UniSource Energy Services (UES) will award $80,000 this fall to help nonprofit organizations improve education, protect our environment and expand limited-income assistance through its Community Impact Grants.
Applications and guidelines will become available on UES’ website at uesaz.com/community beginning on Tuesday, August 1. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, to be considered for funding.
UES Community Impact Grants are available to organizations in northern and southern Arizona communities served by UES. Grants will be awarded this fall to nonprofit organizations that provide services in three focus areas:
- Education. Eligible programs may include enrichment activities for preschool through 12th grades, classroom supplies and field trips, teacher support, and science, technology, engineering, art and math activities.
- Environmental protection and sustainability. Local or statewide programs and projects that support efforts to preserve and protect air, land, water and habitat may qualify.
- Community assistance. Qualifying programs provide services for limited-income families and individuals affected by homelessness, domestic violence, poverty, child abuse and substance abuse.
Grant funds will be divided among UES’ service areas based on population. UES will award $15,000 in Coconino County, $29,000 in Mohave County, $8,500 in Navajo County, $12,500 in Santa Cruz County and $15,000 in Yavapai County. The minimum grant request amount is $1,000.
UES Community Impact Grants are awarded annually through a competitive process. UES employees evaluate program effectiveness and sustainability to choose grant recipients, who 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.