Under the leadership of Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Commerce Authority is committed to providing resources to the Arizona community as we all work together to return stronger. Here the Arizona community can find ways to support local businesses, nonprofits and volunteer, along with answers to frequently asked questions.
Governor Ducey launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities.
AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund
Established as part of the Arizona Together initiative, the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona.
Thank you to the following for generous donations to the AZ Conoravirus Relief Fund
Arizona’s sixteen leading sports organizations formed AZSportsTogether in a collective effort to provide emergency relief funding. Each organization offered a unique, elite-level, “money can’t buy” experience and Arizona residents can purchase raffle tickets for an opportunity to win. Proceeds from raffle tickets sales will be donated to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund.
Frequently Asked Questions
In addition to the above resources, read these frequently asked questions for more information on how Arizonams can support small businesses, nonprofits and the community.
The Arizona community can support small businesses by buying gift cards, merchandise or ordering takeout. Purchasing gift cards gives businesses immediate revenue and allows consumers to cash in later. Local First Arizona maintains a list of promotions and updates for local businesses.
The Arizona Cardinals launched Cardinals Takeout, a network of independent, locally owned restaurants offering carry-out service. The interactive map provides Arizonans with a convenient list of local restaurants to patronize and support. The site also provides a way for the Red Sea to suggest restaurants to be included.
Arizona Takeout Weeks 2020
The Arizona Restaurant Association launched Arizona Takeout Weeks 2020, encouraging the ordering of takeout from local restaurants. With this comprehensive list, you can discover a variety of Arizona restaurants providing curbside pickup or delivery options. If you are a restaurant wanting to participate, register here.
A group of entrepreneurs based in Chandler has started #SaveArizonaBusiness, a grassroots initiative providing a platform for local businesses to generate more online traffic and awareness.
Invest Southwest, LeadMD and Startup AZ Foundation have joined forces to launch the AZ Local Impact Fund, created in response to COVID-19. The relief fund aims to provide financial support to small businesses and those they employ in order to preserve the local economy and inject much-needed financial support during this challenging time. The fund accepts donations from individuals.
AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund
The AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona. In addition to other important needs, the fund will assist nonprofit organizations that support the most vulnerable Arizonans through food banks, homeless shelters, domestic violence facilities and other services. The Arizona community may donate through Arizona Together.
Arizona’s top sports organizations formed AZSportsTogether to raise funds for the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund. Community members can buy raffle tickets to win one-of-a-kind sports experiences from each organization. Proceeds from the raffle with go to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund. Each package is listed on AZSportsTogether.com. Entries will be accepted through May 22.
Participating organizations include the Arizona Bowl, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona State Athletics, University of Arizona Athletics, Cactus Bowl, Cactus League, PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl, Grand Canyon University Athletics, Northern Arizona University Athletics, Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix Raceway, Phoenix Rising, Phoenix Suns, Scottsdale Charros and Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund
The Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund supports Arizona nonprofit organizations as they respond to the spread of COVID-19. In coordination with public authorities and healthcare experts leading the response to this health crisis, along with community organizations and other funding partners, ACF is working to shape philanthropy's response to local needs.
Arizona Gives, a program run by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum, is an annual event to connect people with causes they believe in. To support nonprofits that have lost significant amounts in critical funding, Arizona Gives created the Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund, Arizonans can donate to a specific nonprofit or donate directly to the fund.
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona established the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support nonprofit organizations in southern Arizona that have had to cancel events as a result of the outbreak. CFSA has seeded the Fund with an initial gift of $10,000. More information and the donation page can be found here.
As part of the Arizona Together initiative, Arizonans can find volunteer opportunities to support their at-risk Arizona neighbors. Community members can provide virtual support, deliver food and medication or help with daily tasks for people who live alone.
Volunteer at your Local Food Bank
You can also volunteer at your local food bank to help get food out to Arizonans in need. Visit St. Mary’s Food Bank to sign up for a volunteer time or donate to provide funds to buy essential supplies.
Under Governor Ducey’s leadership health care insurance companies are required to expand telemedicine coverage for all services that would normally be covered for an in-person visit. Telemedicine availability means Arizonans who may be sick or under quarantine can access care from their homes and avoid potentially risky trips to a health care provider.
The state’s telemedicine expansion includes:
- Medicaid plans must allow all covered health care services to be accessible by telemedicine to AHCCCS members, while prohibiting those plans from discounting rates for services provided via telemedicine.
- All electronic means of delivering telehealth including telephone and video calls
- A patient’s home is considered an approved location to receive telemedicine services
- Prohibits a regulatory board from requiring a medical professional who is authorized to write prescriptions to conduct an in-person examination of a patient prior to the issuance of a prescription.
The state of Arizona is partnering with private sector health care providers and universities to ramp up access to testing.
- Sonora Quest Laboratories is offering antibody testing to health care providers with the capacity for 1,000 to 3,000 tests per day. In early May, Sonora Quest plans to begin offering antibody testing to consumers without needing a provider’s order or insurance in Arizona.
- Banner Health opened a COVID-19 diagnostic testing site at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in addition to its testing sites in Phoenix and Tucson for prescreened patients.
- The University of Arizona is providing antibody tests to 250,000 health care workers and first responders.
- Arizona State University is hosting drive-thru testing for first responders and hospital personnel.
- Walgreens is offering drive-thru testing that allows individuals to test for the virus without leaving their vehicles.
- The Arizona Department of Health Services launched the Arizona Testing Blitz, with the goals of testing 10,000 to 20,000 Arizonans for COVID-19 every Saturday for three consecutive weeks, starting May 2.