Grants for Single Mothers in Arizona

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Last Updated on January 31, 2024 by Lori Pace

I’ve walked in the shoes of a single mother in Arizona, facing financial struggles, especially during the pandemic. I understand the need for essential resources. Fortunately, I can tell you from personal experience that the state of Arizona offers grants tailored to support low-income individuals like us.

Continue reading below to find out more about the different grants and assistance programs offered in the state of Arizona.

AZ Resources for Single Moms

You’re welcome to visit our page on personal grants for single mothers if you reside in a different state. However, if you are looking for grants for single mothers in specific cities in Arizona, see the links below:

Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)

ACPE or The Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education has grants for struggling single mothers. One of those grants is the AzLEAP also known as Arizona Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership, this is a grant based on needs and eligibility.

Single mothers who work as teachers can also benefit from the MSSE grant or The Math, Science, and Special Education Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program. To learn more about these state-funded programs, visit their website or call their office in Phoenix, at (602) 258-2435 to see if you qualify.

Arizona Federal Pell Grant

As a single mom who pursued a degree while managing a family, I can vouch for the Federal Pell Grant offered by Arizona State University. It’s a lifeline for low-income individuals like me. To provide you with comprehensive information, here’s what you need to know: eligibility criteria, how to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and what to expect when you apply.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

Drawing from my experience, I want to make sure you have all the facts. The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are a great resource for low-income individuals balancing family and education. But I also know that it’s crucial to be clear on eligibility. You must be a recipient of the Federal Pell Grant, and it’s essential to file your FAFSA on time to maximize your chances.

Unlike other grants, the funds for FSEOG are limited, so only a handful of individuals can benefit. For more information, call up the ASU Financial Aid Office at (855) 278-5080.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Another resource for single mothers is the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), especially during this pandemic. Based on my experience, I can confirm that the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) steps up during tough times. They offer vital unemployment benefits for mothers who qualify.

To check your eligibility and get accurate information, you can call the toll-free AZ Unemployment Insurance Call Center at 1 (877) 600-2722 or their Phoenix center at (602) 364-2722.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Ease your worries about daycare with the Child Care Assistance Program or CCAP. The DHS or the Arizona Department of Health Services has an extensive list of licensed childcare centers, group homes, and even individuals.

To avail of the services, you need to be enrolled in the DES Jobs Program, be currently employed, or currently enrolled in education classes. You can visit their website to see the full list of requirements or call the DES Child Care Administration at (602) 542-4248 or contact their statewide office at 1-800-308-9000.

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Head Start and Early Head Start

Another one of the resources for single moms and low-income individuals in AZ is The Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These programs have social services for single or low-income teen mothers. As a single mom, I’ve explored various assistance programs, and I want to give you the full picture. The Head Start Program is a fantastic resource designed for children aged 3 to 5, while the Early Head Start caters to pregnant women and children from ages 3 to 5 years old.

For more information on how you can contact the Arizona Head Start Association at (602) 338-0449 or call toll-free 1-866-763-6481. You can also send an email over to azheadstart@azheadstart.org.

KidsCare – Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

When it comes to your child’s health, I know how crucial it is. The State of Arizona participates in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through KidsCare. As a single mom, I can attest that you can check your children’s eligibility for this program, which ensures their well-being. To secure this grant, start the application process on July 1 and anticipate the program to kick off on September 1. It’s a process that I’ve been through and can guide you in detail.

Apply online through Health-e-Arizona Plus (HEAplus) or download and fill out an application. You can also call about the CHIP program at (602) 417-4000 or toll-free at 1-800-654-8713.

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

A more extensive grant in Arizona is the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) has medical assistance programs for low-income adults, children, and the elderly.

To apply for this grant, check the income eligibility chart, apply online, or download an application on the AHCCCS website. Another funding available is the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) is available to elderly and disabled people. Apply online, call, or visit an ALTCS office.

Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)

I understand the importance of health for both moms and kids in our journey. The Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) has our back with the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC). It’s not just about grants; it’s a program tailored for single mothers, providing essential support for your family’s health and nutrition. You’ll need to determine your eligibility online or visit the local WIC clinic. The clinic’s program provides information about nutrition, breastfeeding, and many others.

I’ve been through the process, so let me guide you. To check your eligibility for the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), you can reach out to the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) at (602) 542-1025 or the WIC program at 1-800-252-5942. If you prefer a face-to-face consultation, consider visiting a WIC clinic. They’re not just about grants but also provide valuable information on nutrition, breastfeeding, and more.

Nutrition Assistance (NA)

I’ve navigated the process, and transparency is key. The Nutrition Assistance (NA) grant in Arizona is your lifeline for low-income assistance. To check your eligibility and apply for benefits, you can visit the official website, which provides detailed guidelines and resources.

Remember, it’s essential to have accurate information, so you can also call the Family Assistance Administration (FAA) at 1-855-432-7587 for any questions or visit their field office in Arizona for personalized assistance.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!