ViewMedia-mgid=322859&vid=4&download=1UniSource Energy Services (UES) will award $50,000 to help nonprofit organizations improve our communities’ health and well-being during this year’s presentation of Grants That Make a Difference.

UES’ competitive grants program has provided more than $430,000 since 2005 to nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in UES service territories in six Arizona counties.

Application guidelines, forms and other details are available online at All applications must be submitted online by July 31. To encourage early entries, eligible nonprofit organizations that submit completed applications by July 10 will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 donation. Applications that are mailed or hand-delivered, or those with incomplete information, will not be considered for funding.

The Grants That Make a Difference program is designed to fund efficient, effective programs from fiscally sound organizations that produce measurable benefits. Preference is given to collaborative efforts that allow agencies to share resources and reduce service delivery costs. Grant requests may range from $2,500 to $10,000.

The grants are an important part of UES’ award-winning community service efforts, which include direct contributions, in-kind services and volunteer support for local nonprofit groups. In 2014, UES contributed nearly $1 million to charitable causes while company employees joined their friends and family in contributing 8,000 volunteer hours to 130 nonprofit groups. All grants and contributions are funded from corporate resources, not customers’ rates.