Community Outreach Program

FY18 Surprise Community Outreach Program Award Recipients

In an effort to support and grow the quality of life in Surprise, the Mayor and City Council offer the Surprise Community Outreach Program. The program provides financial assistance to qualified nonprofits that provide direct services to City of Surprise residents.

The Surprise City Council set aside a minimum of $65,000 for FY2017-2018. Grant requests can be made for $10,000 or less.

To be considered for the program, applicants must meet eligibility requirements and submit a completed application.

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  1. Applicants must provide direct services which improve the health and welfare of Surprise residents.
  2. Applicants that received previous funding must be current in their reporting and havesubmitted timely and accurate reports.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to generate revenue from other sources.

Program Guidelines

  1. Receipt of an award does not guarantee continued support in subsequent years.
  2. Applicants must have enhancement of community lifestyle as their primary mission.
  3. Applicant must provide an event, program, or activity that makes Surprise better.
  4. The proposed project must take place in the City of Surprise and be open to the public.
  5. New applications are required for every round of funding.
  6. Applications must include any pertinent financial data, including a proposed budget.
  7. Applications must be typed, with an original signature and include supporting materials.
  8. Late applications will not be accepted.
  9. Final reports are due within thirty days of the completion of the program/event/activity. Lateor incomplete final reports may hinder an applicant’s future funding eligibility.
  10. Quarterly updates and a final presentation to the committee may be required.
  11. Award recipients will acknowledge the award in all programs, press releases, and otherpublicity with the following credit line: “_________________is supported by an award fromthe City of Surprise Community Outreach Program.”
  12. All applicants agree by accepting the award that all activities surrounding the function will beopen to all members of the public and no person shall be denied access to, or participationin, the events on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or disability.
  13. Maximum award per applicant will be $10,000.
  14. Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis; no upfront monies will be distributed.
  15. Applicants must provide 501(c) 3 verification, or partner with a 501(c) 3 agency.
  16. Project applications must include a copy of the organizations most recent Arizona CorporateCommission annual report.
  17. Awarded applicants do not have authority or privileges associated with City sponsorship,donations and/or in-kind not identified within the grant award letter (example: Channel 11,Progress Magazine, rental equipment, etc.).
  18. Applicants must present their proposal to the Council Sub-Committee on CommunityOutreach Partnerships & Grants during the August 17, 2017 meeting. The meeting iscurrently scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

How will I know if my application is approved?

  • Official notification will be sent to all applicants following official action by the Surprise City Council.
  • Successful applicants must sign and return the acceptance form before funds are awarded.
Pre-Application Meeting July 12, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Surprise City Hall
Council Chambers Overflow Room
16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85378
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Program Application Application Deadline:
August 11, 2017
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Submit applications to:

Human Service & Community Vitality Department
City of Surprise
Attn: Jodi Tas
16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374
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For more information, please contact Jodi Tas: 623.222.1330 or