“Unidas” is the feminization of the Spanish word for “United.” The program gives high school aged young women the opportunity to give away $10,000 to non-profit organizations that support the type of social change important to them. Throughout the program, participants gain hands-on experience in community service, leadership, social justice, and grant-making – all centered around helping to improve the quality of life for women and girls in Southern Arizona.


Our Spring 2018 Unidas Girls’ Leadership and Philanthropy grant is now open for applications, effective February 20 – April 6, 2018.

Under the auspices of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, Unidas participants have researched and analyzed the social justice issues facing girls in our community. Participants have created this request for proposal, and will conduct the application review, site visits, and will select one organization to receive a grant of $5,000.

The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona fosters equality and opportunity through support, advocacy and research. To help women and girls overcome economic, political, gender and social barriers, we encourage reform in the social climate, promote change in conventional attitudes and invest in organizations that strive for positive long-term changes.

Unidas Spring 2018 Grantmaking Focus: Homelessness with an emphasis on issues that affect women and girls, such as (but not limited to): sexual violence, LGBTQ+ issues, and healthcare.

Mission and Funding Criteria:
Unidas will invest $5000 in one organization to address and/or support the issue of homelessness in Southern Arizona.

Deadline: 5pm Friday, April 6, 2018

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 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm on May 9 and 10, 2018 for potential site visits. 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.

To submit your application, use one of the following links to access Common Grant:

First-time users to Common Grant Applications register here.

Returning users to Common Grant Applications login here.



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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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