RICO Community Grants
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) provides grant funding to non-profit organizations (IRS 501 (c)(3) status) to support programs that: assist victims of criminal racketeering offenses listed in A.R.S. § 13-2301 (D)(4); prevent substance abuse or gang activity in the community; educate the community on substance abuse or gang activity. The MCAO funds these community programs using funds recovered from criminals or criminal activity under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) by our Asset Recovery Bureau.
For the July 2021 grant cycle, MCAO received 31 applications from organizations throughout the valley. Due to the limited amount of funding available, a total of $106,500 was awarded to the following 13 local non-profit organizations.
- AZ Common Ground: AZ Common Ground is a re-entry program whose mission is to support, advocate and mentor previously incarcerated youth and adults to become leaders within Maricopa County. The program offers evidence-based prison reentry services that alter lives in a productive and meaningful way and reduce victimization throughout Maricopa County. Started 2011, the program has successfully graduated 681 students. AZ common ground receives over 120 news contacts per month.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of AZ: For more than 60 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, professionally supported matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in Maricopa County and helps develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
- Black Family and Child Services (BFCS): BFCS is a community-based social service agency in metropolitan Phoenix. Serving children and families of all ethnic backgrounds. Our program Enabling Youth to Thrive helps at-risk students in the Roosevelt School District.
- Elevate Phoenix: Elevate Phoenix develops stable, consistent relationships with urban students by providing full-time Teacher-Mentors to create structure and accountability for transformation. Accredited classes are taught in and approved by the Phoenix Union High School District. Programming is provided free of charge to schools in Phoenix.
- Gabriel's Angels: Gabriel’s Angels’ mission is to inspire confidence, compassion, and best behaviors in at-risk children through pet therapy. The Pet Therapy Teams visit crisis nurseries, domestic violence and homeless shelters, and Title one schools all in an effort to intervene in children’s lives and enhance their emotional and behavioral development by teaching core behaviors – attachment, confidence, self-regulation, affiliation, empathy, tolerance, and respect.
- ICAN: ICAN is a free, family-centered youth service in the East Valley providing a full complement of programs proven effective in equipping at-risk youth to achieve personal and academic success by tackling substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. The after-school program helps youth develop the critical skills they need to be productive and responsible members of their community.
- MADD: The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking. The Underage Drinking and Drug Use Prevention Campaign highlights the dangers of underage substance use and teaches strategies to avoid drug and alcohol use.
- New Pathways for Youth: New Pathways for Youth is a holistic development program and 1:1 mentoring within community groups, we guide our youth as they discover renewed outlooks on life and realize unwritten possibilities for their futures. Through Workforce Development and College and Career Planning programs we seek to interrupt destructive behaviors and provide life skills necessary to keeps kids on track in school.
- notMYKid: notMYkid provides children and families with truly lifesaving programs, support, resources, and education. Our mission for the past two decades has been to empower and educate youth, families, and communities with the knowledge of healthy coping skills and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.
- Peer Solutions: Peer Solutions focuses on preventing the root causes of harm through youth-led, community-driven solutions. Their programs deliver a year round substance abuse and drug prevention workshops at high schools through-out Maricopa County.
- Resilient Me: As the only research-based and trauma-informed resilience organization in Arizona, Resilient Me uses transformative programming to give youth in foster care the life skills to over-come trauma and become triumphant adults. Through evidence-based interactive workshops that utilize skills building exercises Resilient Me helps youth develop resiliency.
- Save the Family: Save the Family Foundation of Arizona offers a variety of programs designed to empower families to conquer homelessness and achieve life-long independence. Early on, Save the Family recognized that families need more than safe housing to conquer homelessness. They also need skills and confidence to lead productive, self-sufficient lives. Today Save the Family offers an array of programs for adults, youth and children including a comprehensive afterschool and summer program which utilizes a substance abuse and violence prevention curriculum.
- The Zion Institute: The Zion Institute, with our network of service partners, provides resources to individuals and organizations, designed to stimulate economic growth, revitalize neighborhoods, and strengthen social bonds among people. We provide support and resources for the development of individuals, working to break the cycles of generational poverty and foster an improved quality of life. Our Focus on the Future Initiative supports South Phoenix’s at-risk youth by using evidentiary approaches to change their all-too-likely trajectory from poverty and poor life choices to that of productive, healthy, law-abiding members of their community.
Please check back in Spring 2022 for information related to the next grant cycle.