Patagonia Regional Community Fund Announces Grant Award

April 1, 2022

The Patagonia Regional Community Fund (PRCF) recently announced its 2022 grants totaling $23,600 to seven area nonprofits. Additionally, donations this year from the Burton Family Foundation and the Mar-Walt Fund added to those funds for a total of $130,700. This is the first year that these additional subsidies have reached such a substantial level.

Organizations receiving funding provide local services ranging from news and education to basic health needs and recreation. These are the following:

  • Sky Island Tourism Association to help renovate the newly installed train caboose in Doc Mock Park which will be used for the relocated SITA Visitor Center.
  • Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center to support its Outdoor Food Forest project, with bounty from the garden going towards PYEC’s Continuous Cooking program, with any surplus going to local families.
  • Patagonia Regional Times to support the development and operation of an interactive online activity calendar to better enable EPR to keep local residents informed of what is happening in the community.
  • Patagonia Pool to help recruit, hire, train and certify lifeguards so that the pool can be kept open for the benefit of all full-time users during the summer season.
  • Patagonia Creative Arts Association to help with the after-school club theater program for local students, including providing instruments, instructors, costumes, theater props and related materials.
  • Mat Bevel Company to help develop learning objectives, standards, instructions, student activities, and worksheets for Module 3: The Electrical Energy of His Universe in the STEM curriculum.
  • Family Health Care Amigos to help purchase a truck with a lift to collect used furniture and related accessories for sale in the Purple Elephant Thrift Shoppe, to deliver purchased items to customers, and to collect and deliver durable medical equipment and supplies. incontinence supplies.

Colleen Luliucci, Regional Philanthropic Advisor for the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF), said, “Community members are the committee that reviews grant applications. They have the best idea of ​​the needs of the community and the projects that could really have an impact… We take into account how the application was written and a lot of planning and foresight has been put into the application.”

The Burton Family Foundation is an ACF support organization. The Mar-Walt Fund is a donor driven fund. Jim Schatz, Regional Steering Committee Chair for Patagonia, explained that “approximately 75% of funds held by ACF come from donor-advised funds, where donors make specific requests that their donation go to an organization special nonprofit charities research and audit.It also manages the investment of donor funds.ACF is a 501c-3 charitable organization.

Some of the additional funding provided by these two organizations allows spending beyond the scope of the declared projects. Money was also included for the Museum of Patagonia for its upcoming celebration of the completion of the Lochiel School renovation project.

“One of our roles is to connect nonprofits to other resources, financial and otherwise, and we were thrilled to make the connections that led to the additional funding,” said Angie Laskarides, director Regional Programs and Community Engagement, ACF.

To donate or apply for a grant, contact or call 602.381.1400.

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