Tucson Electric Power: Community Impact Grants

Tuscon Electric Power& UniSource Energy Services


Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $30,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 30, 2019 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Arizona: Apache County, Coconino County, Mohave County, Navajo County, Pima County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Arizona: Apache County, Coconino County, Mohave County, Navajo County, Pima County Expand all

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Overview:

Tucson Electric Power and UniSource Energy Services are committed to investing in the communities where we live, work and play. Our Community Impact Grants are designed to provide a significant boost to local community assistance, education and environmental protection efforts.

Focus Areas

  • Community Assistance/Limited income: programs and services for underserved members of the community including but not limited to at-risk persons, homelessness, domestic violence, poverty, foster care, child abuse prevention/treatment, etc.
  • Education: programs and activities that support pre-K through 12th grade, including but not limited to classroom resources and field trips, teacher assistance, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities, etc.
  • Environment/Sustainability: local or statewide programs and projects that support efforts to protect and preserve our air, land, water and wildlife habitat.

The goals of our program include:

  • Improving the quality of life in areas served by TEP
  • Directing support to our philanthropic focus areas, including education, environmental protection and community assistance for limited-income residents
  • Providing an open, competitive process for any qualified nonprofit group to present its proposal to TEP for funding
  • Encouraging agency collaborations - sharing expertise and resources for stronger programs - through a weighted scoring process
  • Providing a financial incentive to leverage volunteer involvement and/or other grant funds that need matching funds

TEP Community Impact Grants are designed to:

  • Provide funding for new or expanding programs that are critical to community well-being. (For new programs, there should be supporting data that shows need and sustainability prediction)
  • Provide funds towards matching grants, increase volunteer involvement (i.e. match for National Service Program) and/or other program leverage opportunities
  • Encourage nonprofits to formally collaborate with other nonprofit, educational, or government organizations in providing a programs that:
    • Provide expanded or improved services
    • Increase nonprofit business efficiencies that increase stability and resources for proven programs
    • Raise awareness, increase participation and/or advocacy of the program service

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • To be eligible for funding, an organization must:
    • Be a nonprofit with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the IRS and in good standing with all appropriate regulatory agencies.
    • Operate and provides services in TEP/UES territories and/or the White Mountain community.
      • Coconino, Navajo, Mohave, Pima, Santa Cruz, Yavapai Counties and White Mountain/Springerville Area in Arizona.
    • Submit the grant application into one of the following focus areas stated under "Overview".
    • Leverage other grants/funds or volunteers, involve collaboration with another nonprofit organization.
    • Provide evidence of fiscal stability and a way to measure the success of the proposed program.
    • Be incorporated for at least three years, with solid audited financial history and future funding stability.
      • In collaborations, there may be an organization that has not been a 501(c)(3) for 3 years, so the agency submitting the grant must have the 3 year incorporation status.
    • Relate the program in the grant request directly to the organization's mission.
  • TEP will consider up to 15% overhead and administrative costs per application. The remainder must be for direct program costs

Ineligibility:

  • Individual schools are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications that will not be considered include:
    • Capital campaigns, fundraisers, sponsorships, multi-year funding, and endowment requests
    • Submissions from government agencies or schools.
      • Associated parent-teacher organizations or foundations may apply.
    • Faith-based organizations with a religious requirement for program eligibility are not eligible.
      •  Social service programs provided by a church or faith-based organization are eligible.
    • Programs where funds will be used outside of TEP’s service territories