Unidas Emergency Relief Fund (WFSA – UERF)

The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s after-school program Unidas has shifted their grant-making focus for this semester in order to support COVID-19 relief work. The young women of Unidas previously released a request for proposal and had planned to provide one grant to an organization that addresses women’s health and wellness; instead, the teen participants have decided to provide $500 micro-grants to multiple organizations in an effort to provide broad and immediate support.

The award-winning Unidas program teaches high school-aged young women about leadership, philanthropy and social justice issues by giving participating teens the opportunity to award grants to non-profit organizations that work to improve the quality of life for women and girls in Southern Arizona. An Unidas Emergency Relief Fund (WFSA – UERF) has been created to lend a hand during this COVID-19 pandemic to non-profits organizations serving women and girls in Tucson.

These young leaders recognize that in the midst of unprecedented crisis, women and girls, bear the brunt of the economic impact at a disproportionately higher rate. COVID-19 shines a harsh light on the economic struggle that 40% of mothers in the U.S. face as the primary breadwinners in their family. Some women will lose all or part of their income and others will have the privilege of working from home. However, each mother is expected to provide the essentials, food, transportation, housing and childcare or home-school their children, at a minimum.

Deadline: noon PST on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Complete the brief application here:  www.Unidas Emergency Relief


Unidas Grant Eligibility Requirements
• Programs must be part of a 501c3 organization or have a 501c3 fiscal sponsor, and 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.


Questions: Please contact Desiree Maultsby at 520-622-8886,ext. 3 or

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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