CDF Awards Fiscal Year 2015

In FY 2014-2015, the Phoenix IDA, awarded a total of $1,517,972 to programs/projects in Education, Economic/Community Development, Health Innovations and Affordable Housing.  Following are the award recipients:

A Stepping Stone Foundation 
Education.  A Stepping Stone used the funds to provide a high quality preschool education for children, 3 to 4 years old in the Alhambra School District, who are at risk of school failure due to a low level of parent education and/or no English being spoken in the home.  In addition, parents were required to participate 32 hours per month in education activities.

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ACCEL (AZ Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills)
Education.  ACCEL used the funds toward the first year salary of an Adaptation Specialist who assisted with materials design, developed the Job Training Program, and implemented office skills training as the students worked on the production of literacy materials.  The project provided individualized instructional materials to serve approximately 250 students with disabilities.  Thirty high school students with disabilities received job training on office skills in the first year of the program.

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AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute 
Education.  AGUILA provides students in grades 9-12 a variety of opportunities to participate in seminars, test preparation, personal development, service learning, financial literacy, college search and tours, as well as internships.   The funds helped establish a West Valley site at Estrella Mountain Community College, a Maricopa Community College in Avondale, Arizona in the fall of 2015.

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Brunson-Lee Elementary School 
Education.  Brunson-Lee Elementary School (“BLES”) is located within the Balsz Elementary School District #31 (“BESD”).  The goal of the project was to build a lighted youth baseball field on the BLES campus.  A secondary goal was to serve the 571 BESD students living within the BLES attendance zone, as well as the Camelback East Little League, older youth and adult community members.  Over the past several years, parents, students and residents had voiced their concerns that there were not enough meaningful, safe and structured activities for youth outside of school, and that there were not enough green spaces for children to play and people to connect.  The build-out of this field is a symbol to the community that multiple stakeholders heard their voices and are invested in making a difference.

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Educare Arizona 
Education.  Educare used the funds to support the Educare Arizona Literacy Program.  Educare purchased educational materials for the children, literacy training materials for parents, and supported the salaries of teachers to conduct the classroom literacy activities.

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Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation 
Education.  The Men’s Basketball Program at Phoenix College awards 13 men’s basketball scholarships each year.  The funds were used to support the scholarship program which covers tuition, fees and books. 

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Phoenix Collegiate Academy 
Education.  Funds were used to recruit, retain and develop the best teachers to serve students in their mission for college success.  PCA retains 80% of their highest-quality teachers through growth and leadership opportunities and appreciation events.  Their goal is to recruit at least 10 high quality teachers through specific targeted outreach programs.

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Valley of the Sun United Way 
Education.  Funds supported 210 students from the Roosevelt School District in the Virtual Tutoring program, 20 parents in the Readiness Basket training program, and distribution of 500 school readiness kits.  The Virtual Tutoring program matches struggling readers with volunteer working professionals who tutor 30 minutes per week over the phone and via computer.  The Readiness Basket is an 11-week workshop for parents that emphasizes their role as their children’s first and most important teachers.   School readiness kits contain crayons, plastic scissors, a CD of nursery rhymes, three picture books, and lists of educational activities and games to help children in their development.

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Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial 
Economic/Community Development.  Over the past 111 years in Arizona, more than 105 heroes have lost their lives in the line of duty.  In 2013 HB 2136 authorized the construction of a statewide memorial at Wesley Bolin Plaza to commemorate those first responders whose lives have been lost.   Funding supported the Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial which will be a living memorial honoring these deaths and sadly, preparing for expected continued growth.  The memorial is being built without taxpayer or public funds and will be the first to recognize all fallen firefighters, paramedics, and forest service personnel.

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ASU Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
Economic/Community Development.  CREATE Phoenix has one mission - to make Phoenix a destination for makers, entrepreneurs and startups by attracting, expanding and supporting self-sustaining incubators, accelerators, co-working and startup space, with an overarching goal to build a density of operations where startups can grow to create high-wage, sustainable jobs in the community.  The City of Phoenix has engaged ASU’s Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I) as a partner to write a business plan to outline these efforts, and provide steps toward achieving the stated goal.  Funding provided support to ASU in creating a plan for enhancing the Phoenix entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.  The CREATE Phoenix program is expected to serve all Phoenix citizens.

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CO+HOOTS 
Economic/Community Development.  The CO+HOOTS Foundation’s mission is to influence and support community growth by engaging the power of co-workers, independent contractors and small business.  Funding was earmarked to assist the CO+HOOTS Foundation Expansion Project.  Moving to a larger space allowed CO+HOOTS to expand:  1) entrepreneurship assistance and education programming to Phoenix-based startups and early-stage companies, 2) granting mentorship, guidance resources and affordable office space, 3) education and training to women- and minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs to help them sustain and grow their businesses, and 4) job training, development, and job placement for individuals seeking employment in high-growth areas.

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Local First Arizona 
Economic/Community Development.  Fuerza Local (FL) is the multi-faceted program created to grow businesses in the underserved Latino communities in Arizona, help Spanish-speaking business owners leverage their localness in order to compete, help them market themselves and operate more effectively, and provide innovative microfinance options for aspiring business owners.  Funding supported the Business Accelerator program, a series of 24 business education classes to low-income business owners and managers with an idea for a business or who owns a failing business within a targeted geographic area primarily concentrated in west and south Phoenix. 

