“Unidas” is the feminization of the Spanish word for “United.” This award-winning after-school program gives high school aged young women the opportunity to give away $5,000/semester to one non-profit organization that supports the type of social change that is most important to them. Throughout the program, participants gain hands-on experience in community issues, leadership, social justice, and grant-making – all centered around helping to improve the quality of life for women and girls in Southern Arizona.

Spring 2019 Grant RFPs are now open!
Under the auspices of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, Unidas participants have researched and analyzed the social justice issues facing women and girls in our community. Participants have created this request for proposals, and will conduct the application review, site visits, and will select one organization to receive a grant of $5,000 for EACH of their TWO grant focus areas.

Applicants may apply for funds around one or both of our grantmaking areas –
sexual violence with an emphasis on inclusivity (LGBTQ+ folx or migrants) AND/OR men’s work.

To apply, please visit

Mission and Funding Criteria:
Unidas will invest $5000 in one organization to address and/or support the issue of sexual violence in Southern Arizona and $5000 in one organization to address and/or support the issue of men’s work in Southern Arizona

Deadline: noon PST on Thursday, March 28, 2019. 

Eligibility Requirements
• Programs must serve communities in the greater Tucson area.
• Applications are not accepted from individuals, sports teams, political or lobbying organizations, organizations that discriminate, or religious organizations formed for sectarian purposes.
• Grant requests will not be considered for auctions or fundraising events, debt reduction, endowment funds, capital campaigns, litigation or legal expenses, productions or performances.

Unidas values programs and organizations that:
• Exhibit a meaningful need for the financial support provided through the grant.
• Improve the quality of life for high school-aged girls.
• Address the causes of problems, as well as provide solutions.
• Encourage broad-based community involvement.
• Have programs that may be replicated.
• Have a long-term perspective.
• Have demonstrated successful outcomes or are willing to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs.
• Collaborate to improve efficiency or effectiveness.

Additional Notes:
• Organizations may submit up to two grant applications if the programs are different but still meet the grants criteria.
• All applications will be reviewed by Unidas teen participants. The second part of the review process may include a site visit with Unidas participants. Organizations should hold from 5-6:30pm on the following dates for potential site visits: April 18 and 25 and May 2 and 9. The Unidas Program anticipates receiving many more requests than can be funded. An invitation for a site visit is not a guarantee of funding but an indication on the part of Unidas that they are interested in learning more about the program.


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Philanthropy Means

Philanthropy through the Unidas program is a way to help others by donating to organizations that support women and girls in Southern Arizona. The Unidas program offers the girls a glimpse into the world of opportunity and inequality. They have a chance to make a difference in other people’s lives. The high school girls learn about leadership and how to make philanthropic decisions that make an impact in the community.

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