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Grant Process

Piper Trust awards grants that continue Virginia Piper’s commitment to arts and culture, children, education, healthcare and medical research, older adults, and religious organizations.

  • We award grants to eligible organizations that meet our program area guidelines.
  • We review each grant request on its own merit.
  • We invest in projects that demonstrate the greatest promise for the people of Maricopa County.

Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, nonprofits must satisfy the following five criteria:

  1. Primarily serve Maricopa County.
  2. Have a current 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service or be a governmental entity. In addition, special rules apply to private foundations and 509(a)(3)(Type III) organizations .
  3. Be in operation for at least three years from the effective date of their 501(c)(3) tax status.
  4. Offer proposals that align with Piper Trust’s program guidelines.
  5. Have adopted all required Best Practices.

Program Guidelines

Each program area has a stated objective and specific strategies to meet that goal. Grant proposals must fall within these guidelines. Find more information on Piper Trust’s program areas and funding guidelines.

Types of Grants Piper Trust Considers for Funding

Programmatic Grants — Projects to improve service delivery and collaborative projects are more likely to receive a grant. Acceptable operating expenses are part of the proposed project budget but not for undesignated ongoing operations expenses.

Capital Campaign — The Trust considers multi-million, multi-year fundraising efforts once 75% of the campaign goal raised. Piper Trust’s support of capital campaigns is often for a bricks and mortar effort.

Capital Project— The Trust considers support for capital projects, such as, a facility remodel/renovation or a capital purchase for a program.

Types of Grants Piper Trust Does Not Fund

• expenses that expand an organization’s mission
• funds that replace public funds
• sponsorships
• scholarships
• in-school programs