Grants + Opportunities

Page last updated 10/02/2023


Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) Dedicates Funding for the Western Reach of RIO (Lower Gila River Collaborative)

In addition to an Invasive Plant Grant Program, DFFM has $15 million dedicated to nonnative vegetation invasive species eradication projects along a portion of the Lower Gila River. This new fund applies to the Gila River between the western boundary of Avondale and the bridge at State Route 85 in Buckeye. Additionally, projects downstream of the State Route 85 bridge to Gillespie Dam are eligible. The purpose of the fund is to plan and implement projects that replace nonnative invasive species with native vegetation species and restore habitat to wildlife.

For more information, contact Willie Sommers, DFFM Invasive Plant Program Coordinator at

With this funding assistance from DFFM, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is implementing an invasives-removal project on 44 acres of AZGFD Commission-owned and managed lands within the Robbins Butte Wildlife Area. The project is within the focus area of the Lower Gila River Collaborative and within the Rio Reimagined corridor.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Remove up to 44. acres of invasive salt cedar within the Gila River riparian corridor.
  • Establish a viable, self-sustaining native plant community that provides high quality habitat to native species.
  • Mitigate fire risk on a high-risk parcel and thereby reduce the risk of fire within the Gila River corridor as a whole.
  • Integrate effective invasive plant management into a habitat enhancement project and facilitate the ongoing management (under the Department’s operations and management plan for Robbins Butte Wildlife Area) of the enhanced lands.
  • Work with partner organizations to complete a project that complements and is adjacent to other invasive removal/native revegetation projects.


Community Change Grant Program

The Environmental and Climate Justice Program (ECJ Program), created by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) under Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 138, provides funding for financial and technical assistance to carry out environmental and climate justice activities to benefit underserved and overburdened communities. Congress has appropriated $2.8 billion for financial assistance, and $200 million for technical assistance, to implement this new program at the EPA. EPA must award grants and technical assistance under the ECJ Program by September 30, 2026.

Partners for Places Program

Partners for Places aims to enhance local capacity to build equitable and sustainable communities in the United States and Canada.
These one-to-one matching awards support the planning and implementing of urban sustainability and green stormwater infrastructure projects.

To date, Partners for Places has awarded $10.9 million across North America in this successful matching grant program, leading to more than $21.6 million in investments.

The deadline to submit proposals is Feb. 27, 2024.

Arizona Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant (OSG)

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Arizona Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant (OSG) Program for sewer overflow and stormwater reuse pilot projects.

This program provides funding ($400,000 available) as reimbursements for sewer overflow and stormwater infrastructure projects in communities to reduce the flow of pollution into local waters.

The deadline to submit proposals is Feb. 29, 2024.

Phase I of the WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP, Phase 1)

This funding opportunity provides funding for collaborative, grassroots watershed groups to complete group development activities, watershed restoration planning, and watershed management project design.  Reclamation can provide up to $300,000 in Federal funds to an applicant over a three-year period, with no more than $100,000 to be available per year. No federal cost-share is required.

There are two application submission periods under this funding opportunity. Applications for the first submission period are due by December 5, 2023, and applications for the second submission period are due by April 2, 2024.

Reclamation will host a webinar(s) to discuss eligible applicants, project types, and the evaluation criteria for the funding opportunities above.

Applications for the second submission period are due by April 2, 2024

The Community Canopy Grant

is a transformative program designed to address urban heat, promote equity, and enhance green spaces within front line neighborhoods of our city. We invite neighborhood associations, community nonprofits, multi-family residential sites, non-residential sites and community members within the City’s Qualified Census Tracts to submit applications seeking trees, supplies and support for tree planting projects. 

No Submission Deadline

The Canopy for Kids Grant

The Canopy for Kids Grant program is a pioneering initiative aimed at increasing tree canopy coverage within public schools, 501(c)(3) schools, and properties managed by 501(c)(3) organizations that serve youth. This grant will fund tree planting projects on properties located within a Qualified Census Tract. Organizations outside of a Qualified Census Tract may be considered if 80% or more of their student population receive free or reduced lunch.

No Submission Deadline

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation 

Th DRK aims to support outsized impact through entrepreneurs and enterprises that create a transformational paradigm shift to meaningfully address a pressing societal problem affecting people’s lives. The application process is open year round. Unrestricted capital (totaling $300,000) is available for awardees.

No Submission Deadline

 Del E. Webb Foundation Funding 

The Foundation funds nonprofit organizations with offices in Arizona, Nevada or California that provide services to their local communities. Priority is given to projects and programs that progress to self-sufficiency.

No Submission Deadline

 U.S. Bank Foundation Community Possible Grant 

The U.S. Bank Foundation focuses on sustainable, high-impact funding with 501c3 nonprofit partners. Established partners are annually invited to apply for a grant via an invitation from a Community Affairs Manager. New and emerging organizations bring balance to our grant-making through our Letter of Interest (LOI) application, with funding set aside to explore new opportunities. Grant focus areas include; arts, culture, and places to play, workforce education and economic prosperity, and neighborhood stability and revitalization.

No Submission Deadline

 Urban Equity Climate Compact 

The Institute for Sustainable Communities’ Urban Equity Climate Compact began as a pilot program in 2021 to unite community organizations and local governments in Cincinnati, Baton Rouge, and Tampa Bay to address this issue and develop equitable, community-driven climate solutions.

The Urban Equity Climate Compact is now accepting applications for its new 2024 cohort. This  two-year project funded by the Kresge Foundation  seeks to scale equitable climate adaptation solutions by building the capacity of regional climate collaboratives to work with communities of color. ISC is in the process of recruiting teams for the next cohort, which will run from May 2023 to April 2024. 

No Submission Deadline

LISC Phoenix + the Arizona Housing Fund Grants for Permanent, Supportive Housing Projects in Arizona

The APS Community Tree Program – ongoing grant for community-based tree planting projects in high need areas within the APS service territory.The APS Community Tree Program will work to ensure people and neighborhoods in need across Arizona receive the many benefits trees provide. The program will reduce heat island effect by expanding the tree canopy cover in vulnerable communities within the APS service territory and support the APS Clean Energy Commitment. APS will offer grant funding to qualified organizations for community-based tree planting projects in high need areas within the APS service territory.

Through an open and competitive cycle, APS will accept only one proposal from a qualified organization per year. Proposals may be submitted for a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $10,000, and APS funding may only be used to purchase trees, tree stakes and ties. Funding priority will be given to projects in vulnerable communities that have low tree equity and high tree prioritization map scores.

No Submission Deadline

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas programs has a call for proposals that address health equity in one of four areas: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; and Future of Work. Pioneering Ideas also welcomes ideas outside of these focus areas that offer unique approaches to advancing health equity. Scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners and community leaders are encouraged to apply.

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$6 million appropriation for FY24 for the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund

On Friday, May 12, 2023, Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs announced that she signed an $17.8 billion budget for the 2024 fiscal year that features heavy investments in education, transportation, and tax rebates. The budget also includes $6 million for the State Parks Heritage Fund and $500,000 for the Arizona Trail. Check out the grant opportunities below.

Various deadlines 

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Programs

Economic Development Administration solicits applications from rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. The award range is between $100,000 – $30,000,000 with required match based on per capita income and unemployment rate.

No submission deadline

Keep America Beautiful Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund

Keep America Beautiful’s Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund benefits Keep America Beautiful Affiliates that serve communities directly affected by natural and environmental disasters. The fund provides immediate and long-term support for initial and ongoing cleanup efforts and helps rebuild vital public spaces: parks, greenways, community gateways, main street/downtown areas, open spaces and more.

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