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Phoenix Parks Foundation 
Economic/Community Development.  The Phoenix Parks Foundation was established in 1979 to assist the City of Phoenix by enhancing and maintaining an engaging, well-equipped, safe park and preserve system for all to enjoy.  Funding to the Parks Foundation supported two projects:  the Cesar Chavez Dog Park Improvement Fund and the Baseline Corridor Forestry Maintenance, Replacement and Removal Fund.  The Cesar Chavez Dog Park Improvement Fund provided an opportunity for residents and other funders to augment the City of Phoenix investment in the park.  The Baseline Corridor Forestry Maintenance, Replacement and Removal Fund expedited the repair and replacement of mature shade trees in the Baseline Corridor and served as a pilot program to identify innovations, efficiencies and partnerships that can be translated to other parts of the City.

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SEED SPOT 
Economic/Community Development.  SEED SPOT believes in supporting entrepreneurs that are launching innovative ideas that improve lives, make communities stronger, and create positive social change.  Funding supported SEED SPOT’s full-time 4-month program that helps provide selected recruits with office space, education through a 14-month curriculum, mentorship, access to a network of successful local entrepreneurs, resources, tools, templates, and opportunity to secure capital.

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Sunnyslope Village Alliance 
Economic/Community Development.  Sunnyslope Village Alliance’s mission is focused on changing the way in which the community sees this developing and thriving North Phoenix neighborhood.  Sunnyslope Village Alliance has worked diligently on improving business, social, cultural, educational and recreational outlets within Sunnyslope, as well as establishing connections between residents, businesses, and visitors.  Funding assisted in rehabilitating and staffing a small business incubator in the heart of Sunnyslope, providing entrepreneurs access to high speed internet, office and meeting space, and an opportunity to network and collaborate with other emerging business leaders.

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UMOM New Day Centers 
Economic/Community Development.  UMOM New Day Centers’ mission is to prevent and end homelessness with innovative strategies and housing solutions that meet the unique needs of each family and individual.  UMOM developed the Homegrown Training and Workforce Development program to train adults to obtain employment in restaurant, catering, and other industries.  UMOM’s Homegrown Program provides food service and café market training to residents living in UMOM’s shelter.  UMOM used the awarded funds to help cover the costs of staff members that provide training to residents in the Homegrown Training and Workforce Development program.  These included the Chef Instructor and the Barista Trainer.  The grant ensured they had the staff needed to provide training through 2015.

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Valley of the Sun YMCA 
Economic/Community Development.  The Valley of the Sun YMCA “Y-Knot” project is an entrepreneurial work experience program/workforce development program supporting self-sufficiency for Maryvale unemployed youth ages 16-24.  This program provides low-income, at-risk youth the hands-on experience, skills, and knowledge needed to achieve financial independence in the marketplace.  The requested funds covered the salary of an experienced woodworking instructor (12 hours/week), pallet furniture making supplies, equipment to expand the quantity and quality of pallet furniture made, entrepreneurial licensing fees for youth served (30), and pallet furniture making costs.  Participants earned minimum wage and develop work-readiness competencies during their work experience.  Upon completion of the 10-week program, youth have the skills to pursue employment, additional entrepreneurial ventures or post-secondary education.

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Keogh Health Connection 
Heath Innovations.  Keogh Health Connection provides assistance to uninsured Arizonans.  Keogh assists Arizona’s vulnerable population secure affordable healthcare during times of personal crisis.  Their focus is people who are participating in programs to achieve self-sufficiency.  Funding was used to support enrollment activities and enable programmatic expansion by working with strategically located partners.  Keogh has staff on location at approximately 30 organizations and partners with over 100 organizations in Maricopa county.

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Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center 
Heath Innovations.  Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment, and community outreach.  SARRC’s Milestones Healthy Infant Development Program is a lecture/evaluation series to help educate parents on their child’s developmental milestones and to regularly assess for early warning signs of autism spectrum disorder.  Funds were used to support direct programmatic costs related to SARRC’s Milestones program.  This multidisciplinary research program established an innovative health-related program for Arizona families.

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Southwest Human Development 
Heath Innovations.  Southwest Human Development is one of Arizona’s largest nonprofits dedicated to early childhood development.  For over 20 years, the Good Fit Counseling Center has been Arizona’s only mental health center dedicated exclusively to serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.  Southwest Human Development used grant funds to provide salary support for the Good Fit Counseling Center.  Services provided include in-depth developmental and/or psychological assessments, psychiatric evaluation and consultation, play therapy, child and family counseling, and parent-child groups.  Good Fit will serve approximately 350 children and parents/caregivers annually.

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The Labor’s Community Service Agency, Arizona Community Foundation 
Affordable Housing.  The Labor’s Community Service Agency (LCSA), was selected to provide flood-related home repairs for homeowners living at/or below 80% of the area median income who due to a lack of credit or financial resources had not been able to repair the damages sustained from recent flooding.  Delivery of this program was made possible by the LCSA Home Revitalization Program staff.  To successfully achieve the project goals and identify eligible homeowners, LCSA partnered with the Phoenix Revitalization Corporation (PRC).

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Valley of the Sun United Way 
Affordable Housing.  A regional Funders Collaborative of public and private interests came together to address the need to transition 250 individuals from the Men’s Overflow Shelter and the parking lot into appropriate housing by ensuring there was adequate funding to successfully transfer them into a stable housing situation through Rapid Re-Housing (RRH).  This term describes the practice of focusing resources on helping families and individuals quickly move out of homelessness into permanent housing.  Funding assisted VSUW in the placement of 250 homeless individuals into RRH across the region.  Services to support RRH include housing search and landlord negotiation, short-term financial and rental assistance and the delivery of home-based housing stabilization services, as needed, in an effort to assist clients in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing.

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For more information, please contact Lydia Lee at (602) 534-9655 or llee@phoenixida.com.