grntsUniSource Energy Services (UES) has awarded $29,000 in grants to support nine local nonprofit groups in Mohave County to improve education and provide community assistance.

 UES Community Impact Grants are awarded for programs with measurable results that help vulnerable populations in northern and southern Arizona communities where UES provides natural gas and electric service. UES will award a total of $80,000 in Impact Grants this year. The expanded program replaces the company’s longstanding Grants that Make a Difference program, which provided $47,500 last year.

Community Impact Grants for nonprofit organizations in Mohave County were presented today during a luncheon at Shugrue’s Restaurant & Bar in Lake Havasu City and on Thursday evening at Metcalfe Park. Both presentations coincided with United Way of the River Cities fundraising campaign kickoff events. Grants presented this week included:

·         $2,000 to Arizona Youth Partnership in Kingman for street outreach programs that provide services to at-risk youth.

·         $5,000 to Cornerstone Mission in Kingman to support services at two emergency shelters, including education, job training and life skills classes.

·         $2,500 to Havasu Community Health Foundation in Lake Havasu City to help pay for monthly health classes, equipment upgrades and other health services for limited-income residents.

·         $3,500 to the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council in Lake Havasu City, a volunteer-run organization that helps veterans overcome mobility issues and provides assistance with living expenses, medications and transportation.

·         $2,000 to Kingman Aid to Abused People for its Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Program. Grant funds will be used to help pay for awareness program training and purchase educational materials.

·         $5,000 to the Kingman Academy of Learning’s First Robotics Team 60, a community robotics club with members from several schools in the Kingman area.

·         $3,000 to the Kingman Mohave Lions Club to help pay for eye exams and eyeglasses for limited-income residents.

·         $3,500 to River Cities United Way for the Kids Bright and Healthy program, which assists youth from limited-income families with vision and dental care, participation fees, shoes and clothing, transportation and other forms of assistance.

·         $2,500 to Women with Willpower, an all-volunteer organization that provides one-time assistance to women in Lake Havasu City. Funds will be used to help pay for housing, utilities, transportation and groceries.

UES Community Impact Grants are awarded through a competitive process. Members of UES’ employee volunteer program and other stakeholders choose grant recipients by evaluating the effectiveness and sustainability of programs.

Recipients must demonstrate financial and organizational stability and meet other criteria. Agencies often use their grants as matching funds to seek additional funding from other sources. UES Community Impact Grants, like other community investments, are funded from corporate resources, not customers’ rates.