UniSource Energy Services (UES) will award $80,000 this year to help local nonprofit groups improve education, protect our environment and expand limited-income assistance through its new Community Impact Grants.

UES Community Impact Grants are available to organizations in UES’ service areas. The expanded program replaces the company’s longstanding Grants that Make a Difference program, which provided $47,500 last year.

“We want to increase our positive impact in areas where we’ve focused our philanthropic support, including education, environmental protection and community assistance,” said David G. Hutchens, UES’ President and CEO. “We’re committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

Grant funds will be divided among the areas served by UES based on their population. UES will award $15,000 in Coconino County, $30,000 in Mohave County, $5,000 in Navajo County, $15,000 in Santa Cruz County and $15,000 in Yavapai County. The minimum grant request amount is $1,000.

Application guidelines, forms and other details are available on uesaz.com. Applications must be submitted online at uesaz.com/community by July 27 to be considered for funding.

Applications will be reviewed through September, and grants will be awarded this fall.