Sixteen Southern Arizona organizations and schools have been awarded grants from the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation.

The grants, totaling more than $190,000, are intended to enhance children’s opportunities in sports, education and leadership.

The recipients are:

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson: $2,000 for the Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse

• Arts Express: $16,700 for the arts education program

• Studio Connections: $2,500 for the DaVinci Youth Program: creative arts and peace education

• Mesa Verde Elementary School: $25,000 for 21st-century learning and research space in the library

• Professional Association of Women’s Service/Assistance League of Tucson: $2,000 for the Hooked on Books literacy program

• Make Way for Books/Early Literacy Center for Southern Arizona: $16,500 for the promoting peace through picture books project

• Holaway Elementary School: $25,000 for playground renovations for the Climbing Coyotes playground

• Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona: $15,950 for the ropes challenge course at Whispering Pines Center

• Interfaith Community Services: $5,000 for the youth enrichment program

• Team up for Tucson: $12,000 for the Stuff the Hummers annual Christmas toy drive

• Community Partnership of Southern Arizona: $3,266 for the youth mental health first aid program

• St. Mark’s United Methodist Church: $3,420 for the Snak Paks for Kids program

• Youth on Their Own: $20,000 for homeless student support

• Amphi Future Farmers: $2,000 for recognition and leadership activities

• Cross Middle School: $20,000 for technology support (32 computers)

• Walter Douglas Elementary School: $18,820 for technology support (30 laptops)

The Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation received more than 45 applications for grants, giving special consideration to programs that would benefit children for years to come, said Tina Mead-Ramirez, vice president of the foundation.

The money behind the grants was raised through community donations and fundraisers, Mead-Ramirez said.

“We are thankful for the support of the Southern Arizona community for giving their time and gifts to honor the memory of Christina-Taylor,” Mead-Ramirez said.

The Foundation was established by the Green family to honor their daughter’s life through charitable and educational projects that reflect her interests, values and dreams.

Christina-Taylor, 9, was shot and killed during the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings in Tucson.

For more information on the foundation, including an upcoming celebrity golf fundraiser on Nov. 3, go to

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at or 573-4175.