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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 show the greatest promise for Maricopa County residents.

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 We Typically Fund

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.

Cash Operating Grants — Select arts organizations are eligible for grants that will help improve financial stability. Please contact Program Officer Ellen Solowey for more information.

Capital Grants — The Trust considers both capital projects and more extensive capital campaigns. A capital commitment usually represents 5 to 10 percent of a total capital budget. The Trust cannot consider capital campaigns until the organization attains three-quarters of the goal. Piper Trust also requires 100 percent financial participation by members of the capital campaign committee.

Types of Grants We Typically Do Not Fund

Expenses that would expand the organization’s mission

Funds to replace public funds




In-school programs