Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona

Grants Awarded FY23

Fast Pitch Grants

The Fast Pitch grant supports an organization’s ability to operate efficiently and build capacity through education such as conferences, webinars, speakers, or training curriculum for staff, board, or volunteers. The purchase of technology and software used to build internal capacity of the nonprofit organization is also included in the Fast Pitch Grant.

Training of 2 officers as School Resource Officers

Purchase of an up-to-date computer with word processing, excel, and photo editing software capabilities

National conference attendance by Program Director, project director, and lead high school intern

National conference attendance by Program staff

National conference attendance by Clubhouse Director, Resource Development Staff, and Chief Program Officer

3 laptops to be used in medical education to support and expand the Community Health Education Program

Purchase a large screen tv monitor

Technology/Marketing consultant, marketing platform, website/domain

Education for Board in resource development, budgeting, financial planning, community outreach, Strategic planning and professional development

Staff training for media arts director and 2 assistants in music production and mixing mastering

Training in use of technology and social media and marketing and social media software        

Staff training for implementing a sponsorship program and nonprofit finance

Purchase an office printer

Purchase Mantis X equipment along with Bluetooth technology

A one-year subscription to Google Workspace and a 2-day board and staff training retreat

Responsive Grants

The Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona collaborates with The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise. Cooperatively each organization funds grants up to $5,000 for a one year project.

The Legacy Foundation accepts applications for grants pertaining specifically to population health and community wellness. All other grant requests are made directly to Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise.

The Rangers will use the grant to purchase One Digital trunking radio. This radio will assist the Rangers in providing security for the Sierra Vista Public Schools.

Catholic Community Services provides support services to families and children involved with the Department of Child Safety. One of the programs is Parent Aide Services which supervises parenting time between parents and their children. The funds will be used to renovate the Parenting Time Visitation Office to make it more family-friendly and comfortable.

The City of Douglas will create a space where social determinants do not prevent access to optimal mental health and physical well-being. This project will be the installation of gaming tables, such as checkers and chess, at Castro Park that can accommodate people of all abilities in an open space.

The Police Department requires a fit and healthy workforce to meet the needs of the Community and a proper gym is critical. The funds will be used to purchase new fitness equipment for the Sierra Vista Police Department Gym. The new equipment will replace poorly functioning equipment so that members of the SVPD may meet their fitness goals.

The funds will be used to create Musical Art-Inspired Active Play. By adding arts-related play equipment to Willcox public park, the City of Willcox will increase active play, introduce music making, facilitate engagement across generations, and support creativity. While the project targets children, the equipment is designed to support interactive play for all sizes and abilities. 

The Cochise County Master Gardener educational outreach project funds will help to support 3 entities of its program:

1)  Classes and hands-on workshops offered to the community

2)  A Seed Library

3)  A 3-hour educational Field Trip Program in the Discovery Gardens offered to all schools in the county

Veterans Financial Support through the Veterans Assistance Program is how Cochise Serving Veterans will use the funds. The Veterans Assistance Program (VAP) provides eligible veterans and their families with emergency housing, utilities, food, transportation, employment opportunities and counseling; supporting a veteran’s ability to sustain safe and secure conditions in a difficult financial status.

Douglas Arc is involved with community wellness by preparing and delivering 175 home deliver meals daily five days per week in Douglas, Bisbee, and Elfrida areas. These funds will purchase the food trays, salad and desert containers that are used daily. 

The funds will be used to help Identify developmental delays in Cochise County children through an online screening tool. The pandemic’s impact on services for young children has caused a decrease in the number of children identified as having developmental delays. By using social media to promote an     on-line tool, Easterseals Blake Foundation will identify Cochise County children with developmental delays and help them receive needed support.

This project will provide personal hygiene items for our homeless and low-income veterans in Cochise County communities. On the street mental health support will be provided and specific resources and guidance will be offered while providing these “street” setting non-traditional support groups. 

San Simon Fire District wants to make sure its firefighters have the best gear available to fight fires and be well protected. These funds will be used to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus for use by the firefighters.

Senior Citizens of Patagonia will use the funds to provide First Aid and CPR Training to their volunteer transportation drivers and dining room helpers. As most of its clients are seniors and people with disabilities, it is beneficial that these volunteers be familiar with First Aid and CPR. With this grant, eight people will be trained with this knowledge.

BE KIND will offer 2 Cochise County schools a comprehensive youth development program that will create & inspire a positive, supportive & successful classroom & school culture. Students will develop the skills & mindsets they need to thrive socially, emotionally & academically now & in the future.

This project funds the use of wheelchair vans based in Sierra Vista and Willcox to better serve wheelchair-bound Neighbors with access to critical medical care.  Funding will also be used for annual vehicle insurance as well as some fuel costs.

Funding will support ACE of Arts (Aging as a Creative Endeavor). ACE of Arts is a community wellness art program supporting seniors in their quest to explore, discover, learn, and create. Sessions span six months, combining creative exploration with social interaction, culminating in the collective sharing of their creative accomplishments.

The Winchester Heights Health Organization Community Center has a dirt soccer field that was built and is maintained by community members and used by men’s, women’s and children’s soccer teams. These funds will be used to fence in the field for Jugamos Futbol! (Let’s Play Soccer!).

Innovative Grants

Each year the Legacy Foundation offers Innovative Grants up to $50,000 a year for up to two years ($100,000 max). These projects must meet at least one of the Innovative criteria contained within the grant guidelines.

Recreation Equals RE-Creation. Build a community infrastructure for varied health and wellness programs that serve multigenerational populations

S.E.T (Safety, Efficiency, Training). The Boys and Girls Club will renovate its administrative offices, purchasing furniture and technology. Software includes a program database allowing information about the youth to be accessible by club staff when needed.

Cochise County Street Outreach Team. Cochise County Street Outreach Team will provide harm reduction services to street populations and at-risk communities, providing a vital link in the continuum of care for people who use drugs and unhoused populations

Operate a Year-round Heated Swimming Pool Program to Improve Regional Community Health and Wellness. This includes facility upgrades, pool heating equipment, and other equipment

Increase capacity and efficiency by installing an outdoor commercial refrigerator

Salud para Nuestra Gente (Health for Our People). WHHO will expand their Community Health Worker health promotion services to farmworkers and families in Bowie and San Simon. The WHHO staff will train and support local residents as Promotoras de Salud to provide outreach, education, and referrals

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