by the Board of Supervisors. The Board approved nearly $14 million in grants to 82 nonprofits (listed below) serving residents throughout the region. The organizations receiving money are trusted community partners who provide a wide variety of social services that help kids, at-risk adults, individuals with special needs, and seniors with food, shelter, clothing, health and mental health needs, and other critical support.
“During the course of this pandemic, we’ve seen individuals and families who’ve never sought public assistance before in need of it now. What these grants do is allow us to help the helpers, to get additional resources to the organizations who can provide that meal, or that safe space, or that connection that will allow someone to improve their situation,” said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, District 3. “Maricopa County is proud to partner with these trusted nonprofits to ensure they are able to meet the unique needs of this time.”
The grants are funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the federal legislation meant to help individuals, families and businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic. Maricopa County has been a regional leader in this space.
A similar, successful program implemented by the Board of Supervisors in 2020 used CARES Act funds to assist 69 local nonprofits.
"Not only does this funding to human services nonprofits further their mission to directly support the well-being of the community, it ensures that our neighbors who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic have trusted, reliable places to seek the specialized support they need to thrive," said Jacqueline Edwards, Director of Maricopa County's Human Services Department, which administered the grantmaking process for the County.
How Maricopa County Is Using Federal Funds
To ensure that ARPA funding awarded to Maricopa County is distributed equitably to the people who need it most, the Board of Supervisors approved spending priorities that include:
- Continued public health response, with dollars allocated to new health clinics and vaccine availability and education for all
- Affordable housing and home repairs as inexpensive housing is in short supply
- Workforce support
- Rent and mortgage assistance
- Homelessness prevention and mitigation
- Small/micro-sized business and nonprofit assistance
- Behavioral health and addiction recovery
- Services for seniors and people with disabilities
- Support for people impacted by domestic violence
Spending can be tracked on a public dashboard at Maricopa.gov/RescueFunds. To view and access all currently available support programs for Maricopa County residents and businesses, visit Maricopa.gov/Rescue.
The 82 nonprofits that were awarded grants are listed below. Under the contract, no more than 10% of the grant award can go toward administrative costs.
A New Leaf Inc
Administration of Resources and Choices dba ARC
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids dba AASK
Arizona Autism United, Inc dba AZA United
Arizona Caregiver Coalition
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education dba Arizona Bar Foundation
Arizona Knowledge Empowerment and Advocacy Group
Arizona Science Center
Arizona YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix
Assistance League of Phoenix, Arizona
Aster Aging INC
Back To School Clothing Drive
Banner Health Foundation
Best Buddies International
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
Boys & Girls Clubs Of The Valley
Cancer Support Community Arizona
Catholic Charities Community Ser
Central Arizona Shelter Svc
Chicanos Por La Causa Inc
Child Crisis Arizona
Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence Inc. dba Chrysalis
Community Bridges INC
Community Legal Services
Detour Company Theatre
Dress For Success Phoenix
Duet Partners In Health & Aging INC
Florence Crittenton Services
FSL Programs (Foundation for Senior Living)
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Future for Kids
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona
Homeless Youth Connection, Inc.
House Of Refuge INC
Human Services Campus, Inc.
ICAN, Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods
Jewish Family Childrens Service
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
MARC Community Resources INC
Midwest Food Bank, NFP dba Arizona Division
Neighborhood Ministries, Inc.
New Life Center dba New Life
New Pathways for Youth
Oakwood Creative Care
One Step Beyond, Inc.
Pathway to Work
Phoenix Rescue Mission
Raising Special Kids, Inc.
Crisis Response Network dba Solari Crisis & Human Services
Somali-American United Council of Arizona dba SAUC
Sonoran Prevention Works
Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired dba SAAVI
Special Olympics Arizona
St. Joseph the Worker
Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies, Inc. dba Stardust
Sun City Area Interfaith Services dba Benevilla
TAPAZ (Technical Assistance Partnership)
Tempe Community Action Agency
Arizona Pet Project
The Ecumenical Chaplaincy for the Homeless
The Opportunity Tree
UMOM New Day Centers
United Food Bank
Unlimited Potential INC
Valle Del Sol INC
Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus (Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center)
Valley of the Sun YMCA
Your Sure Foundation, Inc.