Grantmaking Organizations Considered ‘Essential Businesses,’ Ducey’s Chief of Staff Says

April 01, 2020

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed an executive order instituting a stay-at-home policy to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. The order took effect Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The order requires Arizonans to stay in their homes except when engaging in essential activities including shopping for groceries and supplies and to work in essential businesses and operations.

An executive order signed last month includes “organizations that provide charitable and social services” in the definition of “Essential Businesses and Operations.”

Arizona Grantmakers Forum on Monday asked Ducey’s chief of staff, Daniel Scarpinato, if grantmaking organizations qualify as organizations that provide charitable and social services.

“They would absolutely be covered under that language,” Scarpinato said in an email.

He added that even non-essential businesses may continue to operate activities that do not require in-person, on-site transactions and are encouraged to maintain at least minimum basic operations.

For grantmakers, those basic operations appear to include processing grant applications and payments.

NOTE: The information does not constitute legal advice. For more information, Arizona Grantmakers Forum encourages members to read the executive orders and seek legal guidance regarding compliance with the stay-at-home order.

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